Fish and Wildlife Management

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Fish and Wildlife Management focuses on ecological functions, habitat restoration, and the survivability and management of fish and wildlife populations. You will study environmental policies, regulations, and laws, while looking at real-world examples of various management approaches for restoring or improving populations of rare, threatened, or endangered species. This online graduate program emphasizes the importance of establishing science-based policy to direct and inform management decision making. Skills obtained through this certificate can be applied to careers in local and national park management, fish hatcheries, wetlands, or conservation agencies.

This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of fish and wildlife management without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Environmental economics
  • Human impact on fish and wildlife populations
  • Environmental policies, regulations, and laws
  • Fisheries management principles and theories
  • Management of wildlife resources
  • Restoration ecology science, techniques, and design principles
  • Conservation biology

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Describe the fundamental concepts and principles of the management of fish and wildlife resources.
  • Assess the impact of human activities on the survival and management of fish and wildlife populations.
  • Analyze the regulations, policies, and politics that influence the management of fish and wildlife in the U.S.
  • Analyze the complex and dynamic interactions between fish and wildlife resources and their environment.
  • Assess the political, regulatory, and economic barriers that prevent the preservation and restoration of species and populations.
  • Analyze the role of collaboration and partnerships in meeting critical fish and wildlife resource needs, such as species restoration, threatened and endangered species management, and landscape level conservation, both on the national and global scale.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.