The College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU) enjoys a century-long reputation as a leader in forestry research, teaching, and extended education. Currently the College has about 190 graduate students, including approximately 35 international students from all over the world. The College offers graduate degrees in four distinct areas, administered by three separate departments. About 75 faculty members teach at the graduate level, and the College employs more than 300 faculty, staff, and support personnel. In addition, we manage about 14,000 acres of College Forests, most of it within minutes of campus.
College of Forestry Graduate Programs
The Forest Ecosystems and Society graduate program combines a strong social science faculty with a strong biological and ecological science faculty and so provides an unusual opportunity to focus on the interface of social science and ecology. The FES graduate program provides specific disciplinary opportunities in both ecological and social sciences in the natural resource setting but also strives to develop interdisciplinary skills and knowledge.
The Sustainable Forest Management graduate program emphasizes the conservation of forest-dominated landscapes to meet a defined set of ecological, economic and social criteria over long time frames. The program follows the sustainable principles outlined by the Montreal Process Criteria and Indicators. These principles have been adopted by the state of Oregon.
The Wood Science and Engineering graduate program offers degrees that are closely integrated with faculty research programs and allow students to tailor their program around a wood science foundation. All programs are highly interdisciplinary and many students also pursue dual graduate degrees in science and engineering disciplines such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, or forest science.
The MNR degree is an interdisciplinary degree program taught entirely online through Oregon State University Extended Campus. It is a professional degree offered as a non-thesis option only, similar to the Master of Business Administration, Master of Agriculture, or Master of Forestry. To learn more about this online degree program vist its Ecampus website.
College of Forestry Degrees
The Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees develop specialized knowledge and research skills usually through a research-oriented thesis. MS programs take about two years and PhD programs takes three or more years to complete.
The Master of Forestry (MF) degree, intended for professional forestry specialists and natural resource administrators, provides advanced technical professional education. Students complete a technical project rather than a thesis.
The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree, is an interdisciplinary degree program taught entirely online through Oregon State University Extended Campus. It is a professional degree offered as a non-thesis option only, similar to the Master of Business Administration, Master of Agriculture, or Master of Forestry. To learn more about this online degree program vist its Ecampus website.