Fisheries Biology


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • • Synthesize the scholarly literature in the area of study
  • • Articulate research objectives and form testable hypotheses to address knowledge gaps in their field
  • • Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative research using appropriate methods
  • • Clearly communicate research findings orally and in writing for both scientific and lay audiences
  • • Describe and apply ethical and professional standards to their scholarly work
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 4.7 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 2.6 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Sandi Schroeder
Phone: 515-294-1739
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Natural Resource Ecology and Management
    339 Science II
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-3221

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • If you wish to pursue a degree in Fisheries Biology, you should begin by first visiting the Natural Resources Ecology and Management (NREM) web page ( to identify faculty who share your interests. In NREM we do not accept students who haven't first obtained sponsorship from a faculty member. Applicants should contact relevant faculty directly to inquire about graduate positions. Only applications from individuals that are nominated by a faculty member will be considered for admission.
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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