Combined Degree (BS/MS) in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (WEC) has developed a program for undergraduate students that allows those who qualify academically to obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in WEC. A minimum qualification for the program includes a ≥3.2 GPA for admission to the WEC Graduate Program and UF Graduate School.
The combined degree program allows you to get a head start on your graduate education by taking graduate courses throughout the junior and senior undergraduate years. 12 credit hours of this graduate coursework will also count toward the undergraduate degree, thus reducing the time it takes to get both degrees.
There are a number of financial considerations you should keep in mind. You are responsible for paying the difference between undergraduate and graduate tuitions. Florida Prepaid College Tuition Program participants will receive funding for the first 120 credit hours. The program will fund graduate courses taken toward the undergraduate degree at the undergraduate level. Financial aid may be available to assist with the graduate degree portion of the program.
Additional information can be found at https://catalog.ufl.edu/UGRD/academic-advising/combined-degrees/ for UF and http://cals.ufl.edu/faculty-staff/docs/policies/policymanual10-19-12.pdf for College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).
How to Apply
- Meet with an academic advisor prior to the first semester of undergraduate junior year to develop a plan. This will require finding a WEC Faculty member to serve as your Graduate Mentor/Advisor.
- Apply to WEC using the WEC Combined Degree Program Form by
- 1 November for a Spring Semester start of the Combined Degree Program
- 1 April for a Summer or Fall Semester start of the Combined Degree Program
- You also need to read and sign the financial information form for WEC (with your research advisor).
- If WEC approves you, submit the UF Combined Degree Program Request Form to CALS and the UF Graduate School Application by
- 1 December for a Spring Semester start of the Combined Degree Program
- 1 May for a Summer or Fall Semester start of the Combined Degree Program
Two Tracks in the Combined Degree Program
- Research Track
- This track requires completion an MS with thesis according to this Handbook.
- Non-Thesis Track
- This track requires completion of a non-thesis MS according to this Handbook.
Resources (Adobe PDF)
- Undergraduate Program Overview
- Undergraduate Course Listing
- The Majors
- The Minor
- Combined Degree Program
- Degree Program Changes
- Honors Programs
- FAQ's about UF Minors
- Advising/Faculty Office Hours
- Study Abroad Courses
- Explore WEC Careers
- Internship Opportunities
- Student Organizations
- Career Readiness
- Academic Learning Compact
- Computer Policy & Guidelines
- Meet WEC Alumni