The Department offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science degree in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. The degree can be personalized to emphasize fields such as Fisheries Sciences, Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Ecology.
Minimum qualifications for admission to the graduate program include the following:
• An undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management, Fisheries Management, Ecology, Biology, Genetics, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Sciences or a similar field.
• Coursework in zoology, botany, vertebrate biology, genetics, and animal ecology and as well as coursework that shows a basic appreciation of sustainable use of natural resources. Supporting courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and written and oral communication are also expected.
• 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work.
• For international students, TOEFL scores.
All applicants must contact a faculty member in the Department they would like to work with as an Advisor, and that faculty member needs to agree to serve as the student's Advisor and work with them to successfully fund their research. Given the strong mentoring ties between individual faculty members and their students, and the fiscal support that faculty generally provide to their students, developing a close rapport with a potential faculty advisor prior to applying to the program is a critical step in the admission process. Students that have not secured the support of an advisor are generally not admitted into the graduate program.
Successful applicants will be selected from those who meet the criteria of grade-point average and educational background, and whose work and academic experiences, writing and communication skills, and written references collectively demonstrate professional promise. The department no longer requires the reporting of GRE scores. However prospective students must have the backing of an individual faculty member within the department prior to admission (see above), and some faculty may still request scores to aid in their personal assessment of potential students they are considering mentoring.
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