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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Wildlife Ecology University of Wisconsin - Madison




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The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology offers graduate education and training in a number of areas leading to doctor of philosophy degree in wildlife ecology. The department takes pride in its program's outstanding research reputation and the success of graduates working throughout the world. The wildlife ecology program was founded by Aldo Leopold in 1939, and the program has maintained his vision and legacy of excellence in our current research and graduate training activities.

Doctoral work in wildlife ecology typically focus on areas of wildlife ecology that reflect the expertise of the faculty, including but not limited to: behavioral ecology, physiological ecology, population dynamics, wildlife disease, community ecology, landscape ecology, wildlife management, wildlife-habitat linkages, molecular ecology, human dimensions, species distribution modeling, climate change, endangered species recovery, conservation biology, toxicology, and wildlife damage management.

The department is home to the U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit. In this program, researches in support of state and federal wildlife conservation programs are given priority. In recent years, annual research support for the department's programs has averaged between three to four million dollars drawn from an array of federal, state, and conservation organizations and private donors. Competition for admission is very strong and not every admissible student can or will be offered financial support. Graduate assistantships and/or fellowships may be available for a limited number of well-qualified students. Before submitting an application for admission, interested students should contact individual faculty to determine whether an assistantship or other financial aid might be available. Once admitted, students work closely with major professors and an advisory committee to develop a research program.

Learning outcomes

  • Articulates research problems, potentials, and limits with respect to theory, knowledge, or practice within the field of wildlife ecology and natural resource management.
  • Formulates ideas, concepts, designs, and/or techniques beyond the current boundaries of knowledge within the field of wildlife ecology and natural resource management
  • Demonstrates breadth within their learning experiences
  • Advances contributions of the field of wildlife ecology and natural resource management to society
  • Communicates complex ideas in a clear and understandable manner
  • Creates research and scholarship that makes a substantive contribution.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Wildlife Ecology.

Full Time (Minimum of 51 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$25,506.00 (18,69,574) per year


21 Jan, 15 Jun, 02 Sep


College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

1450 Linden Drive,



53706, United States

Entry requirement for international students

International applicants must have a degree comparable to a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor’s degree.

English Language Requirement

Minimum TOEFL requirement: 92 internet (iBT); 580 paper-based test (PBT)

Minimum IELTS requirement: 7.0

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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