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Graduate Program

The Department offers graduate work leading to the Master of Science degree with a major in Wildlife Sciences. The Fisheries Science major is an option within Wildlife Sciences.

Students are encouraged to obtain minors in other disciplines.

Minimum qualifications for admission to the graduate program include the following:

-3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work.

-On the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), no less than 450 on one or the other of the two parts for a combined score of 1000, or (on the new ETS scale) a combined score of 297 with at least 150 and 141 on the verbal and quantitative portions, respectively.

-Course work in zoology, botany, vertebrate biology, genetics, and animal ecology and a basic appreciation of sustainable use of natural resources, with supporting courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and written and oral communication.

All students should apply directly to the Graduate School Graduate School using the online application form. Students are required to submit transcripts of ALL undergraduate courses, not just those taken at the university where they received their degree (i.e., community colleges, previous universities). Other required documents include: a letter of application, GRE scores, and current CV along with the fee.

Three letters of recommendation (it is preferred that at least two letters come from university instructors). should be sent directly to the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology, to: Doris Morgan, Graduate Student Liaison.

Applicants should submit a writing sample of approximately 350 words in the form of an essay or letter of application. It should indicate the applicant's reasons for pursuing advanced study, personal and educational goals, and additional experiences (e.g., military or career) or skills that might provide additional preparation for graduate studies.

Applicants should also contact a faculty member in the department they would like to work with as an advisor, and that faculty member needs to agree to serve as the student's advisor and fund their research. Application forms, application fee and transcripts should be submitted to the Graduate School. Successful applicants will be selected from those who meet the criteria of grade-point average, GRE scores, CV, and educational background described above and who appear to have professional promise as indicated by personal history and written references.

Foreign students apply through the Center for International Programs and must submit a completed International Application for Admission online and pay the application fee at: International Students.

Graduate Application Committee Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology New Mexico State University PO Box 30003,MSC 4901 Las Cruces NM 80003 Telephone (575) 646-1544 Email: domorgan@nmsu.edu