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Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation

Application Deadline

  • Fall: Feb 1
  • Winter: Feb 1
  • Contact Information

    4112 LSB
    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 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 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 thesis format. This research is expected to be of a publication quality and thesis 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: (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (PWS 699R).
    • Undergraduate hours:  no more than 9 semester hours may be applied toward master's degree.
    • Required courses: PWS 694R (seminar—two semesters). Additional courses as determined by student’s advisory committee and approved by department graduate coordinator.
    • Program of Study submission
    • Biannual progress reviews by advisory committee and graduate committee.
    • Presentation of research prospectus to advisory committee.
    • Thesis: completion of the thesis in scientific journal format and prepared for journal submission.
    • Examination: final oral defense of thesis.
    Program Outcomes
    Literature Analysis and Synthesis
    Synthesize literature relevant to a research project.

    Research Design
    Design and conduct research applying appropriate scientific and analytical methods.

    Effective Communication
    Communicate scientific findings effectively via oral presentations and in writing.

    Program Stats
    Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
    Total Students 31.0
    International 1.0
    Male 20.0
    Female 11.0
    LDS 29.0
    BYU Undergraduate 11.0
    Five Year Average of Graduated Students
    Average Years to Degree 1.89
    Graduated Per Year 18.2
    GMAT Quantitative Percentile 67.5
    Five Year Average of Admitted Students
    Applied Per Year 8.2
    Admitted Per Year 7.8
    Percent Admitted 95.12
    Average GPA 3.55