Top Wildlife Biology Graduate Programs: List of Schools

Wildlife biology applies various disciplines, such as ecology, chemistry and mathematics, to the study of animals and other organisms in their habitat. Graduates of a master's or doctoral program in wildlife biology can work as game wardens, pest control professionals, habitat managers, endangered species specialists, soil conservationists, educators or researchers.

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Best Graduate Schools for Wildlife Biology

1. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota spans two cities and is separated by the Mississippi River. The school's graduate programs in biology were ranked 32nd by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.

Wildlife biology is available as a concentration through the natural resources science and management program. The program includes a strong emphasis on conservation through the sustainable maintenance of fish, aviary and mammalian resources.

Classes in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Wildlife Ecology and Management program include wildlife handling and immobilization, avian conservation, fish physiology and topics on invertebrates. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Wildlife Ecology and Management may appeal to those interested in pursuing research or higher education teaching careers.

Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • Phone Number: (612) 625-5000

2. University of Arizona in Tucson

The University of Arizona became the first university in the state when it opened in the Sonoran Desert in 1885. The school was ranked 34th among graduate biology programs in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report.

Two degrees in wildlife biology are offered by the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. The programs focus on species diversity, as well as improving conditions for potentially endangered species.

Coursework and research areas for the M.S. in Natural Resources with a concentration in wildlife conservation management involve fisheries conservation, watershed management and rangeland ecology. The Ph.D. in Natural Resources with a concentration in wildlife conservation and management is offered for those planning a career in wildlife biology research or education at the college level.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 E. University, Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone Number: (520) 621-2211

Good Graduate Wildlife Biology Programs

College/University Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,659 100 Church St., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-5000
University of Florida 50,691 355 Tigert Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (352) 392-3261
Texas A & M University 48,702 College Station, TX 77843 (979) 845-3211
Michigan State University 47,071 East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 355-1855
University of Arizona 38,767 1401 E. University, Tucson, AZ 85721 (520) 621-2211
University of Maryland - College Park 37,195 College Park, MD 20742 (301) 405-1000
Brigham Young University 34,130 Main Campus, Provo, UT 84602 (801) 422-4636
University of Missouri - Columbia 31,237 105 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (573) 882-2121
The University of Tennessee 29, 934 527 Andy Holt Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996 (865) 974-1000
Colorado State University 28,902 102 Administration Bldg., Fort Collins, CO 80523 (970) 491-1101
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 28,643 Baton Rouge, LA 70803 (225) 578-3202
Iowa State University 27,945 Ames, IA 50011 (515) 294-5836
University of Massachusetts Amherst 27,016 Amherst, MA 01003 (413) 545-0111
Oregon State University 21,950 Corvallis, OR 97331 (541) 737-0123
University of Rhode Island 16,389 Kingston, RI 02881 (401) 874-1000
The University of Montana 14,921 Missoula, MT 59812 (406) 243-0211
Montana State University 12,348 Bozeman, MT 59717 (406) 994-0211
University of Idaho 11,957 875 Perimeter Dr., Moscow, ID 83844 (888)884-3246
University of Maine 11,894 Orono, ME 04469 (207) 581-1110
University of Alaska Fairbanks 9,137 215 Signers' Hall, Fairbanks, AK 99775 (907) 474-7211
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