Type: 
Major
Level: 
Professional Science Master (PSM)
Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus
On-Line
Department: 
Fisheries and Wildlife

The Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (PSMFWA) is offered to working professionals with at least five years of experience who want to accelerate their fisheries and wildlife related careers. This program is offered both online through Ecampus and through Corvallis campus.

Learner Outcomes for PSMFWA Students: The PSMFWA degree is an integrated curriculum designed to provide advanced, professional training in four areas: (1) core knowledge in fish or wildlife biology, ecology and management; (2) natural resources policy; (3) human dimensions of natural resources management; and (4) professional skills and abilities. In addition, each student will participate in an intensive internship experience engaging students in real world work situations involving technical problems, teamwork, communication skills, and decision‐making. For more details, please review the specific learning outcomes for the each of the major components of the PSMFWA degree.

Why Should I Get a PSM?

Fisheries and wildlife resource conservation is a challenging profession involving biological, ecological, management, policy, and social systems. Although many professionals obtain entry-level positions with B.S. degrees, mid- and upper-level positions typically require additional training in biology, quantitative methods, and business and communication skills. The PSM in Fisheries & Wildlife Administration prepares you to become a thoughtful, innovative leader in the science and management of fisheries and wildlife.

The PSMFWA degree is an integrated curriculum designed to provide advanced, professional training in four areas:

  1. Core knowledge in fish or wildlife biology, ecology and management;
  2. Professional skills and abilities;
  3. Human dimensions of natural resources management;
  4. Natural resources policy. 

In addition, you will participate in an intensive internship experience engaging students in real world work situations involving technical problems, teamwork, communication skills, and decision-making. 

Read more about the specific learner outcomes of the Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration.

Options: 

he 45-credit PSMFWA curriculum is organized into four main sections:

  • Biophysical sciences core (20 credits)
  • Social sciences core (12 credits)
  • Business communication and management skills core (6 credits)
  • Internship (6 credits)

PSMFWA Curriculum

PSMFWA Requirements

Professional Internship Requirements

Current students should use the FW Course Offerings document to help plan their future term schedules. Courses offered during OSU's summer Natural Resources Leadership Academy are also accepted toward PSMFWA degree requirements. Other OSU courses related to your program of study may be accepted with approval of the Program Director - please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator to request a course substitution.

Learning Outcomes: 

Current PSMFWA Students

A full time course load for a graduate student ranges from 9 to 16 credits per term. A minimum of 9 credits per term is required of most international students to satisfy visa requirements. Half time enrollment for Financial Aid eligibility is usually 5 credits minimum. A minimum enrollment of 3 credits per term is required under OSU's Continuous Enrollment Policy and to complete your final exam. This rule does not apply to summer term. If you plan to not enroll during any term (other than Summer term), you must file a Leave of Absence request no later than 15 working days prior to the start of the term, so there is time to obtain signatures and file with the Graduate School. Leave of Absence request must be filed for EVERY term in which you are not enrolled.  

Please note that you also must to be currently enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits in your last term, when you plan to defend and complete your degree. You will be expected to present results from your internship experience as a seminar open to all graduate students and department faculty (remote connection is fine), which will be followed by a closed defense examination with your committee.

Make sure that you share your final internship report with your major professor (first drafts) and graduate committee members (final draft) at least a few weeks in advance of your final examination to allow time for feedback and revisions. We also advise you to share a draft of your presentation with your advisor to ensure good preparation for the defense seminar.

Career Paths: 

Students looking for a job can peruse our Job Board list, check our FW Job Board and sign up for our OSU FW job listserv that is distributed as a weekly digest to subscribers.

Contact Us: 

For more details about the PSMFWA program and instructions on how to apply, please visit our Ecampus page.

If you have other questions about the Professional Science Masters in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.