At the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, you will graduate employment-ready with the skills to advance the discipline of fisheries and aquatic sciences. You will learn to develop and implement novel research that addresses relevant questions and issues in a selected discipline, communicate science effectively to peers and to the public, integrate knowledge across disciplines, and gain leadership skills by mentoring, advising, and instructing junior colleagues.

Learn more about both of our degree options.

Graduate Degrees in Aquatic and Fishery Science

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Master of Science (MS) Degree

The Master of Science (MS) degree, often precursory to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, typically requires the student to complete a research-based thesis. Course requirements are flexible to support the educational and career goals of the student. Students interested in an MS degree should contact individual faculty members to request information on current research and graduate opportunities. Students completing an MS degree may petition to pursue a PhD degree without reapplying.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program requires preparation of a research proposal, the passage of a qualifying examination and general examination, completion of the dissertation research, and presentation of the research at a final examination. A minimum of two years of residence at the UW is also required. Students interested in a PhD degree should contact individual faculty members to request information on current research and graduate opportunities.

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