The Ph.D. degree program in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is intended to educate students for upper-level management, research and administrative positions with state and federal agencies, and private companies. Academic career opportunities also exist for Ph.D. graduates in all the Departmental disciplines, preparing students for the responsibilities of teaching, research, and service, required for faculty positions with universities and colleges. By building on the educational foundation that students obtain from B.S. and M.S. degree work, we endeavor to raise them to a higher intellectual plateau. While coursework is involved, this educational experience is primarily based on research and mentoring. This degree requires original thought and research contributions, synthesis and development of information, and contributions to the world and its natural resources. Student Learning Outcomes
* Be knowledgeable regarding biological systems at a level appropriate to a Ph.D. degree holder.
* Be able to effectively express themselves orally and in written form.
* Understand the scientific method of solving problems.
* Be computer and statistically capable.
* Be specialized in some area of wildlife or fisheries, but still be broadly based in knowledge.
* Be able to conduct scholarly research.
* Understand the relationships between biological information and socioeconomic factors.
* Demonstrate professional development, especially in regard to the need for continued learning after their degree program.
* Develop a concern and feeling for the natural resources of the world.
CertificationCertification is available through the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.
Course Delivery FormatThe Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences graduate program is primarily an on-campus program. However, field research may require extended time periods away from campus.
Students must be proficient in departmental offerings, statistical methods, and computer application. Courses and experience are also required in college-level teaching and graduate and Ph.D. seminars.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Admission to all degree programs requires that a faculty member from the department agrees to serve as the major advisor.
Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.
South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:
* Dedicated faculty and staff
* Quality new facilities
* Excellent student leadership
* Shared governance
* Partnerships with local community
* Robust and Integrated assessment program
* Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics