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Graduate applicants must adhere to both the university and program-specific requirements. Please contact the Graduate Programs Manager, or your program's graduate coordinator if you have any questions.

Application Requirements

CoF Application Requirements

Terms of Application and Deadlines

Applicants to College of Forestry graduate programs may apply for admission to any term (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer).  Applicants are encouraged to apply early or by published deadlines.  The deadline is the date by which all documentation must be submitted.  For the published deadlines of your program of interest, see program tabs above.

 

Identify Potential Mentor(s) Before Applying

Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain the support of a Forestry faculty member willing to serve as their major professor prior to applying.  Contact faculty who appear to have interests similar to your own.   You will want to share your educational and career objectives as well as your qualifications for graduate study (transcripts, test scores, research experience, etc.) with the faculty you contact.  Start early!  Securing a major professor can be a very lengthy process.

You may apply to CoF programs without securing a major professor. Professors seeking new graduate students will be able to review all applications to the program. Please note, however, that you are much less likely to be admitted if you apply without a sponsoring faculty advisor.

 

Online Application

Applicants are required to submit the OSU online application and a non-refundable application processing fee of $60.  Two business days after initial application submission, applicants may upload additional required application materials into the online application.

 

Academic Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit academic records from each institution attended.  Records must show graded course work for all academic work attempted or completed, and may be uploaded into the online application. Uploaded transcripts are considered unofficial but will be used for evaluation purposes.

  • Please provide the front and back of each record if information is included on both sides. Grade slips and/or web-printouts are not acceptable.
  • If the institution is outside the United States, both an original language version and certified English translation of all academic records and degree statements are required.  Please include certificates/diplomas for all degrees earned.

If admitted, applicants will be required to submit OFFICIAL documentation of all academic work attempted or completed prior to registration for courses. This includes all official transcripts/academic records, degree statements, test scores, etc.  A list of required documents will be included on the formal letter of admission from the Graduate School.

 


Statement of Objectives/Interests  

CoF programs require applicants to submit a statement of objectives/interests.  This is generally a letter stating your objectives for graduate study and particular area of interest/emphasis.  Be as specific as possible.  Admissions Committees and faculty reviewers rely heavily on your letter to determine your level of interest in departmental research programs, your preparedness for graduate study, and the appropriate faculty for your program.  The FES, SFM, and WSE program each have additional statement requirements.  Please refer to the tabs above for more information.



Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of reference are required by all CoF graduate programs.   References should be from instructors in courses related to your major, forestry employers, or others who can critically evaluate your potential as a graduate student.  An applicant with a master's degree should include a letter from his/her major professor.  Applicants are encouraged to give thoughtful attention to their choice of referees.  Reference letters should be uploaded via the Graduate School’s online reference management tool. 

 


Required Exams

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE general aptitude test is required of all applicants to CoF graduate programs.  The ETS institution code for OSU is 004586. No department/major code is required.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

All international applicants and applicants who did not receive a degree in the U.S. (or other English speaking country) must meet the Graduate School’s English language proficiency requirements for admission.  The ETS institution code for OSU is 004586. No department/major code is required.

International Applicants

See more information on other requirements for international applicants on the OSU Graduate School’s International Applicant Admission page.  It is particularly important that international applicants check OSU's specific requirements based on the country in which a prior degree was completed.

University Requirements

Along with the above general college requirements and the program specific requirements (see program tabs above), All applicants must also meet minimum University Graduate Admission Requirements.


Forest Ecosystems & Society (FES) Requirements

  • A resume or CV

Your CV or resume should include experience pertinent to your goals as a graduate student and your eventual career. This may include work experience, volunteer experience, publications, or awards.

  • Statement of Objectives

This statement is the same as the Statement of Objectives required for your OSU application. This statement should be a well-written essay/letter of interest that addresses your goals as a graduate student in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at OSU, how these goals fit into your long-term goals, and how your experiences to date have prepared you for graduate school. Please note, this essay is critical in the acceptance process as it introduces you to our department and helps us determine whether you would be a good fit in our graduate program. Please take the time to craft it carefully!

  • Completion of Personal Background Application Prompts:
  • A short paragraph describing personal characteristics that suit you to graduate school
  • A description of the research experience you’ve had, your responsibilities in that research and the skills and knowledge you gained from that experience
  • A description of any paid or volunteer work experiences relevant to success in graduate school.  Describe your responsibilities, the skills or knowledge you gained through the experiences and how they contribute to your preparation for graduate school
  • A description of the research areas that interest you and any ideas for specific research that you have formulated
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

FES requests that your references discuss critical thinking skills within their letter. If you have a master's degree, your major professor should be one of your references.

  • GRE general aptitude test scores (less than 5 years old)
  • English Language Proficiency test scores (if applicable)

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores same as university requirement.

For additional information on FES application requirements see:
http://fes.forestry.oregonstate.edu/graduate-programs/how-apply


FES Program Deadlines

  • January 15 for Fall Term*
  • September 15 for Winter Term
  • December 15 for Spring Term
  • March 15 for Summer Term

* FALL TERM APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: The FES Graduate Program imposes an application deadline for the Fall Term that is earlier than those set by the University. If your application is complete by this date it will receive full consideration by the Scholastic Committee; however, if it arrives later than January 15th it will be considered as time allows.

For full fellowship consideration FES applicants must be admitted by January 5.

Questions about the FES application requirements?  Contact the FES Graduate Coordinator.

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Requirements

  • Statement of Interests

Please submit a letter stating your objectives for graduate study and particular area of interest/concentration.  Be as specific as possible.  Admissions Committees and faculty reviewers rely heavily on your letter to determine your level of interest in departmental research programs, your preparedness for graduate study, and the appropriate faculty for your program.

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE general aptitude test scores
  • English Language Proficiency test scores (if applicable)

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores same as university requirement.


SFM Program Deadlines

All materials must be received by stated university deadlines.

For full fellowship consideration applications must be submitted and completed by December 31.

Questions about the SFM application requirements?  Contact the SFM Graduate Coordinator.

Wood Science and Engineering (WSE) Requirements

  • Statement of Objectives
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE general aptitude test scores
  • English Language Proficiency test scores (if applicable)

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores:

  • TOEFL iBT: 93
  • TOEFL Paper: 575
  • IELTS: 7.00

For more information on WSE application requirements see:
http://woodscience.oregonstate.edu/prospective-graduate/admission-requirements


WSE Program Deadlines

All materials must be received by stated university deadlines.

For full fellowship consideration applications must be submitted and completed by December 17.

Questions about the WSE application requirements?  Contact the WSE Graduate Coordinator.