Many of the graduate students who work with Center-affiliated faculty are enrolled in the Natural Resources MS and PhD degree programs housed in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment. Faculty affiliates in other academic departments will most often enroll students in their home department's graduate degree programs, and application procedures vary somewhat among programs. Most important is to communicate with particular faculty members.
Center-affiliated faculty write and propose research projects to various funding agencies that, if funded, can serve as the basis for a graduate student's thesis or dissertation research.
Graduate students then become both students and employees of the University, simultaneously taking classes and working to develop their thesis or dissertation. They receive a tuition waiver and are paid stipends (called research assistantships) for the work they do on the project. Our program has few teaching assistantships. Often, they are used in combination with research assistantships to support students financially.
There are no strict minimum requirements for acceptance, but recent successful applicants had a cumulative GPA above 3.0 (out of 4.0) and had combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 1100 or greater (on the old scale) or over 320 (new test). International students must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. In addition, applicants who have substantial field experience in fisheries or wildlife are preferred.
Before officially applying to the University, students should communicate directly with center faculty to learn if an assistantship is available and to determine if a faculty member is willing to serve as the major advisor.
Submit the official application online with the Graduate School. Note that the three required reference letters of reference are crucial. Please select people who have worked with you and can attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
After an official application is complete, a departmental committee will evaluate your qualifications, speak to your intended major advisor, and make a decision to hopefully accept you into the graduate program. While the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment does not stick to strict application deadlines for admissions, it does admit students in August and January. Because it usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to complete the process, applicants should contact potential major advisors early.