Am I required to connect with FWCB faculty before I submit an application for the M.S. Plan A/B or Ph.D. Program?

The FWCB graduate program does not recommend students for acceptance without an FWCB faculty member who is willing to support their application.  As such, we strongly recommend interested graduate students to connect and discuss potential positions with FWCB faculty member(s) they want to work with before submitting an application.  Submitting an application without a strong connection with an FWCB faculty member greatly reduces your chances to be recommended for admittance to the FWCB Graduate Program and Graduate Admissions Office.

Am I required to take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)?

Yes, the GRE is used as a standard during the acceptance review process for the M.S. Plan A/B and Ph.D. program.  Potential students with a combined average on the verbal and quantitative score less than 70th percentile are strongly encouraged to retake the test.  The GRE test is not required to apply for the M.F.W.B. Plan C masters program. 

Am I required to send official transcripts along with the FWCB application?

When applicants officially apply to the CSU Graduate Admissions Office, official transcripts are required from each college/university attended.  When sending your information to an FWCB faculty member to review, unofficial transcripts are sufficient.

Can I qualify for the FWCB or M.F.W.B. graduate program if my undergraduate degree is not science related?

Maybe. The FWCB graduate program is heavily weighted in math and science. Students who do not have adequate math and science skills are typically required to take courses that will provide them with the skill set necessary to be successful in the FWCB graduate program. Students who do not have the necessary math and science background often apply to CSU as a 2nd bachelors student and take foundational math and science courses before they apply to the FWCB graduate program.

Can you send me information on the graduate program or the application process?

Information about the FWCB graduate program may be found on this FAQ page and FWCB Prospective Students page.   Information about the M.F.W.B. Plan C Online program may be found at CSU Online.  If after reviewing these pages you have any questions, please contact Joyce Pratt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-491-5020.

Do I have to have a faculty advisor in place before I can be accepted into the FWCB graduate program?

Yes, the FWCB M.S. Plan A/B and Ph.D. graduate program only accepts graduate students who have an FWCB faculty advisor that has agreed to be their advisor. In order to obtain an FWCB faculty advisor, potential students need to contact FWCB faculty to discuss open positions in their research programs.

Does FWCB ever accept students who have an undergraduate GPA lower than a 3.0?

Yes. Each applicant is reviewed individually. However, because the FWCB graduate program is very competitive, students with less than a 3.0 undergradaute GPA are often required and encouraged to take more undergraduate courses to raise their GPA or graduate level courses to show that they are capable of doing well in graduate level work. (Please note, graduate level work taken without being accepted to the program may or may not be counted towards the FWCB graduate program.)

Does the FWCB graduate program accept international students?

Yes, international students are encouraged to apply to the FWCB graduate program. We currently have several successful international students in the program.

Note: Please see section D.5 of the Graduate and Professional Bulletin for more information about the application process.

Does the FWCB graduate program offer financial support for international students?

Financial support for international students comes from a variety of areas. International students have special requirements in order to enter the USA. Please visit the International Program website at http://www.international.colostate.edu.

How do I apply for financial aid for the M.S. Plan A/B and Ph.D. program?

There are several avenues to receive financial aid including, scholarships, grants, fellowships, loans, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for a number of scholarships available through the Warner College of Natural Resources (WCNR) and Colorado State University (CSU) Financial Aid Office. Information about the WCNR scholarships and CSU financial aid may be found respectively at http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/students/current/financial-aid and http://sfs.colostate.edu/.

Because the FWCB M.S. Plan A/B and Ph.D. graduate programs are rigorous programs, FWCB faculty are committed to funding incoming graduate students prior to acceptance into the FWCB graduate programs (e.g. we do not accept graduate students without funding in place). Throughout the year FWCB faculty write and apply for funding through a variety of sources e.g. NSF, NIH, CDOW, USDA, USGS grants, private industry, fellowships, NGOs, etc. Funding graduate students allows them to focus on their graduate research and studies rather than employment.

