Level: 
Graduate Certificate
Department: 
Fisheries and Wildlife

The Fisheries or Wildlife Management Graduate Certificates prepare you to learn effective solutions to complex fisheries or wildlife management challenges at both local and international levels. You'll gain the knowledge needed to handle many different issues in the management of fisheries or wildlife resources.

These are flexible programs, with a large number of courses that can be tailored to fit your interests. Courses can be completed online through Ecampus, at the Corvallis Campus, or both.  A program of fisheries science courses is also offered at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

Learner Outcomes for Graduate Certificate Students: Demonstrate proficiency (course grade of C or better) in graduate-level coursework in fisheries or wildlife ecology and human dimensions of resource management. Integrate biological and social science in a capstone research paper or outreach product designed for a specific audience: science, management agency, or general public. Synthesize scientific information from a variety of sources and demonstrate research skills through a project proposal, outline, and revision process, as well as correct citation and documentation of sources in the capstone project. Improve their breadth of fisheries knowledge and understanding of critical management issues, preparing them for advancement in the field.

Options: 

Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate:

Students are required to take a minimum of two courses (6 credits) from our Human Dimensions area and two courses (6 credits) from the Fisheries Science and Ecology area, plus a Capstone Project (3 credits). You need at least 18 credits of approved coursework to earn the certificate, 9 of these must meet stand alone requirements. Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate Requirements

Capstone Projects are synthesis papers or outreach products that are developed with a mentor from campus, a natural resource agency, or the student’s place of employment.

The below document summarizes the course options for the Fisheries Management Curriculum. Upon acceptance to the program, please complete and submit this form to fw.gradadvising@oregonstate.edu to initiate further advising. 

Wildlife Management Graduate Certificate:

Students are required to take a minimum of two courses (6 credits) from our Human Dimensions area and two courses (6 credits) from the Wildlife Sciences Core, one course from the Skills Courses area, plus a Capstone Project (3 credits). You need at least 18 credits of approved coursework to earn the certificate, 9 of these must meet stand alone requirements. Wildlife Management Graduate Certificate Requirements

Capstone Projects are synthesis papers or outreach products that are developed with a mentor from campus, a natural resource agency, or the student’s place of employment. 

The below document summarizes the course options for the Wildlife Management Curriculum. Upon acceptance to the program, please complete and submit this form to fw.gradadvising@oregonstate.edu to initiate further advising. 

Marine Research at Hatfield Marine Science Center

Students can choose to spend one or more terms at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, an extended campus facility located in Newport.  Whether you only have time during summer term or can make an extended stay, you can complete a number of credits toward your Fisheries Management Certificate in the research-oriented courses offered at HMSC.

View the complete list of HMSC schedule of classes.

Learning Outcomes: 

Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects are synthesis papers or outreach products that you develop with a mentor from campus, a natural resource agency, or your current job (if you work in the fisheries and wildlife field).

The purpose of your capstone project is to contribute to the field of fisheries or wildlife management with a product that reflects the principles and applications you have learned in your classes.

The format of your final project is the choice of student and mentor. Final projects can be in any communication format – a written report or “white paper”, a documentary, an outreach product, or even a podcast. Podcasts or video productions require a written script.

Supervision

You should identify a “Project Mentor”. Your employer or supervisor can serve as your mentor, or you can seek a mentor from OSU's faculty. You can also seek a mentor from another group or agency if you desire.The role of the mentor is to provide input on finalizing the project proposal and outline, help develop a timeline for completion, provide feedback on a draft, and provide an evaluation of your final product for review by the Program Advisor. It is anticipated that the time commitment of a mentor is approximately 10-15 hours in total, and a small stipend is available to compensate for their time.

As part of your Program of Study, please notify the Graduate Program Coordinator when you decide which term you will enroll in the Capstone Project course. This will allow us to plan for adequate oversight of your project and notify us to grant you the required department approval to register for FW 506.

Guidelines

Capstone Project Guidelines
FW 506 Capstone Project Proposal Instructions

Forms

Capstone Project Mentor Request Template
Capstone Project Guide for Mentors
Capstone Project Mentor Evaluation of Student

Sample Projects

Vector Corruption - Make Them Live Hard and Die Young
Marine Protected Areas in the 21st Century - breakthrough or static?
Fisheries Kiosk - an educational fisheries kiosk
Get on Board - an educational outreach video

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. 

New federal regulations require institutions to report certain information about educational programs that lead to gainful employment in recognized occupations.

For answers you didn’t find here, please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator, at fw.gradadvising@oregonstate.edu.

Learn more: 

View a webinar about the online Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate through Ecampus:

Contact Us: 

For questions about either program, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, or learn more about How To Apply to the Graduate Certificates Program.   

Newly admitted students should use the Getting Started Guide. Corvallis based students do not need to submit the online orientation form.