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What will I learn?

Specialized areas of study include the following.

  • Eco-hydrology
  • Forest biometrics
  • Forest business and finance
  • Forest ecology
  • Forest eco-physiology
  • Forest genetics
  • Forest harvesting and operations
  • Forest hydrology and soils
  • Forest management and economics
  • Forest recreation
  • Forest restoration
  • Silvi-culture
  • Spatial technologies in natural resource management
  • Urban and community forestry
  • Wildlife and other natural resource economics

The forestry major is a science-based program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and consists of five concentrations; Environmental Conservation, Forest Management, Forest Products, Urban Forestry, and Wildlife Management Concentration. All concentrations are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The Forest Products concentration is also accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST).

By combining a general education with specialized professional courses, the curriculum is designed to produce graduates who have skills in interpersonal communications, written and oral communications, and cultural understanding. Graduates of the major are qualified to become a Registered Forester in Mississippi after successfully completing an examination for this purpose with the Board of Registration for Foresters (BORF) in Mississippi. Graduates are also qualified to become Society of American Forester Certified Foresters by successfully completing an exam.

Which department am I in?

College of Forest Resources

Study options

Full Time (54 hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,900.00 per year
USD $12,450 per Semester
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Mississippi State University

Starkville Campus, 25 Old Main,

101 Montgomery Hall,



39762, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must request an official transcript from the bachelor’s degree institution and from each college or university attended following the bachelor’s degree.

For international students

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and an M.S. degree in a related field (or approval for exceptions to the Master’s requirement);
  • a GPA of 3.10 or higher on prior graduate courses or 3.25 or higher for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study (for exceptions to the Master’s requirement);
  • a TOEFL score of 550 PBT (79 iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 or higher for regular admission of international students or a TOEFL score between 477 and 549 (or IELTS equivalent) for conditional admission

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


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