Students seeking admission for the degree of Master of Science in Forestry (M.S.F.) should have completed an undergraduate curriculum in forestry. A student whose undergraduate degree is in a field other than forestry will ordinarily be required to take supplemental undergraduate courses. Candidates for the degree may pursue an emphasis in forest resources management or wood science and technology. Within their selected area of emphasis, candidates may focus their studies on forest biometry, forest ecology, forest economics, forest business, forest management, forest hydrology, silviculture, wood science and technology, forest operations, wood composites, wood marketing, bio-energy, or bio-fuels
The candidate must complete 30 hours of approved study, six hours of which shall constitute a thesis. The master of science in forestry has a non-thesis option. For this option, the candidate must complete thirty-six hours of approved study, eight hours of which shall consist of an applied problem as approved by the candidate's graduate committee. The program ordinarily requires two years of residence.
Admission to the Master’s program leading to the M.S.F. degree requires:
- a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) during the last two years of undergraduate studies,
- an earned bachelor’s degree,
- completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
- three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate the student’s potential for masters studies and independent research,
- a typed composition of at least 600 words indicating the student’s purpose and objective in undertaking graduate studies as related to major issues in that area,
- a faculty member in the student’s major area of study willing to serve as major professor and favorable approval by the professors in the area of interest,
- a minimum TOEFL score of 550 as required by the University (for international non-English native language students only).