Wildlife Biology and Conservation M.S.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

  • Application for admission and application fee

  • Transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with the application. Official transcripts must follow prior to matriculation

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Statement of Purpose that addresses the following:

    • Career aspirations

    • Research interests

    • Research experience and relevant training

    • Interest, experience, and/or plans to serve society through your career, including experiences or commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion 

    • Relevance of UAF Biology and Wildlife in achieving your future goals, including the names of faculty members you have contacted regarding graduate training

Excellent statements of purpose are specific, informative, focused and concise. See the Biology and Wildlife website for more detailed instructions about the statement of purpose.  

  • Three letters of reference from individuals who can address your potential to succeed in graduate school. Ideally, letters of reference should come from university faculty, research staff, or professionals familiar with your academic and research achievements and also with the expectations of graduate school. References will be asked to address writing ability, critical thinking skills, quantitative skills, and potential to succeed in a graduate program. References that address notable service (e.g., Peace Corps or AmeriCorps) may also be informative.

  • Optional: scores from the GRE General Test will be considered if submitted

  • International students: please consult UAF’s most recent application requirements

Note - Students are typically not admitted to the program unless a faculty advisor has agreed to serve as the mentor. Applicants should contact potential advisors before applying.

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Minimum Requirements for Wildlife Biology and Conservation M.S.: 30 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Master of Science with Thesis Degree Requirements
Complete the master’s degree requirements.
As part of the master's degree requirements, complete the following:
BIOL F699Thesis6-12
Wildlife Biology and Conservation Program Requirements
Complete two courses in BIOL or WLF at the graduate level including one of the following:6-7
Research Design
Scientific Writing, Editing and Revising in the Biological Sciences
Data Analysis in Biology
Complete and pass the departmental written and oral master’s comprehensive examination.