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, articulate and implement novel research that addresses relevant questions or issues in a selected discipline; communicate science effectively to peers and integrate knowledge across disciplines; and gain leadership skills by mentoring, advising, and instructing junior colleagues.

View our core research areas on our Faculty and Research page.

Graduate Degrees in Aquatic and Fishery Science

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Master of Science (MS) Degree

The Master of Science (MS) degree is a learned degree, often precursory to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Typically, the student is required 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 Ph.D. degree without reapplying.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 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 Ph.D. degree should contact individual faculty members to request information on current research and graduate opportunities.

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