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Overview

The Master of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology degree at Colorado State University is geared towards natural resource professionals with at least 2 years of experience and is an intensive, coursework-only master's degree that is primarily taught through online courses. 

Courses focus on the skills and tools needed to analyze, communicate, and make decisions about conservation issues. Students will broaden their critical thinking on current issues and receive the training to be successful and advance in careers at natural resources agencies, firms, and non-government organizations.

Areas of Study

  • Animal behavior
  • Applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to fish and wildlife issues
  • Applications and development of computer software
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Early life history of fishes
  • Ecology and management of fishes, birds, and mammals
  • Ecotoxicology

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design of Fish and Wildlife Studies
  • Applied Sampling for Wildlife/Fish Studies
  • Adaptive Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Conservation Biology
  • Fish and Wildlife Population Dynamics
  • Science of Managing Human-Wildlife Conflicts
  • Management of Wildlife Habitat

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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    6.5

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    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    58

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • One official transcript of all collegiate work completed post-high school.  Additionally separate transcripts are not required for study abroad credits if the GPA and credits are recorded on the transcript of the university that sponsored the study abroad experience. CSU transcripts are not required. Training course transcripts from branches of the U.S. military that show credit received with neither grades nor degrees awarded are exempt from the transcript requirement.
  • Test scores such as GRE or GMAT
  • Regardless of citizenship, applicants may be required to demonstrate proof of English language proficiency, if they do not have a degree from an institution where the primary language of instruction is English.

Tuition Fee

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    28424 USD/year
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  • National

    13156 USD/year
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Living costs for Fort Collins

  • 1210 - 1800 USD/month
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