Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management – Online

As the management and conservation of fisheries and fish habitats becomes increasingly complex, the OSU Ecampus online Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management program provides students with skills and knowledge in biology, assessment science, and social science that are needed to understand and meet the demands of sustainable fisheries on both national and international fronts. 

The program prepares students to be the link between scientists, decision-makers and stakeholders when handling the multifaceted issues that come with managing recreational and commercial fisheries and fish habitat. Through quality courses, students acquire and practice skills in biology, economy, law and social science as they deal with issues across a wide range of perspectives and disciplines.

Informational video

Watch an overview webinar featuring OSU fisheries management faculty, Dr. Selina Heppell and Lisa Pierson. The video includes information about Oregon State University, Ecampus, the graduate program as well as a question and answer session with prospective students.

Learn from a nationally recognized program

Oregon State University's fisheries program is ranked No. 2 in the nation, and this online graduate certificate is among the first to be offered online. Courses are taught by faculty within the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and delivered online by OSU Ecampus.

Additionally, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is part of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, which is recognized as a world-class leader in the industry, ranking eighth in a new international survey of more than 3,000 universities.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State University

  • All classes are developed by OSU's renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation. 
  • OSU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Online students receive the same transcripts as on-campus students.
  • Oregon State University is a member of the Natural Resources Distance Learning Consortium (NRDLC), which includes 10 universities who work together to provide more than 300 online courses to agency professionals.
  • Students can study from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

Apply your graduate certificate toward a master’s degree

In addition to the specialized knowledge you gain through the fisheries management graduate certificate program, the 18 credits you earn will satisfy your area of emphasis requirement for Oregon State’s 45-credit Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program.

Admission to a graduate certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MNR program. However, if you successfully complete the fisheries management graduate certificate with a GPA above 3.0, you can apply for a “Change of Degree” and be admitted to the MNR program.

In addition, completing the graduate certificate allows you to:

  • Connect with faculty who can potentially serve as your MNR advisor
  • Bypass the GRE requirement for MNR admission
  • Meet the natural resources-related work or volunteer experience preference

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