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M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences


Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - M.S.


A M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (separate areas of specialization) is intended to educate students for management-level positions with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, private companies, and for the pursuit of higher academic degrees. You will gain in-depth knowledge and research experiences that will allow you to contribute to understanding and developing solutions for the problems that impact our wildlife and fisheries resources.  Through specifically identified study plans and mentoring, we strive to assist students in developing their intellectual capacity and skills in working with natural resources and people. Each student works directly alongside faculty mentors to propose and conduct an original scientific investigation.

Is it for you?

Want to make a difference in wildlife and fisheries conservation and management?
Enjoy conducting research in the field?
Have a strong interest in science?
Can work independently and as part of a team?
Have strong communication and problem-solving skills?


State and Federal Wildlife Biologist
State and Federal Fisheries Biologist
Habitat Resource Manager
Natural Resource Consultant
University/College Instructor
Research Scientist
Refuge Manager
Preserve Manager

Please visit the SDSU Catalog for more information about these degrees.

Contact Us

For questions, please contact: Michele Dudash or Terri Symens

South Dakota State University
Natural Resource Management
Box 2140B
Brookings, SD 57007