Graduate Students

We educate our students to think critically and evaluate problems from a strong background in basic and applied science, fundamental ecological principles, and consideration of social influences on conservation. We strive to help our students succeed through a rich program of field and laboratory coursework and personal advising.

Considering graduate school? Explore this decision making chart of Fisheries and Wildlife graduate certificate and degree programs and the application stages for each. Interested in how our students fare professionally after graduating? Explore our latest Survey of Graduates Report for the value of a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences at Oregon State University. 

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers four graduate programs. Please explore these major pathways to learn more about our programs, people and projects. 

Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management or Wildlife ManagementThe 18-credit Graduate Certificate provides a “stepping stone” to graduate degree programs or higher-level staff positions. This program involves self-directed (no major professor) coursework online or on-campus and a three credit Capstone project that pairs you with a local mentor at an agency or other institution.

Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife AdministrationFor professionals with a minimum of 5 years of experience who aspire to leadership positions in natural resource agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private firms. This program requires identification of a major professor prior to acceptance and emphasizes job-related experience through a professional internship. Most students pursue this degree online, but on-campus courses are also available.

Master's of Science in Fisheries Science or Wildlife ScienceRequires identification of a major professor and support funding prior to acceptance. This program emphasizes original research, professional presentations and peer-reviewed publication of your work.

Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries Science or Wildlife ScienceRequires identification of a major professor and support funding prior to acceptance. This program emphasizes original research, professional presentations and peer-reviewed publication of your work. PhD applicants should have a MS degree in a relevant field, or equivalent academic experience.