Fisheries Science

Graduate Program Fact Sheet
Fisheries Science

We educate our students to think critically and evaluate problems from a strong background in basic and applied science, fundamental ecological principles, and consideration of social influences on conservation. Our faculty and students focus on a wide variety of topics from genes to human-ecological systems to coastal sciences. We are at the cutting edge of emerging technologies such as the integration of biological and social sciences and our Ecampus programs are among the best in the nation. Oregon State University is strategically located for the study of fisheries and wildlife, surrounded by diverse ecosystems including the Pacific Ocean and coastal estuaries, many small and large rivers, lowland valleys, mountains and the high desert.

Fisheries Science | MAIS, M.S., PhD

The Fisheries Science graduate program focuses on quantitative analysis of marine and freshwater fish populations, water quality, fish systematics, fish and invertebrate physiology, stream ecology, modeling of aquatic ecosystems, ecosystems, land use interactions, endangered species, and aquaculture.


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Graduate Student Support

  • In addition to GRA and GTA support we offer a number of departmental scholarships, students can apply for funding to cover publishing expenses, and can apply for funding to cover travel expenses.
  • The department and University also award several graduate fellowships and scholarships to outstanding students. For more information see the Graduate School’s Financing Your Education website at:
  • The Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) represents the interests and rights of Oregon State University’s graduate employees through the bargaining and maintenance of a fair working contract. CGE strives to create a community of graduate employees empowered to advocate for collective issues.
  • The Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association is a resource for fisheries and wildlife graduate students to enhance their education and their community. graduate-student-association

How to Apply

The online application, a downloadable application form, and contact information are available from the Graduate School. You may also write to the Graduate School, Oregon State University, 2900 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97331; telephone them at 541-737-4881, or email at

A student wishing to be admitted to any graduate program at Oregon State University must complete an application form, pay the application fee, and submit photocopies of all official transcripts. International students must also submit recent TOEFL scores and certify sufficient funding to complete the required degree. The Office of Admissions provides a more complete listing of required documents and application steps. Detailed information for both domestic applicants and international applicants is also available.

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Program Requirements

  • PhD applicants should have an MS degree in a relevant field or equivalent academic experience.
  • NOTE: International applicants must also submit documents and language test scores that are outlined on the graduate admissions international applicants’ webpage.
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James Pearson

James Pearson was a doctorate student and studied the turbidity in Malheur Lake. He is currently a USFWS Fish Biologist stationed at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR). He monitors the native aquatic species and suppresses the non-native species. He also works on restoration actions on the varied waterbodies within the MNWR (lakes, rivers, and creeks) in order to enhance the critical habitat required for migratory and residential wildlife species that utilize MNWR.