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M.S. Primate Behaviour

Course Description

The graduate program in Primate Behavior at Central Washington University provides the only opportunity for students to earn an MS degree in Primatology in the United States. The program focuses on interdisciplinary, problem-oriented, broad-spectrum knowledge relating to primates, with a particular focus on conservation issues. Students entering the program will be exposed to coursework and practical experience in the areas of anthropology, biology and psychology and will have opportunities to conduct sanctuary, zoo, and/or field research under the guidance of faculty mentors. The program serves students who will enter the work force for employment in sanctuaries, zoos, field research, conservation agencies, or teaching, or who will continue on to Ph.D. programs.

Factors contributing to the unique nature of this program include:

- Central's Primate Behavior faculty are interdisciplinary, representing Anthropology, Psychology, Biology, Philosophy, Resource Management, and Primatology.

- Central has cultivated relationships with agencies that facilitate student research. The Tibetan macaques living in Huangshan, China have been studied for 20+ years and are habituated to human observers. Students have conducted research and/or worked as interns at the Woodland Park Zoo since 1999. Students can develop their own research site in consultation with program faculty.

- Although the program focuses on primatology, many theories and methodologies used by primatologists are more broadly applicable (e.g., evolutionary theory, comparative psychology). Students will be made aware of these interdisciplinary connections throughout the core curriculum and have opportunities to study species in addition to nonhuman primates.

- Students will leave the Master’s program with practical experiences in field techniques, behavioral data collection, research design, the use of cutting-edge software and hardware, and statistical analyses that will be vital in their careers or in their acquisition of a Ph.D. degree.

- The program focuses on humane, non-invasive behavioral research with nonhuman primates and emphasizes ethics in primatology and the importance of biodiversity.

Visit the M.S. Primate Behaviour page on the Central Washington University website for more details!

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Olabode Makinde

4563.jpg “CWU is located in an ideal location, its right in the middle of WA and within driving distance of any city in WA which makes it easier to take vacations. CWU has small classes with less than 30 students in each class, this encourages a close student-instructor relationship which has been very helpful to me especially during my freshman year when I was trying to get used to the way of life here. CWU offers amazing tuition prices and waivers for international students to enable them to concentrate on school and not have to worry about their financials all the time. The international community here at CWU is very supportive of international students and the advisors are always looking out for the students by exploring new ways to improve the services they already offer.”

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David Uribe

4564.jpg “The things that I must enjoy from the Master in Geological Sciences is the high quality faculty and their connection with faculty from other universities around the world. The fact of being a small student group make the faculty pay you more attention, being one of their main priorities.”


International Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

CWU's international student scholarship is based on current tuition rates. It is renewable each year at CWU as student maintains scholarship eligibility, including high overall grades.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to $9200 per academic year


This scholarship is merit-based and award amounts vary depending on incoming overall grade. This scholarship is automatically awarded to qualified international graduate students.

Application Procedure

No separate application required

Further Information


Entry Requirements

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