Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Graduate Program

Students in creek, student holding owl, Hutto salamander

Many populations of fish and wildlife have rebounded from historic lows due to decades of careful, science-based management. Nevertheless, biodiversity is still in decline for a variety of wildlife species; large mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and aquatic species are particularly threatened. Our graduate program provides students the scientific understanding and technical skills to contribute to management and conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

The Wildlife and Fisheries Biology graduate degrees are housed within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. Enrollment in these programs is open to students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in wildlife, ecology, biology, or a related field.

The Program offers these degree options:  Master's of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (thesis-based), Master’s of Wildlife and Fisheries Resources (non-thesis, online or on campus), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. A formal dissertation is required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. More information on the graduate program can be found in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation’s Graduate Student Handbook.

The Wildlife and Fisheries Biology faculty have expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, including wildlife ecology, conservation biology, fish ecology and management, population analysis, and landscape ecology. Our faculty are dedicated to providing a quality education for students and to pioneering wildlife and fisheries research both locally and around the world.


Most students in our thesis-based degree programs are supported through Research Assistantships. These assistantships are made available to students at the discretion of individual faculty members. Therefore, we recommend you contact faculty whose research interests you, and inquire about the availability of such assistantships prior to submitting a formal application. Students interested in the non-thesis program do not need to identify an advisor.

Application and admissions information, as well as other graduate-related policies can be found on the Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures page. 

Applicants may apply to the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Graduate Program through the Graduate School. The following items are required as part of the application: (1) Online application, (2) Official GRE scores, (3) Official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores for international students, (4) Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon admission), and (5) letters of recommendation.