Master of Science - Wildlife/Fisheries Biology

Equip yourself for a future in biological research or scientific leadership

Frostburg State University’s master’s program in wildlife and fisheries biology prepares students for a career in scientific research or management within the public or private sectors. The 36-credit hour graduate program includes the courses necessary to obtain certification with professional organizations such as The Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society.

  • Begin a program that is a joint educational endeavor between FSU and the Center for Environmental Science’s nearby Appalachian Laboratory.
  • Complete a program that offers Delaware students in-state resident tuition rates through the Academic Common Market agreement.

Master of Science – Wildlife/Fisheries Biology Highlights:

  • Complete extensive research that culminates in writing your master’s thesis and presenting your work at a public seminar.
  • Focus your studies on one or more of the following areas: aquaculture, aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, conservation biology, management techniques, population biology, evolutionary ecology, aquatic toxicology, habitat analysis or systematics and systems modeling.
  • Take part in wildlife fieldwork and research where you will use information from your research methods and statistics courses.
  • Use the exceptional scientific facilities available to graduate students on the FSU campus, including the mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology and forest ecology labs, microscopy complex, stream ecology lab, environmental lab, vertebrate museum collections and other such resources.

About Our Master of Science – Wildlife/Fisheries Biology Faculty:

  • Learn from faculty members who hold the highest degrees in their respective fields.
  • Study in small classes that allow maximum interaction among class members and faculty.
  • Be a part of faculty-led international study trips, if desired. 

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Science - Wildlife/Fisheries Biology program requirements (PDF).

Career Outlook for Wildlife Biologists:

State and federal government agencies employ a high percentage of biologists in the wildlife and fisheries field though there are opportunities in the private sector as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in this career field through 2022 is expected to be just 5 percent, which is lower than the average across all occupations. Many in this field go on to complete doctoral studies or gain positions as managers in research settings. For more information, visit State and federal government agencies employ a high percentage of biologists in the wildlife and fisheries field though there are opportunities in the private sector as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in this career field through 2022 is expected to be just 5 percent, which is lower than the average across all occupations. Many in this field go on to complete doctoral studies or gain positions as managers in research settings. For more information, visit (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists).


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