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The online program will allow non-traditional students to get a master’s in wildlife and fisheries biology.

Clemson, SC—Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Foresty and Life Sciences will offer an online Master’s Degree program in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology beginning fall semester 2017. The online program will allow students with experience in the natural resources field to enhance their professional degree skills.

The program is entirely online and all lectures can be accessed according to student workload and hours. Students can complete this degree in as little as two years if they enroll in two courses a semester.

“We developed this online delivery option to meet demand from students in state and federal agencies, consultants, and teachers who wish to further their education in wildlife and fisheries biology. The goal is to improve access for nontraditional professional students,” said Althea Hotaling Hagan, adjunct professor in Clemson’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation.

To be considered for admission into the program applicants must have:

  • A suitable undergraduate education (you do not need an undergraduate degree in wildlife and fisheries biology to be considered for admission);
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • A resume;
  • Suitable GRE scores;
  • A satisfactory TOEFL score (550 from paper exam or 213 from online exam, or 80 from the internet exam, or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test) is required for international students whose native language is not English.

Enrollees are required to complete 30 credit hours of course work  and a cumulative project in order to graduate.  At least 12 hours must be at the 8000 level and three to six hours must be of non-thesis study. Students must also take a minimum two credits of graduate seminar. Classes include everything from Wetland Wildlife Biology to Fish Diversity and Evolution.

The full curriculum can be found here.  $570 per credit hour.

For more information visit or contact Althea Hotaling Hagan, program coordinator, at or 864-656-3302