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Fish and Wildlife Science and Management

The Fish and Wildlife Science and Management option of the MNR degree at The University of Idaho is a non-thesis option designed for:

  1. Professionals who want to advance their careers in fish and wildlife management by obtaining a graduate degree.
  2. Students desiring a career in fish and wildlife management who would benefit from a curriculum that includes policy and social aspects of fish and wildlife management as well as traditional graduate level courses in the fish and wildlife sciences.

Our program can be completed 100% online, on campus or any combination of online and on campus.

For detailed information on course requirements see the course catalogue.

For more information, please email the graduate research office.

What makes us unique?

Our Fish and Wildlife Department faculty ranked 4th out of 33 U.S. in terms of research productivity in a 2016 study published in PLOS One, CNR ranked 1st in Value and 5th for program quality for Natural Resources and Conservation — USA Today. The College of Natural Resources has been a leader in natural resources education for over 100 years.

Fast Facts

  • 30 credit, non-thesis program designed for working professionals, but open to all.
  • Can be completed in three semesters.
  • Online or in-person.
  • Support for veterans and active service members.
  • Pay only Idaho graduate resident tuition for the Online program.
  • No GRE required.
  • Apply year-round.

Program Outcomes

This flexible graduate program will provide students with advanced knowledge and competency in:

  • Ecology, genetics, habitat management and conservation, and advanced biology courses related to a student’s field of interest
  • Quantitative and statistical methods
  • Environmental and natural resource policy and management
  • Communication skills (oral and written) necessary for being an effective fish and wildlife management professional

Core required courses include:

  • FISH 510 Advanced Fish and Wildlife Management* (3 cr) -OR- NRS 555 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (3 cr)
  • FISH/WLF 598 Internship (2 cr) plus NR 599 Non-thesis Master's Research (2 cr) -OR- FISH/WLF 502 Directed Study Project (4 cr)
  • FOR 546 Science Synthesis and Communication (3 cr)
  • WLF 506 External Speaker Seminar (1 cr)

*Important Note: FISH 510 is a virtual course, which requires students to join a Zoom meeting at a scheduled time two-three times a week.


  • Fisheries or Wildlife biologist
  • Fisheries or Wildlife manager
  • Aquaculture research technician
  • Fisheries or Wildlife research technician
  • Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer or Conservation Officer
  • Aquaculture research manager or program director
  • Endangered species biologist
  • Fish and Wildlife communication or education specialist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Park ranger

Contact Us

CNR | Graduate Studies Office

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142

Phone: 208-885-1505


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