The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences offers two Master’s (non-thesis) programs: Masters of Natural Resource Development and Masters of Wildlife Science.
The Masters of Natural Resource Development degree (non-thesis) is designed for working natural resource professionals who want graduate training in natural resources and environmental science with a management orientation. It aims to develop an understanding of the interrelationships among ecology, economics, policy and culture as factors that influence natural resource conservation and management.
The Masters of Wildlife Science degree (non-thesis) is to provide working natural resource professionals with an understanding of the interrelationships among ecology, policy, culture and economics as factors that influence natural resource management. The program is designed for students already having established fundamentals in biology and natural resource related topics.
Additional information on requirements for the non-thesis Master’s program can be found in the Graduate Policies and Procedures. You will work with your advisor to develop a plan for the course work and other credits you will take, based on your academic needs. This is called the “degree plan.” The degree plan also formally declares your degree objective and advisory committee membership. You must submit your degree plan to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies for approval. This is done through the online degree plan submission system.
- 36 credit hours (minimum)
- You will earn up to 6 credits for a professional paper
- You may include up to 9 credits of upper-level undergraduate (300- or 400-level) courses
- Transfer Credit: Up to 12 credit hours (of the required 36) for courses taken with a grade of B or better from another accredited U.S. institution may be considered for transfer credit. Any transfer work is subject to review and approval by your graduate advisory committee, department head and the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.
- Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPR
You must prepare a professional paper in a relevant area of wildlife and fisheries sciences. This paper will be developed under the direction of your faculty advisor and advisory committee. Students may request to have this professional paper uploaded in the TAMU Library Repository. To upload, submit a copy of the paper to Lindsay Hutchins and send the Permission Form to Dr. Robert McGeachin at the Library.
Final Oral Examination
As a non-thesis student you are required to pass a final comprehensive examination administered by your advisory committee. The exam will be based on your formal coursework as well as the content of your professional paper. This exam may be written or oral or both.