How to Apply
Graduate Certificate and Professional Science Masters Applicants:
Ecampus or Corvallis based Graduate Certificate and Professional Science Masters (PSM) applicants may apply through the appropriate Ecampus website: Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management application, Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Management application, PSM in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration application. Students who are currently enrolled in another OSU graduate degree program should complete the Change of Degree/Major/Certificate form and not a program application.
Thesis Based MS and PhD Applicants:
Our department uses a 'rolling' admission basis, and we admit students each term. OSU operates on a quarter system, so there are four terms each academic year (summer, fall, winter and spring).
Our department's determining factor for admission is not the date of application but your acceptance by a faculty advisor. You should complete your online application and submit your application documents only after you have been accepted by a faculty advisor. As long as you meet the Graduate School's minimum standards for admission and your application passes review by our department's Admissions Committee, you will be admitted if you have a commitment from a faculty advisor and demonstrated funding for your degree program.
If all documents required for admission are received at least 3 weeks prior to the term you plan to start, we will process your application in time for registration. (Note: international applications will require additional processing time if a student visa is required.)
Finding a Faculty Advisor
You can learn more about our faculty's research interests by exploring our research themes and graduate faculty list. Once you have developed a list of prospective advisors, sending a current CV/resume, transcripts or degrees earned, GRE scores, list of your publications (if any) and a statement of interest allows the faculty member to consider your potential fit within his or her research program. Your statement of interest should demonstrate that you have taken the time to review the faculty member's work and communicate how your skills and background can contribute to that work.
Communicate directly with faculty to determine the availability of research opportunities and assistantships before submitting a full application packet. Once you've secured a major advisor, you can begin the application process. Visit the Office of Admissions for minimum graduate admission requirements.
How Decisions are Made
After receiving notice of a faculty member's commitment to accept a student, the department's Graduate Program Coordinator will review the student's application materials for completeness. Once all required documents are received (e.g. all transcripts, application forms, statement of objectives, reference letters, GRE scores, and TOEFL score, if applicable), the application file will be forwarded to the department's Graduate Committee for review. The Graduate Committee will evaluate the application in relation to the department's admission standards (i.e. a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on the most recent baccalaureate degree or any subsequent graduate degree, minimum 50th percentile accomplished on each section of the GRE, and TOEFL score, if required). The Committee will also consider the strength of the applicant's academic record, relevant coursework, letters of reference, research experience and relevant publications.
If the Graduate Committee recommends acceptance, the department transmits its recommendations to the Graduate School. Students who do not meet all of the minimum criteria may be recommended for conditional or provisional acceptance. (Conditional acceptance requires that the student maintain a grade of B in each course while enrolled; provisional requirements are tailored to address particular areas of weakness, such as specific coursework needed.) The Graduate School will examine the application to determine whether it meets the university's minimum standards for admission and send the applicant official notification of acceptance or rejection.
To receive final acceptance, applicants from foreign countries must provide evidence that they have adequate funds for the proposed program of study (Certification of Finances). If a graduate faculty member indicates that he or she intends to provide the applicant with a Graduate Assistantship, the value of the annual assistantship stipend and accompanying tuition waiver can be included in the applicant's evidence of adequate funds. Financial documentation is not required at the time of application, but it must be received before the I-20 can be issued (for F-1 visas). You may scan and upload financial documentation with your application materials OR you may wait until after your application has been accepted by the department/program. If your application is accepted, the Graduate School will contact you via email to request the financial materials.
A complete application packet includes the following:
- OSU online application
- A 1-2 page statement that outlines your research and professional interests, as well as your interest in the Fisheries Science or Wildlife Science program. Include information on specific major advisors that you would like to work with, or with whom you have corresponded.
- Official transcripts of all previous academic coursework.
- GRE scores. (OSU code 4586)
- Three letters of reference.
- International students: TOEFL scores.
Submit the application materials through the online application portal administered by the OSU Graduate School. Online submission facilitates sharing your application among potential advisors and checking to ensure that all your application materials (such as letters of recommendation) have arrived. Follow the submission guidelines and instructions outlined on the graduate school website. There is a $60 application fee.
Letters of Reference
We prefer that your letters of reference be submitted online through the Graduate School's online request system. Within two days of submitting your application, you will receive a link to the online reference management tool, where you can enter the names and email addresses of your references. They will receive instructions on how to submit letters and will receive reminders, if necessary. More information about online submission of letters of reference is available from the Graduate School. If you or your references prefer to submit letters via mail, please use our department's recommendation request form.
Applicants are invited to submit optional supplemental information that may assist in evaluating their application. These could include a curriculum vitae/resume or reprints of publications. You can submit these documents as part of your online application through the Graduate School
We accept applications at any time of the year, and accepted students can enroll during any academic term. However, we highly recommend that you start the application process early. The following are suggested guidelines of when to apply:
For Fall - May 1 (April 1 for international applicants)
For Winter - September 1
For Spring - December 1
For Summer - March 1
GRE and TOEFL Scores
The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife requires that graduate applicants submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. GRE subject tests are not required, but will be used in evaluation of the applicant if submitted. The guideline for admission to our graduate program is upper 50th percentile on each section of the GRE, although conditional admission may be granted for scores outside this range.
The university requires that foreign applicants whose native language is not English demonstrate proficiency in English. TOEFL requirements are available on the Office of Admissions international requirements page.
The ETS Institution Code for Oregon State University is 4586. The Major Code for Fisheries Science is 1300 and for Wildlife Science is 1750.
Fisheries and Wildlife
- Research & Extension