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Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for the Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate program include an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and junior-senior average of 3.0, based on a 4.0 scale. Because of the diversity of programs in the department, professional preparation may vary considerably. In general, the following subject matter areas are required (with the number of course credits noted in parentheses) for admission to the Wildlife and Fisheries Science graduate program:

  • Chemistry and/or physics  (8)
  • Calculus, statistics, computer science  (10)
  • Biology, botany, zoology  (8)
  • Writing and speaking  (12)
  • Economics, social sciences, humanities  (12)
  • Forest science, wildlife and fisheries science, wood products (18)

Recipients of baccalaureate degrees from forest science, wildlife and fisheries science, wood products programs and other typical science programs normally will fulfill the course subject area requirements. Students with undergraduate degrees not in these disciplines are invited to apply, but may be admitted on a "provisional" status pending make-up of deficiencies. The faculty member who agrees to serve as adviser of a provisional student will stipulate conditions to be met for transfer from provisional status to a graduate degree program. Final decision on course deficiencies rests with the student's graduate committee. Provisional status will not be used for admitting students who have substandard grades to Ph.D. programs.

The best-qualified applicants are accepted within the limits of available openings in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management graduate program. Exceptions to the admission criteria may be granted for applicants with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests. However, deficiencies must be fulfilled early in the program. Applicants with a large number of deficiencies may be advised to enroll in a second bachelor's program in Forest Science, Wildlife and Fisheries Science, or Wood Products. 

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires evidence of research ability; e.g., a master's degree thesis, paper, or equivalent publication and a grade point average of 3.3 or higher in a graduate degree program, exclusive of thesis and special problems. Baccalaureate degree students graduating from an honors program with a required thesis, or who have authored a refereed publication, may be considered for admittance without a master's degree.

The Graduate Program Coordinator of graduate studies and the electronic process will supply all necessary application materials and relevant information. Applications should be submitted prior to January 4 for beginning a program in the summer or fall. Many assistantship decisions are made in early February;  therefore, early application is encouraged and increases the chances of accessing special support funds.