How To Apply

Applications are reviewed throughout the year. However, applications for the Plan C Master's Degree are reviewed starting February 1. We prefer that all students begin in the Fall Semester in order to participate in our orientation seminar and take sequential courses.
  1. Complete the Department pre-application form; send the pre-application with all other supporting materials--letters of recommendation, narrative, resume, 1 copy of unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended and GRE scores (subject test not required, institution code 4075) -- directly to:

    Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
    Colorado State University
    1474 Campus Delivery
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1474
     
  2. As noted on the pre-application, please select a Faculty member(s) that you would like to have as your advisor, based on your area of interest. Our Department requires that all graduate students have a Faculty advisor.
  3. When all required pre-application documents are received in the department, the application is routed and reviewed by faculty.
  4. All applicants are notified of review results. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call the department at (970) 491-5020 for more information.
  5. If you are notified that the FWCB Graduate Affairs Committee is recommending your acceptance to the CSU Graduate School as a graduate student, you will need to submit 2 official copies of your transcripts from each college/university attended to the above address. In addition please complete the online CSU Graduate School application (Graduate School GS1).

General Information

All students (except Plan C Master's Degree ) are admitted to our graduate program on an individual basis depending upon the availability of funded projects obtained by each faculty member.

Please research our faculty profiles to determine which faculty have research interests similar to your own.  Contact those faculty to determine if they have funding available and are accepting new students. 

Admission decisions are based on academic performance, GRE scores, letters of recommendations, work experience, evidence of scientific productivity, leadership qualities, and a personal statement. Students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and combined scores of 1200 or better on the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE Test meet minimal requirements. We have many highly qualified applicants; therefore, if you do not exceed these minimum standards, you are not encouraged to apply.

If your undergraduate degree is in an area outside of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences such as liberal arts, business, education, or psychology, you probably are not eligible for our M.S. program. One option may be to complete a second bachelor's degree or take course work to strengthen your background for possible graduate admission later.

Students in our program generally may not apply for a Ph.D. program without first earning a M.S. degree.

Students interested in a continuing education degree who have at least 5 years of professional experience and wish to gain additional skills may wish to apply for our Plan C Master's Degree.

Students interested in an interdisciplinary program may wish to apply to CSU's Graduate Degree Program in Ecology.

For general information regarding graduate school, please visit the CSU Graduate School website. 

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