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Master’s in Wildlife Ecology and Management

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is March 11. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Explore a career that equips you

to manage ecosystems and safeguard wildlife.


Visualize gaining unparalleled ecological expertise, delving into the intricate dynamics of wildlife populations and habitats. With our MPS in Wildlife Ecology and Management, you’re not just studying wildlife; you’re actively contributing to their conservation, making a lasting difference in the natural world.

You’ll graduate ready to navigate the complexities of wildlife ecology, balancing the needs of diverse species with the demands of human communities and ecosystems. This approach ensures you’re not just a scholar but a problem solver, ready to address the evolving challenges in wildlife ecology and management.

Master technological applications in wildlife research, from GPS tracking to remote sensing. Acquire cutting-edge skills that make you a valuable asset in the field, contributing to the advancement of wildlife monitoring and conservation practices.

Enroll now and actively shape a career where every green skill learned propels you into a thriving job market.

Program Overview


The MPS in Wildlife Ecology and Management provides students with an advanced understanding of ecological concepts pertaining to wildlife management. Students study the latest scientific advances in wildlife ecology, conservation biology, landscape ecology, and research methodologies.

Through interactive coursework, students develop skills in spatial and quantitative analysis, conflict-resolution and decision-making, communication, and how to effectively engage with diverse audiences interested in wildlife conservation and management. The program prepares graduates to take on leadership roles in state and federal government agencies, conservation organizations, and research institutes to sustainably manage wildlife and their habitats, both locally and globally.

Prerequisites:  Interested applicants in the Master’s in Wildlife Ecology and Management degree program must have completed 3 or more credits in Statistics, as well as 3 or more credits in either Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or Natural Resource Management.

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Career Outlook

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17k

Wildlife Biologist jobs in the U.S., 2021.

$65k

Wildlife Biologist pay, 2021.

2k

Projected job openings per year for Wildlife Biologist through 2031.


*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity Environmental University cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.


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Experiential and Immersive Coursework

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Wildlife Ecology and Management

As the human population continues to grow, that growth has a direct impact on wildlife. Students act as members of a policy advisory or conservation affairs committee for a chapter of The Wildlife Society. The chapter has been approached by the state wildlife agency to provide recommendations as well as land management entities on how to respond to the chosen emerging wildlife management issue.

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Conservation Ecology

Conservation challenges often arise and taking a transdisciplinary approach to solving those challenges is key. Students will play the role of a state biologist evaluating the status and habitat of a local threatened species under consideration for the endangered species listing process. Students will be required to investigate the biology, habitat requirements, and current viability of their target species, as well as the quality of the local habitat.

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GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Solutions

Technology plays a large role in society, and it can also be used to solve real-world environmental problems. Students will analyze change over time of a terrestrial location, using Landsat imagery, Digital Elevation Models (DEM), and high-resolution aerial imagery among other GIS tools. Using data analysis and indice calculations to complete their final project, students gain practical, career-oriented, GIS skills.


Degree Requirements and Courses

The Master’s in Wildlife Ecology and Management degree requires 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For a more comprehensive look into the program, download our program sheet or view our full course catalog. Then apply online for free to get started.

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Program Features


+ Career FocusUnity ranks in the top 15% of colleges for social mobility according to CollegeNET. Demand for employees with green skills is growing daily, and the sustainability core in every master’s program at Unity means that you’ll graduate with an environmental consciousness applicable to every career path.

+ Earn While You LearnOur asynchronous model is designed to provide flexibility, allowing you to balance your studies with professional and personal commitments.

+ World Renowned FacultyLearn from faculty who are working in their field, bringing their professional network and real-world insights into the virtual classroom, fostering valuable connections for your future career.

+ Applied LearningYou’ll be required to engage your local community and environment while completing your master’s degree, giving you practical, hands-on experience while allowing you to translate theoretical knowledge into real-world solutions. 

+ Personalized SupportYou can rely on one-on-one professional advising, career support from your first day, unlimited mental health counseling, and more.


Experts in the Field

At Unity Environmental University, our faculty is composed of a wide range of environmental science experts who in addition to teaching, conduct their own research and various fieldwork.

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Brent Bibles

Professor of Wildlife Biology

Launch into the world of wildlife with Dr. Brent Bibles—a respected expert with a passion for wildlife management since the ’80s! Armed with a Ph.D. and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, he’s not just an ornithologist but a dynamic force in all taxa.

Beyond academia, Dr. Bibles has collaborated with state wildlife and federal land agencies, working hands-on with endangered species like Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets. As an exceptional teacher, he crafts courses fueled by questions, offering a unique blend of management experience, quantitative prowess, and a student-focused approach.

Ready to explore the wild side of academia? Join Dr. Bibles on a journey where education meets the untamed wilderness!

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Welcome to Distance Education, where fully online immersive learning takes you off the beaten path. Our affordable, accessible, and flexible curriculum is taught by the world's leading experts in their field and delivered to you...where YOU are.
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Welcome to Hybrid Learning where you can train for a meaningful environmental career while enjoying ultimate flexibility! Choose the combination of in-person and online courses that fits your life and goals. With 8 terms available per year with 5-week terms, we offer the best of online and hands-on education.
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Welcome to the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions! Join us for in-person, job-focused, environmental associate degrees at our commuter campus in New Gloucester, Maine. The Technical Institute offers flexible, innovative, and affordable preparation for Maine’s high-demand jobs with two-week terms, low per-credit pricing, and state-of-the-art HyFlex classrooms.

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