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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.

Applicants must submit a statement of purpose and at least three (3) letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate their undergraduate scholastic performance (or quality of administrative service), and suitability for graduate study in this program.

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

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.