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.
- 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.
- Prospective students must have the support of a faculty advisor secured before applying
- Applications are evaluated for overall merit, including test scores, GPA and professional experience. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
When to apply
The PSMFWA program admits students on a rolling basis each quarter.
You should have the support of a faculty advisor and your application with all supporting materials submitted at least 30 days prior to the start of the term for which you intend to start.
How to apply
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.
Apply to the OSU Graduate School
- Apply as a degree-seeking student through the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. Make sure to select "Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (PSM)" as your planned course of study/major.
- The nonrefundable application fee is $75.
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Submit department-required documents
- Two professional references Provide the names and email addresses of former employers, professors or colleagues who are familiar with your skills in writing, communications, teamwork and time management. These individuals will be contacted directly by the OSU Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters.
- 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.
- A CV or resume.
- Highly recommended (but not required):
- A letter of support from your current employer (highly recommended, but not required) 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.
- 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.
- International applicants must also submit documents and language test scores that are outlined on the graduate admissions international applicants webpage.
NOTE: Although the Graduate School application is submitted online electronically – and all of the documentation (scores, transcripts, etc.) can be uploaded as attachments – some students may choose to mail their documentation. Accompanying materials can be mailed to the Graduate School (300 Kerr, Corvallis, OR, 97331).
You DO NOT have to mail AND submit your documents electronically.
Consider starting with a graduate certificate
These 18-credit programs include courses in two subject areas: fisheries or wildlife ecology and human dimensions of resource management, along with a 3-credit capstone project. Fifteen credits of certificate coursework (excluding the capstone course) can applied toward the PSMFWA degree as long as the courses are a part of both curricula.
Starting with the graduate certificate program allows you to determine that online learning is a good fit, and allows you time to take the GRE and to find a faculty advisor for the PSMFWA program.
Please be aware that completing the certificate does not guarantee admission to the PSMFWA program.
Susie Dunham, Ph.D.
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University
Phone: 541- 737-2642