Student Carson Butler uses radio telemetry to locate a bighorn sheep mortality for the Greater Yellowstone Area Mountain Ungulate Project in Wyoming. Photo by Jesse DeVoe


The Ph.D. in Fish & Wildlife Biology serves the needs of students whose dissertation research addresses an applied fish or wildlife management problem. It serves the interests of students primarily interested in research careers in federal or state fish and wildlife agencies or in academic careers in fish and wildlife departments. Coursework associated with this degree tends to emphasize applied fish and wildlife management.

Application Deadlines

Application deadline for Domestic students:

Fall Semester - July 8th
Spring Semester - November 24th

Summer Semester - March 25th

Application deadline for International Students

Fall Semester - May 8th
Spring Semester - November 24th

Summer - January 25th

Required Tests

The GRE is required. The sum for the verbal and quantitative scores should be a minimum of 300 for the current GRE tests. Scores should not be more than five years old but exceptions may be made; verbal/quantitative sum for tests before July, 2011 should be 1100. The institution code for score submission to Montana State University is 4488.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants are responsible for communicating with faculty of interest to inquire about potential graduate positions available. If requested, applicants should be prepared to provide a CV, transcripts, GRE scores, and/or references to the faculty member. Once an applicant has been selected by a faculty advisor to pursue their graduate degree, the faculty will invite the applicant to complete the Graduate School application. Applicants must enter the name of the faculty advisor who has agreed to support their degree, along with other required items, and submit the application for final decision by the department and The Graduate School. If an application is submitted without faculty advisor support, it may not be reviewed for admission to the department.

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal.