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The Professional Science Master’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (PSMFWA) provides advanced training for recent graduates of undergraduate programs looking to enter the workforce and early-career professionals employed by natural resources agencies, non-government organizations, and other entities with a need for expertise in fisheries and wildlife science. The PSMFWA also provides an opportunity for employers to meet their workforce planning goals and contribute to the self-improvement of current employees.

Why Should I Get a PSM?

Fisheries and wildlife resource conservation is a challenging profession involving biological, ecological, management, policy, and social systems. Although many professionals obtain entry-level positions with B.S. degrees, mid- and upper-level positions typically require additional training in biology, quantitative methods, and business and communication skills. The PSM in Fisheries & Wildlife Administration prepares you to become a thoughtful, innovative leader in the science and management of fisheries and wildlife.

The PSMFWA degree is an integrated curriculum designed to provide advanced, professional training in four areas:

  1. Core knowledge in fish or wildlife biology, ecology and management;
  2. Professional skills and abilities;
  3. Human dimensions of natural resources management;
  4. Natural resources policy. 

In addition, you will participate in an intensive internship experience engaging students in real world work situations involving technical problems, teamwork, communication skills, and decision-making. 

Read more about the specific learner outcomes of the Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration.


The 45-credit PSMFWA curriculum is organized into four main sections:

  • Biophysical sciences core (20 credits)
  • Social sciences core (12 credits)
  • Business communication and management skills core (6 credits)
  • Internship (6 credits)

PSMFWA Curriculum

PSMFWA Requirements

Professional Internship Requirements

Current students should use the FW Course Offerings document to help plan their future term schedules. Courses offered during OSU's summer Natural Resources Leadership Academy are also accepted toward PSMFWA degree requirements. Other OSU courses related to your program of study may be accepted with approval of the Program Director - please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator to request a course substitution.

Learning Outcomes: 


  • Demonstrate proficiency (course grade of C or better) in graduate-level coursework in fisheries or wildlife ecology and human dimensions of resource management. 
  • Integrate biological and social science in a capstone research paper or outreach product designed for a specific audience: science, management agency, or the general public. 
  • Synthesize scientific information from a variety of sources and demonstrate research skills through a project proposal, outline, and revision process, as well as correct citation and documentation of sources in the capstone project. 
  • Improve their breadth of fisheries or wildlife knowledge and understanding of critical management issues, preparing them for advancement in the field.

Read more about our learning outcomes.

Career Paths: 

Students looking for a job can peruse our Job Board list, check our FW Job Board and sign up for our OSU FW job listserv that is distributed as a weekly digest to subscribers.

Learn more: 

Visit our department website for more information.

Fisheries and Wildlife Administration
Professional Science Master (PSM)
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus
Ecampus (Online)
Contact Us: 

For more details about the PSMFWA program and instructions on how to apply, please visit our Ecampus page.

If you have other questions about the Professional Science Masters in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.