Anyone with questions regarding the Wildlife Ecology graduate degree requirements should contact the Student Services Coordinator, Sara Rodock (email or 608-262-9926). 

The Graduate School is the administrative unit overseeing 170 graduate programs of study at UW-Madison. Applicants and students must satisfy the requirements of both the Graduate School and the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department for admission, progress, and completion of degrees. For information regarding the Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures please visit the websites below:

Prerequisite Courses

Important note - These courses represent minimal requirements for both MS and PhD students. Students are expected to enter the program with a majority of these courses completed, but deficient courses may be taken while in the MS or PhD program. A student's Graduate Committee may require additional courses as deemed necessary for competence in a particular field of study.

  • one course in introductory biology
  • two courses in ecology (one course in population ecology)
  • one course in conservation biology, wildlife management, natural resources policy, or human dimensions of natural resources
  • one course in organismal biology (i.e. physiology, terrestrial vertebrates, ornithology)
  • one course in genetics or evolution
  • one course in plant ecology or plant taxonomy
  • one course in college-level geometry, algebra, trigonometry, or calculus

Requirements last updated: 4 October 2011

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MS Requirements

PhD Requirements

Pre-Fall 2014 Requirements

Wildlife Ecology MS and PhD students who began their program prior to Fall 2014 (and maintained continous enrollment in every fall and spring semester since initial enrollment) should follow the pre-Fall 2014 Program Requirements.

Last updated October 6, 2015

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