Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation - MS

Literature Analysis and Synthesis

Synthesize literature relevant to a research project.

Research Design

Design and conduct research applying appropriate scientific and analytical methods.

Effective Communication

Communicate scientific findings effectively via oral presentations and in writing.  

This program emphasizes the scientific method in developing critical thinking and analytical skills applied to conservation and management problems related to wildlife ecology, wildlands, restoration science and/or rangeland ecology. Depending on the emphasis, advanced training in topic specialties may be complemented by courses in statistics, geographical information systems (GIS), soil sciences, model testing, systematics, or advanced ecology. All emphases require original research topics with the results presented in thesis format. This research is expected to be of a publication quality and thesis style best reflecting that of a professional journal, thus facilitating timely submissions for publication. We also encourage formal presentations at professional meetings.  

Requirements for Degree

  • Credit hours: (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (PWS 699R).
  • Undergraduate hours:  no more than 10 semester hours may be applied toward master's degree.
  • Required courses: PWS 694R (seminar—two semesters). Additional courses as determined by student’s advisory committee and approved by department graduate coordinator.
  • Biannual progress reviews by advisory committee and graduate committee.
  • Presentation of research prospectus to advisory committee.
  • Thesis: completion of the thesis in scientific journal format and prepared for journal submission.
  • Examination: final oral defense of thesis.
Fall Deadline:
February 1
Winter Deadline:
February 1
Spring Deadline:
February 1
Summer Deadline:
February 1
Additional Requirements:

Baccalaureate degree or equivalent

Required Tests: GRE, TOEFL or IELTS (International applicants)
Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students:
30
International:
1
Female:
11
LDS:
29
Minority:
3
BYU Undergraduate:
22
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year:
27.8
Admitted Per Year:
19.2
Percent Admitted:
69.06%
Average GPA:
3.46
Admitted Student Average Test Scores: Past Five Years
Old GRE Verbal Score:
543.23
Old GRE Quantitative Score:
620.00
GRE Verbal Percentile:
69.46
GRE Quantitative Percentile:
55.65
GRE Writing Score:
3.84
GRE Writing Percentile:
43.95
*New GRE Verbal Score:
153.50
*New GRE Quantitative Score:
156.00
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree:
2.79
Graduated Per Year:
5.4
*New GRE Revised General Test with a two year average of scores. When applicable.

Contact Information

Phone: (801) 422-9389
Fax: (801) 422-0008
Address: 4112 LSB
Email: pws-grad-secretary@byu.edu
Website: http://pws.byu.edu/home/

Disclaimer

The university makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this catalog, but reserves the right to make changes at any time without prior notice.
 
Since change is a part of university life, curriculum and program changes will likely occur during the time the current Graduate Catalog is in circulation.

Honor Code

The university expects that all students, regardless of religion, will maintain the behavioral standards of the school, including the Honor Code. These include high standards of honesty, integrity, chastity, morality, and dress and grooming, in addition to abstinence from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse. The Honor Code Statement is found here.