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What will I learn?

The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials is one of the leading academic programs in North America. We support a large graduate education program where students are engaged in research. Due to the nature of sustainable biomaterials, we have considerable interaction in our graduate education and research endeavors with other departments, colleges, centers and institutes on the Virginia Tech campus. Our faculty expertise is diverse and experienced in support of our graduate education mission.

We provide educational and research opportunities in the areas of sustainable biomaterials, spanning the range from nanotechnology and the basic science of wood and other renewable materials, through processing, manufacturing, marketing, management, and competitiveness aspects of the various biomaterials industries. Some of our research is done in concert with our faculty-directed research centers and is supported by these Centers and their external cooperators.

General areas of degree specialization within our graduate program include: Forest Products Marketing, Non-Timber Forest Products, Packaging Science, Pallet and Container Design, Wood Engineering, Wood Performance in Structures, Composites, Adhesion, Wood Formation, Cell Wall Architecture, Bio-Materials, Lumber Drying and Processing, Lean Manufacturing, Wood Industry Management, Packaging for Modern Supply Chains, Packaging and Unit Load Design.

The M.S. is a research-based degree. Students work closely with a faculty advisor and graduate committee on original research. Advanced coursework is expected in the areas of expertise required to complete the research project. Students complete a thesis and are expected to publish their research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals at the completion of their degree. Graduates are prepared to continue their professional careers or undertake further study through a Ph.D. program.

All Graduate School requirements apply regarding the number of credit hours and level of courses required on a student's Plan of Study. M.S. students must complete a research working plan by the end of the second academic semester. Guidelines for the preparation and submission of the working plan are listed in the College of Natural Resources & Environment (CNRE) graduate program procedures.

M.S. students must pass a final exam. The examination will be a defense of the thesis and an assessment of the student's understanding of appropriate related subjects.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Resources and Environment

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$14,207.50 (10,56,600) per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 January 2022, 1 May 2022

Start date

23 August 2021, 18 January 2022, 23 May 2022, 6 July 2022


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum GPA: 3.2.

For international students

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receipt of a four year (or 3 year degree recognized by the Bologna process) bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and the presentation of evidence of potential to pursue graduate work.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL iBT 80.0

Paper 550.0

Computer 213.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Aug 01; Spring: Jan 01; Summer I: May 01; Summer II: Jun 01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About Virginia Tech

The institution offers over 110 undergraduate degree programs on a sprawling campus with over 200 buildings across 2,600 acres of land.

  • Ranked 46th for university research in the United States
  • Makes innovative contributions in learning and discovery
  • 14:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus