Graduate studies in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture may entail a diversity of research projects and topics in wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture science; ecosystem management and restoration; human-dimensions; policy; and economic studies. At least 45 graduate level courses are offered within the department. Also, student organizations, such as the MSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the WFA Graduate Student Association, provide networking and service opportunities for enrolled graduate students.
Graduate student enrollment in the department typically exceeds 30 MS and 20 PhD students. Graduate students are funded primarily through assistantships recruited through extramurally funded projects sponsored by federal and state agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, institutions, foundations, and international interests. Limited teaching assistantships may be available annually. Acceptance to the graduate program in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture is often linked to a funded project and acquisition of stipends associated with these projects is competitive. For more specific information on research opportunities, perspective graduate students should contact professors in the department who are conducting research compatible with their interests.
Master of Science Distance Learning
The Master of Science in Conservation Education provides students with conservation-focused educational, scientific, and leadership skills founded in coursework designed to meet industry standards. Successful graduates of this program are prepared to become leaders in the field of conservation education. You may qualify for individual certification; it's granted on the state or provincial level. Designed for both full and part-time students, our classes are 100% online with asynchronous weekly tasks that can easily fit into your schedule. The non-thesis, M.S. in Conservation Education degree requires a minimum of 30-credit hours and a final comprehensive exam.
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The Graduate Program (M.S., Ph.D.) of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture has been accredited by the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society since 1994. The most recent accreditation was received in 2010.
Fernando Rafael Vizcarra Memorial Travel Award
The Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture graduate student association annually sponsors a photography contest. The contest has been renamed in memory of graduate student Fernando Rafael Vizcarra. Download the flyer.