Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation - PhD

Literature Analysis and Synthesis in Plant or Wildlife Ecolo

Synthesize literature and apply the scientific method to the design and writing of a research proposal.

Knowledge of Coursework

Demonstrate proficiency and competency with regards to coursework taken towards PhD.

Effective Communication and Research

Communicate effectively both orally and in writing through presentation of the ecological and management context, research approach, and world of inference.  

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/wildland 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 dissertation format. This research is expected to be of a publication quality and dissertation 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: minimum 54 credit hours, including 18 hours of dissertation (PWS 799R).
  • Students who have earned a master’s degree must complete at least 36 credit hours of additional graduate work at BYU beyond the master’s degree.
  • Required courses: PWS 694R (seminar—four semesters). Additional courses as determined by student’s advisory committee and approved by department graduate coordinator.
  • Two consecutive six-hour semesters on BYU campus to fulfill the doctoral residency requirement.
  • Biannual progress reviews by advisory committee and graduate committee.
  • Presentation of research prospectus to advisory committee.
  • Dissertation: completion of the dissertation in scientific journal format and prepared for journal submission.
  • Examination: (A) comprehensive oral and written examination; (B) oral defense of dissertation.
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
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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/


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.