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Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1037 (BCR) Brookings, SD, United States
SDSU has an extensive graduate program in wildlife and fisheries sciences. The Department of Natural Resource Management offers graduate programs in both Biological Science and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Both degree programs award M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.


  • The Ph.D. degree program in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is intended to educate students for upper-level management, research and administrative positions with state and federal agencies, and private companies. 
  • Academic career opportunities also exist for Ph.D. graduates in all the Departmental disciplines, preparing students for the responsibilities of teaching, research, and service, required for faculty positions with universities and colleges. By building on the educational foundation that students obtain from B.S. and M.S. degree work, we endeavor to raise them to a higher intellectual plateau. 
  • While coursework is involved, this educational experience is primarily based on research and mentoring. This degree requires original thought and research contributions, synthesis and development of information, and contributions to the world and its natural resources.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Be knowledgeable regarding biological systems at a level appropriate to a Ph.D. degree holder.
  • Be able to effectively express themselves orally and in written form.
  • Understand the scientific method of solving problems.
  • Be computer and statistically capable.
  • Be specialized in some area of wildlife or fisheries, but still be broadly based in knowledge.
  • Be able to conduct scholarly research.
  • Understand the relationships between biological information and socioeconomic factors.
  • Demonstrate professional development, especially in regard to the need for continued learning after their degree program.
  • Develop a concern and feeling for the natural resources of the world.
  • Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Credits
      60 alternative credits

      you can also choose the 90 credit plan

    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Certification: Certification is available through the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.

    Course Delivery Format: The Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences graduate program is primarily an on-campus program. However, field research may require extended time periods away from campus.

    Core Courses

    •  Research Regulations Compliance 
    •  Natural Resource Management Biometry 
    • Quantitative Fisheries Science

    English Language Requirements

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    General Requirements

    • Admission to all degree programs requires that a faculty member from the department agrees to serve as the major advisor.
    • The application must include the application fee, all post-secondary transcripts, degree certificates, and other materials as required by specific programs before processing of the application will begin.
    • Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, 60-credit plan, must have a Master’s degree. This degree must be awarded from an approved, accredited institution. In those cases where applicants do not have a Master’s degree, departmental requirements will apply, requiring completion of a Master’s degree or permitting an individual to move directly into a doctoral program, 90-credit plan. 

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      626 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 626 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
    • National

      326 USD/credit
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 326 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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    Living costs for Brookings

    • 1085 - 1890 USD/month
      Living Costs

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