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Forest Business

Forest Business Concentration

The forest products industry has a growing need for graduates well-versed in traditional forestry and concurrently having strong business, timber procurement, communication, and analytical skills. Gain the knowledge and leadership skills you’ll need to succeed in this industry.

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Scholarship Information

  • Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.
  • Freshmen-only scholarships: Priority date for application is December 1.
  • All other students: Scholarship application close date is March 1.
  • New freshmen and transfer students who need information should contact Cory Bailey. All other students should contact Lanna Miller, Office of Student Services at 662.325.9376.

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Download the Curriculum Courses & descriptions

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Accredited Status

The Forest Business concentration in the Forestry major leading to the bachelor of science degree is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). In the United States, programmatic accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that assures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Academic programs volunteer to undergo this comprehensive review periodically to determine if certain criteria are being met. Accreditation is not a ranking system. It is simply assurance that a degree program meets quality standards established by the profession.


Cooperative Education - Through its Cooperative Education program, Mississippi State University encourages students to receive practical on-the-job training along with their academic studies. Typically, students in this program accumulate one year of work experience in their chosen fields before graduation by alternating between studying at Mississippi State for a semester and working with a cooperating organization for a semester.

Students must complete two semesters of study and earn a minimum 2.5 grade-point average before entering the cooperative education program, and they must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. Generally, students begin work during the summer following their freshman year and work alternate semesters thereafter.

Thrive in Five

With MSU's Thrive in Five accelerated degree program, scholars can earn their bachelor's and master's degrees concurrently in only five years. And by completing the required course load in less than the typical six years, they'll enter the workforce and start earning sooner. Undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 hours of coursework and have at least a 3.25 GPA may begin the process of earning their bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace today.

Living-Learning/Theme Community

The College of Forest Resources Themed Community for natural resource majors is housed in Cresswell Hall. The community will give you an opportunity to attend the same classes, establish study groups, and network and live with like-minded students. As a new student, joining this community also provides a valuable opportunity to ease the transition to college and to build relationships with other students within the natural resource field. You must be enrolled in the College of Forest Resources to participate in this program.

Potential Careers

Building Supply Store Manager
Community Assistance Forester
Consulting Forester
Director of Forest Information Systems
Director of Forest Operations
Director of Technology
District Forester
Financial Analyst
Forest Information Systems Analyst
Forest Land Manager
Landowner Assistance Forester
Marketing and Sales Representative
Procurement Forester
Production Forester
Resource Analyst
Resource Economist
Resource Information Manager
Senior Marketing Manager
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