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This study determined specialisation preferences and perceived motivational factors in ecotourism and wildlife management programme among students in the Department of Ecotourism and Wildlife Management, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. A sample of 156 students was randomly drawn from 261 students in the Department. Data were collected with questionnaire while analysis was through independent t-test, ANOVA and Pearson's correlation. Results show that 74.4% of the students preferred ecotourism management while 25.6% preferred wildlife management. Furthermore, observed mean values of the perceived motivational factors (self-actualisation=4.20, job opportunity=4.08, field attractiveness=3.88, ease of study=3.55, and scholastic achievement=3.93) were lower than reported in previous studies. It is recommended that the departmental curriculum should enhance opportunities for study exchange programme with institutions offering similar programmes overseas and also field practical exposure in all areas of the programme that could bolster students' job opportunities after graduation.
Keywords: Specialisation, preferences, perceived, motivation, programme