Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation
Application Deadlines
Fall:February 1
Winter:February 1
Contact Information: 
4112 LSB
Program Requirements: 

This program emphasizes the scientific method in developing critical thinking and analytical skills applied to conservation and management problems related to wildlife ecology, wildlands, restoration science and/or rangeland/wildland ecology. Depending on the emphasis, advanced training in topic specialties may be complemented by courses in statistics, geographical information systems (GIS), soil sciences, model testing, systematics, or advanced ecology. All emphases require original research topics with the results presented in dissertation format. This research is expected to be of a publication quality and dissertation style best reflecting that of a professional journal, thus facilitating timely submissions for publication. We also encourage formal presentations at professional meetings.  

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: minimum 54 credit hours, including 18 hours of dissertation (PWS 799R).
  • Students who have earned a master’s degree must complete at least 36 credit hours of additional graduate work at BYU beyond the master’s degree.
  • Required courses: PWS 694R (seminar—four semesters). Additional courses as determined by student’s advisory committee and approved by department graduate coordinator.
  • Two consecutive six-hour semesters on BYU campus to fulfill the doctoral residency requirement.
  • Program of Study submission
  • Biannual progress reviews by advisory committee and graduate committee.
  • Presentation of research prospectus to advisory committee.
  • Dissertation: completion of the dissertation in scientific journal format and prepared for journal submission.
  • Examination: (A) comprehensive oral and written examination; (B) oral defense of dissertation.
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE - (total score of 300 required with a minimum of a “4” on the writing portion)

TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants)

Additional Requirements

Baccalaureate degree or equivalent

3.2 GPA or high


Statement of Intent

Three letters of recommendation

Ecclesiastical Endorsement 

A funded project: No graduate candidate will be accepted unless he or she has a departmental faculty member willing to serve as a major advisor on a funded project

Program Outcomes: 

Literature Analysis and Synthesis in Plant or Wildlife Ecolo

Synthesize literature and apply the scientific method to the design and writing of a research proposal.

Knowledge of Coursework

Demonstrate proficiency and competency with regards to coursework taken towards PhD.

Effective Communication and Research

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing through presentation of the ecological and management context, research approach, and world of inference.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 14
International 2
Female 4
LDS 13
Non-White 2
BYU Undergraduate 5
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 310.1
GRE Quantitative Score 154.4
GRE Quantitative Percentile 57.5
GRE Verbal Score 155.8
GRE Verbal Percentile 67.4
GRE Analytical Score 3.7
GRE Analytical Percentile 43.8
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 6.8
Graduated Per Year 1.5
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 4.0
Admitted Per Year 2.6
Percent Admitted 65.00
Average GPA 3.58