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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation department

Graduate Degrees Offered

The Master of Science (MS) thesis program in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation: (a) prepares graduate students for entry-level professional positions in areas of wildlife biology and ecology, natural resource management, conservation, and (b) provides a solid scientific foundation for further graduate work leading to the PhD degree.

The Master of Science, non-thesis (MS) program in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation provides advanced training for students in technical and professional aspects of wildlife management, conservation, and public education, emphasizing written and oral communication of scientific information.

  • Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a concentration in Wildlife Forensics Science and Conservation - offered by WEC in conjunction with UF's Maples Center for Forensic Science as a nonthesis, online option. Students are prepared for real-world situations in wildlife forensics such as poaching and illegal trade and courses are taught by faculty members who have years of experience in the field working with law enforcement and wildlife organizations. See for a full program description and application instructions.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation serves graduate students conducting advanced, original studies of fundamental ecological and social sciences (e.g., ecosystem, community, landscape ecology, human dimensions), usually with applications to further society's understanding of wildlife ecology and to improve conservation of wildlife resources.