What will I learn?

Learning Goals that students in this program are expected to meet include:

• Synthesize the scholarly literature in the area of study

• Articulate research objectives and form testable hypotheses to address knowledge gaps in their field

• Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative research using appropriate methods

• Clearly communicate research findings orally and in writing for both scientific and lay audiences

• Describe and apply ethical and professional standards to their scholarly work

Major Requirements

Complete all Graduate College and NREM Departmental requirements.

Statistics 401 (or equivalent) is required.

Demonstration of competence in an area of specialization is defined by completion of two additional forestry courses at the 500 or 600 levels.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,644.00 per year

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

Start date

16 May 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

138 Curtiss Hall,

513 Farm House Ln.,



50011, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Preparation for an advanced degree in Forestry should include work equivalent to a B.S. in biological or environmental science, including courses in biology, botany, environmental science, ecology, hydrology, economics, and wood science.

A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 79
TOEFL Paper (PBT): 550
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 53
Duo Lingo English Test: 105

Application Deadlines: Rolling

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


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