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Raptor Biology


Access to The Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area, Idaho Bird Observatory, and Boise State’s very own Raptor Research Center provide unique opportunities for research.

Science Building
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1515

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Ian Robertson
(208) 426-3208



The Master of Science in Raptor Biology, offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, is designed for students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of raptor biology and ecology. The MS in Raptor Biology is a reasearch-based degree that requires students to complete and defend a thesis based on original research. Applicants are encouraged to correspond with faculty concerning openings and potential research opportunities in their laboratories for graduate students.

Degree Programs

Master of Science in Raptor Biology M.S.

Application Deadlines

Fall Application: January 15
Spring Application: October 1


Teaching Assistantships that include a stipend, a tuition and fee wavier, and student health insurance may be available on a competitive basis. Additional support for master’s research projects may be available from faculty members in the form of research assistantships. Other forms of financial aid are also available to graduate students. Prospective students should contact the Financial Aid Office or consult the Boise State University Graduate College.

Admission Requirements

  1. Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
  2. A baccalaureate degree in biology or a closely related field from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office. Applicants should have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.00 on a 4-point system.
  3. A cover letter discussing your professional goals, research interests, and reasons for wishing to study raptor biology at Boise State University.
  4. Official GRE scores. Results should average in the 50th or higher percentile in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.