Graduate Programs

Students in the field

Graduate degrees in Biology and Wildlife prepare students for careers as professional biologists, whether in academia, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, or industry. In addition to gaining knowledge in a particular subdiscipline, graduate students receive training in research design and analysis, critical thinking, and professional skills such as scientific writing, oral communication, and grantsmanship.

The structure and requirements for degrees in Biological Sciences and in Wildlife Biology and Conservation are similar, but projects in Wildlife Biology generally place more emphasis on applied topics of relevance for management and conservation of free-ranging vertebrates.

Graduate students in Biology and Wildlife have access to many modern facilities, including the DNA core lab, a state-of-the-art greenhouse, and the extensive resources of the UA Museum of the North.

Our Graduates Have Exceptional Employment Outcomes:

The graph below classifies the employment type of students who graduated from our programs over the past 5 years. 100% of PhDs and 96% of MS students graduating between 2015 and 2020 were employed when surveyed in September 2020.

Graduate employment outcomes 2016-20
Requirements for Acceptance into the B&W Graduate Program:
  • You must have a strong academic record in an appropriate discipline and evidence of ability to complete a graduate degree
  • A faculty member must agree to accept you as his or her student
  • Funding sources for you and your research must be identified