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 Management

The 18-credit Graduate Certificate credential 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. Certificates can serve as a bridge into our online PSM degree, can provide course work credits towards certification by professional societies (e.g., The Wildlife Society or American Fisheries Society) or help fulfill educational requirements for federal or state agency jobs.

Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration

For recent graduates seeking entry into the workforce or young professionals 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 or capstone project. Most students pursue this degree online (but on campus is also available) and prepare for the PSM by first enrolling in one of the graduate certificates.

Master's of Science in Fisheries Science or Wildlife Science

Requires identification of a major professor and support funding prior to acceptance. This thesis based program emphasizes original research, professional presentations and peer-reviewed publication of your work.

Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries Science or Wildlife Science

Requires identification of a major professor and support funding prior to acceptance. This thesis based program emphasizes original research, professional presentations and peer-reviewed publication of your work. PhD applicants should have an MS degree in a relevant field or equivalent academic experience.