About this course
The department offers three degrees: Master of Forestry (M.F.), Master of Science (M.S.) in Forestry and Forest Products, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Forestry and Forest Products. The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees require students to prepare a thesis or dissertation, and considerable time spent working for these degrees is devoted to research. The M.F. degree is a professional, non-research degree for those who wish to expand their post-baccalaureate education.
The M.F. is a non-research degree intended to serve the needs of (1) those who have a prior forestry degree and who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills or (2) those who have no previous degree in forestry.
In addition to formal course work at the graduate and senior undergraduate levels that is commensurate with the objectives of the student's degree program, a substantive paper worth three to six hours of academic credit is required. A minimum of 30 credit hours in formal course work, inclusive of hours credited towards the degree paper, must be passed with a minimum QCA of 3.0 for courses in the program of study.
Students entering the M.F. program without prior forestry education must demonstrate competency in appropriate topics such as forest biology, dendrology, or forest ecology in addition to completing the usual M.F. requirements. At the discretion of their graduate committees, these students must either take undergraduate forestry courses to meet these competency requirements or demonstrate knowledge through alternate means such as experience or prior coursework.
The M.F. student must pass a comprehensive oral examination covering his/her course work and the degree paper. All Graduate School requirements apply as to the nature and timing of the candidate's final examination.
- The GRE exam is required for all applicants. The results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for applicants who did not receive their bachelor's degrees from an Anglophone university and whose first language is not English. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based test) , 213 (computer based test), or 80 for Internet.
- Three letters of recommendation are required. We strongly encourage applicants to have online recommendations completed. You will be asked to provide names and email addresses for each of your references in your online application. If applicants choose to have paper letters of recommendation submitted, the letters should be sent to the attention of Becky Michael in the Dairy Science Department.
- It is expected that applicants should be near completion of a B.S. or M.S. degree in animal or dairy science, biology, microbiology, biochemistry, related biological fields, agricultural economics, or agricultural finance. Students should have a 3.0 GPA or greater and strong scientific writing and communication skills.