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Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation Master's Degree Requirements

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Applicants normally come from undergraduate biological backgrounds or from applied areas such as fisheries or wildlife. Students with backgrounds in areas tangential to the field of resource conservation may apply with the understanding that deficiencies could extend their time in the program; normally, two to three years are required for the completion of the Master’s degree. Candidates normally write theses worth 10 hours of credit and are given a final oral examination upon its completion. Students completing a thesis must take in addition a minimum of 20 graduate credits, at least 6 of which must be earned in 600-800 series courses. There is no language requirement for the Master’s degree.

Alternatively, some students may choose to complete a professional Master’s degree with a concentration in one of several particular areas of study previously outlined by the faculty. These non-thesis options require 30 academic credits (of which more than 12 must be 600- to 800-level courses) and a 6-credit practicum with a professional agency or organization. Two years are required for the completion of most options.

Professional Degree Concentrations are Wetlands Conservation, Watershed Science and Management, Spatial Data Analysis and Remote Sensing, Human Dimensions, and Conservation Education and Outreach.