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Admissions

Students wishing to pursue this degree should have undergraduate or previous graduate degrees in programs that focus on biological/natural sciences or business/economics/policy. Students without undergraduate degrees in one of those two areas should have experience working in a forestry-related field.

Admission to the Master of Science in Forestry Distance Program is open to students who have earned at least a "B" average in the last 60 hours in an undergraduate major as part of a bachelor's degree earned at an accredited academic institution.


Attention International Students:

International students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score greater than 550. Detailed information regarding international applications can be found in the Graduate Catalog. Questions regarding international applications can be addressed to the Office of the Graduate School at gradapps@grad.msstate.edu.

Students who do not meet regular admission requirements may request admission with special permission granted by the Mississippi State University Department of Forestry graduate faculty.

The program is NOT designed to provide the skills for a person to become a practicing "on-the-ground" field forester who manages the forest land base. That will require the coursework in an undergraduate Forestry curriculum.


Admission Process

Students seeking full admission into the forestry program should apply as a classified student. Non-degree seeking students wishing to take classes offered through the distance forestry program should apply as an Unclassified student.


Classified Admission

The following is a guideline designed to ensure that all paperwork necessary for taking courses through the Master of Science Degree in Forestry Distance Program at Mississippi State University as a classified student are completed.

  1. Complete the application Online.
    • For Enrollment Site, please choose "Distance Education"
    • For College, please choose "College of Forest Resources"
    • Within the online application, you will write a statement of purpose and provide the names and email addresses for three individuals submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. An electronic form will be generated to each individual for completion.
    • Request Official Transcripts from each of the colleges you attended to earn your baccalaureate degree. Send to
      Mississippi State University
      Office of the Graduate School
      P.O. Box G
      Mississippi State, MS 39762
  2. Submit a $60.00 application fee or a $80 international application fee. This option is available during the application process.
  3. You will receive an email of acceptance when you are officially admitted into the university from the Office of the Graduate School.
  4. Complete the Registration process.
  5. Textbooks are typically available for ordering 2 to 3 weeks prior to classes beginning. You can order your textbooks through the Barnes & Noble @ MSU bookstore.
  6. Visit and read the Student Resources page.


Unclassified Admission

Participation in courses included in the Masters of Science in Forestry degree as an unclassified student does not guarantee admission into the program. Unclassified students may take up to nine hours in the program before they must apply as a classified student and be admitted into the program.

  1. Complete the application Online.
    • For Enrollment Site, please choose "Distance Education"
    • College: Please choose "Graduate School"
    • Major: Please select "UNC"
  2. Submit your $60.00 application fee or $80 international application fee. This option is available during the application process. Questions regarding applications and application fees can be directed to Kathy Griffin at kgriffin@grad.msstate.edu, 662.325.8095.
  3. You will receive an email of acceptance when you are officially admitted into the university from the Office of the Graduate School.
  4. Complete the Registration process.
  5. Textbooks are typically available for ordering 2 to 3 weeks prior to classes beginning. You can order your textbooks through the Barnes & Noble @ MSU bookstore.
  6. Visit and read the Student Resources page.


Transfer Credit

Up to nine hours of approved graduate coursework can be transferred in to the Master's program. Students planning to transfer credit hours from another institution should discuss options with their advisor