Graduate Program

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree and thesis and non-thesis options for Master of Science degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife. Formal interdepartmental specializations and dual degrees are available through the department’s participation in environmental toxicology; resource economics; and ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior programs. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a strong biometry group.

The department’s graduate program is a national leader in the training of fishery and wildlife professionals for careers in research, management, teaching, extension and consulting. Graduates of our master’s program are hired by a variety of local, state and federal governmental agencies; private corporations; museums; zoos and nature centers; tribal organizations; and environmental consulting firms. Ph.D. graduates are employed on the faculty of leading universities and compete successfully for positions outside of academia. More than 60 graduate students are currently enrolled, and the majority of these students receive financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships.

Graduate student research projects encompass diverse areas of limnology, fisheries and wildlife, including human dimensions aspects. These projects take advantage of modern computing facilities, a world-class library, university research stations, and the tremendous natural resources of Michigan. Graduate students are also involved in projects of national and international scope and present research results to a wide range of regional, national and international audiences.


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