Ph.D. On Campus

Wildlife Ecology

The University of Maine

36 months
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Candidates for the Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Ecology at The University of Maine must possess a detailed knowledge of their area of research, a breadth of knowledge of basic biology and ecology, and a comprehensive knowledge of the fields of wildlife biology and management. 


We offer a Wildlife Ecology degree at The University of Maine. Furthermore, each candidate must have completed a program of study in a discipline ancillary to wildlife.  

Key Features 

  • Evaluation of the Ph.D. candidate with respect to the above objectives will include (1) a comprehensive examination testing the candidate’s breadth of general knowledge as well as his/her comprehensive knowledge in the fields of wildlife biology and management, and (2) a final oral defense of the research and research specialty.  
  • The ancillary studies requirement may be met through the Course work, or via other opportunities for personal development agreed upon by the student’s graduate committee.

Programme Structure

  • The credit hour requirement for doctoral students in Wildlife Ecology shall include a minimum of 50 credit hours, which may include a maximum of 30 credit hours from the Master’s program.  
  • A minimum of 35 credit hours will be in course work, of which 20 hours must be in graduate level (500/600) courses.  Thesis credits do not count toward course credit requirements.  
  • At least six credits of thesis are required.  PhD students are expected to be engaged in full-time work on their PhD program for a minimum of two full years; most programs last three to five years.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 basis).
  • An undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology or biology or a closely-related discipline is generally required.
  • And applicants are encouraged to take the GRE exams.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Orono

1216 - 1888 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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