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What will I learn?

The Department Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology was the first in natural resources to emphasize the importance of incorporating public input and to implement two way communications into planning and decision-making regarding wildlife policy.

The graduate program is one of the top programs in the nation. The Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology graduate program is highly competitive and our faculty members are well respected both in the nation and international arenas. In addition, FWCB graduate students are some of the most elite students both nationally and internationally.

Graduates of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology hold academic positions in state and federal natural resource agencies, in foreign countries, and in private organizations and industry.

Our faculty have diverse professional interests and often work in interdisciplinary teams to understand and solve today’s complex environmental and natural resource management problems.

Plan A programs emphasize research. In partial fulfillment of degree requirements, students are required to conduct research approved by their graduate committee and to present the results in a thesis.

Plan B programs emphasize course work and professional preparation. The student must submit a professional paper based on literature reviews, surveys, and other sources of information to the graduate committee as partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

Completion of the Plan A and Plan B – M.S. degrees generally requires at least two years of full-time work beyond the bachelor’s degree. All Plan A master’s students must take at least 30 credits of formal coursework at the 300 level or higher. Plan B master’s students need at least 36 credits of formal course work at the 500 level of higher. Graduate work may require undergraduate courses as prerequisites.

Plan C Online M.F.W.C.B. degree is a coursework-only, non-thesis, professional master’s degree. Applicants must have at least 2 years of previous professional experience in the natural resources arena.

Career Opportunities

Warner College employs a professional career counselor to assist you in preparing to enter the work force. 86% of Warner College graduates surveyed were employed in their fields within 6-months of graduation.

Which department am I in?

Warner College of Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,108.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected April, September 2023

Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Colorado State University

1062 Campus Delivery,



80523, United States

Online/Distance (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$7,050.00 per year
USD $705 per credit hour
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

GPA of 3.0 or higher (Preferred GPA of 3.3 or higher.); Undergraduate degree in a related field (Undergraduate degrees in unrelated fields may require additional coursework.).

For international students

If your undergraduate degree is in an area outside of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences such as liberal arts, business, education, or psychology, you probably are not eligible for our M.S. or Ph.D. program. One option may be to complete a second bachelor’s degree or take graduate level course work to strengthen your background for possible graduate admission later.

Students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better meet minimal requirements but does not guarantee admittance into the program.

The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 80 for the (internet-based exam). The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5. The minimum PTE Academic Score for admission without condition is 58.

To be considered for conditional admission, a student must have a minimum TOEFL score of 50 on the internet-based test, a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or PTE scores from 40-57.

Application deadline: Sep/01 for spring; Apr/01 for fall.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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