Admission Requirements: Fisheries and Wildlife Administration – Online

Applicants are accepted to the OSU Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration program in spring and fall term each year.

The application deadline for spring term is Dec. 31 and for fall term is June 1. 

Up to ten positions are open during each enrollment period.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience, and have a background in math, science or engineering.
  • A four-year baccalaureate degree with a 3.0 GPA (B average) - view complete graduate admissions requirements for Oregon State.
  • GRE: The standard for admission is upper 50th percentile on each section.
  • Applications are evaluated for overall merit, including test scores, GPA and professional experience. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application process

Step 1: Fill out the OSU application online. Make sure to select "Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (PSM)" as your planned course of study/major.  During the online application process, you will also submit your application fee using a credit card. 

Step 2: Submit departmental requirements through the online application's document -upload feature, or mail the documents to the following address:

Fisheries and Wildlife Administration Program
Oregon State University
104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

Departmental requirements are:

    • Two letters of reference from former employers, professors or colleagues who are familiar with your skills in writing, communications, teamwork and time management.
    • A statement of objectives. This is a one-page document that includes your reasons for pursuing this degree program, your long-range career plans, ideas for potential internships and specific areas of interest or academic concentration to help us identify potential advisors for you. The statement of objectives can be filled out through the online application or submitted with the rest of the departmental requirements.
    • A program plan that indicates the number of courses you think you will take each academic term, the approximate timing of your internship, and potential advisors.
    • A CV or resume.

Highly recommended (but not required):

    • A letter of support from your current employer that acknowledges your plans to pursue this degree program and details any support you may receive (monetary, time or other; e.g., additional time off to take classes, internship support or tuition). Obtaining a letter of support from your employer will improve the scoring of your application. If you are unable to obtain employer support, you should clearly address the omission in your statement of interest to provide the Admissions Committee insight into the resources and level of commitment you bring to the program.

Step 3: Send one official transcript from each school you have attended to the OSU Graduate School:

Graduate Admissions
Oregon State University
300 Kerr Administration Building
Corvallis, OR 97331

Please note: Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher 

Step 4: GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores are required to apply. You will need a minimum combined score of 1,100 in verbal and quantitative, and a minimum score of a 4.5 in analytical writing. Institution code for OSU is 4586. If you have taken the GRE prior to applying but are waiting on scores, you may submit your application pending receipt of your GRE results.

Step 5 (International students only): Submit your TOEFL score. Scores must be less than 2 years old at time you begin the program. You will need a minimum score of 550 (or 213 on the computer-based test). The TOEFL is not required for international students holding a bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited United States university or college. And, fulfill any other requirements of the university if you are a non US citizen / international applicant. For more details, visit the International Admissions website.

Step 6: Locate an advisor. The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Admissions Review Committee evaluates applications based on academic and professional merit. Candidates whose qualifications meet the requirements of the review committee will pass the preliminary acceptance phase. Final acceptance is contingent upon the student being accepted by a program advisor. For more information, please reference our guide for connecting with an advisor.

Application Checklist (PDF)

The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Admissions Review Committee evaluates applications. Candidates whose qualifications meet the requirements of the review committee will pass the preliminary acceptance phase.  Final acceptance is contingent upon the student being accepted by a program advisor.

For more information about the application process for this program, please contact the program coordinator.

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