Identify a source of funding (grant funding, assistantship, self-funding etc)
The Department of Forestry has several departmental and college-level research assistantships that cover tuition, stipend, and health insurance. These assistantships are generally allocated to Forestry faculty who then determine which students will receive assistantships. Faculty may also have assistantship funding available from research grants and other sources. Therefore, students should first contact faculty to determine if there is funding available and the research being conducted. Graduate students should identify a faculty member with funding before submitting the MSU application. Students are also welcome to contact faculty with corresponding research interests to inquire about funding opportunities. Students may also check the CFR job board for assistantship opportunities.
Have a 4-year degree from an accredited institution. For international students, TOEFL (PBT) >=550, TOEFL (iBT) >=79 or IELTS >=6.5.
Lower scores may be considered for conditional admittance (See handbook for details and exceptions).
M.S. Additional Requirements
GPA >= 3.0 for the last two years of Bachelor degree coursework (see handbook for more details)
Ph.D. Additional Requirements
GPA >= 3.1 in previous graduate coursework or 3.25 in Bachelors degree coursework without MS degree
MS degree (or equivalent) recommended.
Apply to the MSU Graduate School once previous requirements have been met.
- Complete all application forms for the MSU Graduate School
- Provide certified transcripts or official academic records of all college studies
- Provide three letters of recommendation to the MSU Graduate School
- Provide a statement of purpose supporting your intentions to enter the graduate program
- Provide documented evidence of financial support if not supported by Departmental assistantship (international students only)