FWCB does not offer financial aid for the M.F.W.B. Plan C Online program.

How do I find faculty members that are accepting graduate students?

FWCB faculty members advertise on their respective websites for open graduate student positions. You are strongly encouraged to review each faculty member's website to determine if their research aligns with your career goals. Once you find a faculty member with a research program that fits your goals, please contact that faculty member directly to discuss available graduate student positions.

How long will it take before I know if I am accepted into the FWCB Graduate Program?

The review process can take between 2 - 6 weeks.  During the summer months (May - September) FWCB faculty are often in the field conducting research with limited internet access which can delay the process.  

I completed the CSU Graduate Admissions application process for the FWCB Plan A/B/Ph.D. programs.  Is this all I need to do?

No, applicants to the FWCB graduate programs Plan A/B/Ph.D. are required to connect with an FWCB faculty as well.  The FWCB graduate program (Plan A/B/Ph.D) requires an FWCB faculty member who is willing to recommend potential students for acceptance.    

If I am applying for a Ph.D. program, am I required to submit my undergraduate transcripts if I already been awarded a Masters degree?

Yes, you will need to submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to be considered for the FWCB Graduate program. (Please note: FWCB faculty can use unofficial transcripts for their review.  If an FWCB faculty member is recommending you for admittance, CSU requires official transcripts for the Graduate Admissions application.)    

I've been recommended for acceptance to the FWCB Graduate Program, now what?

If an applicant is recommended by an FWCB Graduate Faculty member to the CSU Graduate School and Graduate Admissions Office for acceptance, the applicant should immediately go to the CSU Graduate Admissions webpage at and complete the Online Application.

Recommendation Letters: are they required and where should they be sent?

The FWCB graduate program requires a minimum of 3 recommendation letters (more may be sent but are not necessary).  Once an applicant has identified 2 or 3 potential advisors and connected with them, they can have their letters of recommendation sent directly to those FWCB faculty members.   We accept recommendations letters via, US mail, e-mail, and fax (970-491-5091).  Letters sent via e-mail must come from the author's e-mail account (e.g. cannot be forwarded by the applicant). Letters sent via US mail should be sent to:

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Colorado State University
1474 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1474

Residency: what are the requirements?

Residency is determined by the Student's Financial Services (SFS) Office. For information about how to apply and qualify for Colorado residency, please visit the SFS website at http://sfs.colostate.edu/residency/.

Should I complete the CSU on-line application process before I send in my FWCB application materials to an FWCB faculty member?

No. Because we accept a nominal number of students to the FWCB Graduate Program, we do not encourage students to complete the CSU Graduate Admissions application and pay the application fee unless you have been notified that the FWCB Graduate Committee is recommending your acceptance to the CSU Graduate Admissions Office and Graduate School.

What are the material required for the FWCB application?

FWCB faculty require GRE scores, unofficial transcripts (from all universities/colleges attended), personal statement, resume (CV) and a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation.

What are the FWCB Masters Plan A/B Ph.D. graduate program application deadlines?

The FWCB graduate program accepts students thoughout the academic year. Because FWCB accepts students throughout the year, we do not have "set" deadlines to apply to the FWCB Graduate program.

What is the minimum GPA I need to apply to the FWCB Graduate Program?

Because the FWCB program is very competitive the minimum GPA standard is a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) combined undergraduate work.

When is the best time to visit CSU and FWCB faculty members?

Although CSU and FWCB is an open campus and we welcome students and their family members at any time, the FWCB faculty maintain a busy schedule. If you would like to meet with a faculty member, please contact them directly to schedule an appointment as they maintain their own calendars. Also, please note, FWCB faculty do summer field research and are typically not available during the summer months.

Where do I need to send my GRE scores?

You can have your GRE Scores sent directly to CSU without applying for admission. In addition, we accept copies of your GRE Report with your FWCB pre-application packet.