What Colleges Offer Degrees in Wildlife Management?

Read about important considerations for choosing a wildlife management degree program. Review three well-regarded schools with programs in this field, and check what kinds of wildlife management degrees each school offers. Schools offering Environmental & Social Sustainability degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Wildlife Management Degree?

Wildlife management, sometimes referred to as wildlife conservation, is the study of how to care for and manage the natural world in order to maintain the populations of various species.

When choosing a school with a wildlife management program, location is a major factor to consider. You'll want to pick one that allows access to the wildlife habitats you're interested in working with, whether they are in the piedmont, plains, mountains, or on the coast. Wildlife management programs that enable you to work with faculty at research laboratories or field stations should be considered. Look for programs with internship opportunities, as well. Depending on your needs, there is also the option of online wildlife management degrees.

Three Well-Known Schools Offering Wildlife Management Programs

Montana State University in Bozeman

Montana State University's natural resource programs are among the country's oldest. If you pursue one of its undergraduate or graduate fish and wildlife management degrees, you can take advantage of the university's location. Not only are various wildlife habitats close to campus, Yellowstone National Park is less than 100 miles away. You'll also be able to conduct research on such topics as grizzly bear ecology and waterfoul habitat management. Opportunities to participate in field experiences and outreach programs through university chapters of the Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society are also available. Program options include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Master of Science in Fish and Wildlife Management

University of Georgia in Athens

The University of Georgia graduate wildlife ecology and management programs are available through its Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the oldest forestry school in the South. You'll benefit from interaction with the school's faculty, who maintain such research facilities as the Wildlife Damage Laboratory and the Herpetology Laboratory. You can also take advantage of labs located in the nearby 46-acre Whitehall Forest. Available degree programs are listed below:

  • Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Wildlife Ecology and Management

University of Minnesota - Crookston

The University of Minnesota - Crookston offers a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources with an emphasis in wildlife management. Students in this program can participate in internships with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and take field trips to the university's biological research station. You'll also have access to an 800-acre prairie habitat preserve and the 85-acre Red River Valley Natural History Area.

Ten Schools with Wildlife Management Programs

College/University Institution Type LocationEstimated Undergrad In-State Tuition (2018-2019)*
Eastern Kentucky University Public, 4 year Richmond, KY$10,000
Auburn University Public, 4 year Auburn, AL$11,000
Iowa State University Public, 4 year and above Ames, IA$9,000
Murray State University Public, 4 year Murray, KY$9,000
University of Idaho Public, 4 year and above Moscow, ID$8,000
Washington State University Public, 4 year and above Pullman, WA$11,500
Brigham Young University-Provo Private, not-for-profit, 4 year and above Provo, UT$6,000
Dakota Wesleyan University Private, not-for-profit, 4 year Mitchell, SD$28,000
Frostburg State University Public, 4 year Frostburg, MD$9,000
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao Public, 4 year Humacao, PR$4,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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