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PhD Wildlife Ecology

PhD Programs

To earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree, all NREM graduate students must complete three sets of requirements:

  • Iowa State University Graduate College requirements
  • NREM Department requirements
  • Graduate major requirements

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NREM Graduate Student Handbook     Graduate College Handbook


Admissions Requirements

M.S. Degree: Biological Sciences, ecology or other related area

Minimum M.S. GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

GRE: None

GMAT: None

TOEFL: See graduate college requirements (International Students Only)

Academic Records / Transcripts: Yes

Letters of Recommendation: Three (3)

Completed Coursework: coursework equivalent to an M.S. in biological sciences

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PhD Degree Requirements

72 credits total  |  36 credits of coursework  |  30 credits of research

Coursework includes:

  • In addition to the requirements for a MS Degree, PhD students should complete another 3 credit hours in courses offered by the NREM department
  • Graduate students are strongly encouraged to develop competency in plant ecology. Federal employment as a wildlife biologist and professional certification by The Wildlife Society both require 9 credit hours in plant sciences at either the undergraduate or graduate level. We also strongly encourage students to take at least 1 course in the area of natural resource policy, administration, or human dimensions.



There's the possibility of students receiving an assistantship (teaching or research) to help cover the costs of their program. Doctorate Degree students with an assistantship can expect to receive:

  • A stipend starting at approximately $2,000
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Full tuition remission

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Interdepartmental Graduate Majors

Students may also select interdepartmental graduate majors in 


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Aquatic Systems   Conservation   Human Interactions   Sustainability   Wildlife

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