Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Master of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (M.F.W.C.B.)

Online Master's in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Earn your master’s degree in conservation and wildlife biology online

This program focuses on the ecology and management of wild animals, for their benefit and the benefit of humans. With human impacts on the environment increasing, wildlife-inhabited lands are being changed or lost at unprecedented rates.

Managing wildlife includes activities such as study design, data collection, and communication to constituencies so policies can be selected that have positive outcomes for both wildlife and humans. This degree provides the training you need to effectively guide studies, decisions, and policies related to wildlife management.

A program for wildlife biologists and conservation professionals

This intensive, coursework-only online master's degree is designed for professionals working in the fish, wildlife, and conservation biology field. Students will broaden their critical thinking on current issues and receive the training to be successful in careers at natural resources agencies, firms, and non-government organizations.

Fish and wildlife focus

Faculty incorporate their research and field work experience into coursework and discussions with online students. Examples of recent issues that FWCB faculty have been involved with include:

  • The impacts of natural gas development and associated habitat mitigation on wildlife (e.g., mule deer, greater sage-grouse, small mammals including bats, and an array of avian species).
  • The introduction and management of whirling disease-resistant rainbow trout in Colorado.
  • Behavioral ecology of the (critically endangered) waved albatross in the Galápagos Islands.
  • Understanding African elephant behavior, ecology, and associated human-wildlife conflicts.

Flexible course delivery to fit your schedule

This wildlife and conservation biology degree is offered online in a flexible, self-paced study format optimal for working professionals. Courses are delivered online using the Canvas online learning management system, which offers forums for collaboration with other students and faculty.

What you learn

Build your knowledge base and understanding of how to review scientific information; analyze, interpret, and explain data; develop and communicate strategies and plans; and make complex decisions to successfully manage fish and wildlife while considering budgets, stakeholders, and human values. Topics of study include:

  • Conservation biology: theory and practice
  • Issues in wildlife-human conflicts
  • Fish and wildlife study design
  • Applied sampling, analysis, and data interpretation
  • Population dynamics and habitat management

Summary of admission requirements

Before applying to this program, please make sure you meet the following admission criteria:

  • A B.A. or B.S. degree in conservation biology, wildlife biology, or a closely related discipline
  • A minimum of 2 years full-time professional employment with work focusing on wildlife biology or a closely related field
  • A 3.0 GPA or higher on all undergraduate coursework

Review the full admission requirements, applications deadlines, and other information on the How to Apply page.

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