Current WFSC and ESSM Students
In January 2020, our department was established after a restructuring of the former Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Ecosystem and Science Management Departments. The support of our current students still going through the program under the legacy departments is of utmost importance to us. To help with this transition, RWFM degree programs are not currently active. Incoming undergraduate and graduate students will still come in under Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences or Ecosystem and Science Management degree programs.
Legacy Degree Options
The department offers a traditional Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, in addition to two non-thesis programs, the Master of Wildlife Science (MWSC) and Master of Natural Resource Development (MNRD).
The Master of Science (MS) curriculum is designed to develop new understanding of the field of wildlife and fisheries sciences through research and demonstrated creativity.
The Master of Wildlife Science (MWSC) degree is designed for a student who wants professional graduate training with a management or policy orientation in wildlife or natural resources. It is intended to emphasize the problem solving skills involved in the use of science and technology to benefit humanity, not as a research degree.
The Master of Natural Resources Development (MNRD) degree is designed for a student who wants professional graduate training with a management orientation in natural resources. It is intended to emphasize the problem solving skills involved in the use of science and technology to benefit humanity, not as a research degree.
Work leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is designed to give candidates a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of their professional fields and training in methods of research. The final basis for granting the degree shall be the candidate’s grasp of the subject matter of a broad field of study and a demonstrated ability to do independent research in wildlife and fisheries sciences.