Schools with Wildlife Conservation Programs: How to Choose

Programs are widely available for earning undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in wildlife conservation and the related fields of wildlife management and wildlife biology. Associate degree programs can be found at vocational and community colleges, while bachelor's and master's degrees can be earned at 4-year universities.

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Many schools offer degree programs in wildlife conservation, sometimes called natural resources conservation. A bachelor's degree is usually required for jobs in wildlife conservation, and a master's degree is needed for those with career plans that include teaching, research, or high-level management.

Schools with Wildlife Conservation Programs

Wildlife conservation programs are offered at a number of institutions, including those listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral In-state Undergraduate $10,558; Out-of-state Undergraduate $27,267; In-state Graduate $9,348; Out-of-state Graduate $22,916
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral Undergraduate $49,116; Graduate $29,500
Front Range Community College Westminster, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state Undergraduate $3,527; Out-of-state Undergraduate $13,244
Michigan State University East Lansing 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral In-state Undergraduate $13,560; Out-of-state Undergraduate $36,360; In-state Graduate $16,122; Out-of-state Graduate $31,674
Montana State University Bozeman, MT 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral In-state Undergraduate $12,150; Out-of-state Undergraduate $20,952; In-state Graduate $4,797; Out-of-state Graduate $16,042
Oregon State University Bend, OR 4-year, Public Master's, Doctoral In-state Graduate $12,150; Out-of-state Graduate $20,952
University of California-Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public Bachelor's In-state Undergraduate $13,951; Out-of-state Undergraduate $38,659
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral In-state Undergraduate $6,381; Out-of-state Undergraduate $28,659; In-state Graduate $10,770; Out-of-state Graduate $27,335
University of Washington-Seattle Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral In-state Undergraduate $11,839; Out-of-state Undergraduate $34,143; In-state Graduate $15,207; Out-of-state Graduate $27,255

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are several factors to consider when choosing a program in this field.

  • Practical training is a critical component of a wildlife conservation program. Some schools offer undergraduate research opportunities, and many degree programs require students to complete internships.
  • Students seeking a graduate education within their area of interest may want to apply to a school that offers undergraduate preparation as well.
  • Graduates of some programs may qualify for various professional certifications, such as the optional Certified Wildlife Biologist credential offered by The Wildlife Society.
  • Wildlife conservation programs offer preparation for work in a variety of jobs with wildlife, so students will need to be sure their program has the right education level.

Associate Degrees

Many community and vocational colleges offer associate degree programs in wildlife conservation. These programs generally take two years to complete. Graduates are prepared for entry-level jobs in the wildlife field, or they may pursue additional education through a bachelor's degree program.

Bachelor's Degrees

Bachelor's degree programs in wildlife conservation usually take at least four years to complete. These programs prepare students for a variety of careers in the wildlife field as a wildlife conservationist, biologist or public educator. Students often have the opportunity to participate in internships, research projects or field studies through the school or with affiliated organizations.

Master's Degrees

Master's degree programs prepare students for careers in research, education or administration in the field of wildlife and environmental conservation. These programs usually take at least two years to complete and offer students specialized coursework in a particular research or career focus. Students must typically choose between the completion of a research thesis or project to graduate.

Wildlife conservation programs can be pursued at the certificate, associate's degree, bachelor's degree, master's degree or doctoral degree levels. These programs are offered at many institutions across the United States and can prepare individuals to pursue many types of careers in wildlife conservation.

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