The MS and PhD are research-based degree programs that include course work, the completion of a thesis or dissertation, a preliminary exam (PhD) and a final or oral defense (MS, PhD).
The Master of Forest Resources (MFR) degree is a terminal, professional forestry degree for those interested in professional practice of forestry; it includes course work, the completion of a project, and a final oral exam.
Research (MS, PhD) and project (MFR) areas include forest management, economics, mensuration, GIS, forest certification and policy, soils, forest ecology, silviculture, and fire ecology.
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
Master of Forest Resources Management
MFR graduate students are expected to complete 36 credits, with at least half at the 700-level or above. Two one credit seminars and a professional paper or project is required that usually earns three credits. The seminars and paper count towards the upper-level graduate credit requirement.
Master of Science, Forest Resources
The thesis MS requires a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate coursework and six semester hours of thesis research.
Doctor of Philosophy
For the FR PhD degree, 60 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s degree or 30 credit hours beyond the Master’s degree are required.
A language requirement or a minor is left to the discretion of the advisory committee.
A preliminary research plan is prepared early in the program by the student’s advisory committee.
Excellent GIS, computer, chemical analysis, and biotechnology facilities are available to graduate students in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. The 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest surrounds the campus and offers opportunities for field research. In addition, students may work with faculty members who are located at the Belle W. Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, South Carolina. At the Baruch Institute, opportunities exist for research at the Hobcaw Barony, a 17,000-acre undisturbed ecological reserve of forests, high-salinity marsh estuaries and brackish and freshwater marshes. Research opportunities for graduate students are enhanced by cooperative programs with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station, USGS Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Units at Clemson, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Waddell Mariculture Center, and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement Eastern Wildlife Program.
Assistantships: MS and PhD programs require assistantship funding provided by the advisor. A limited amount of teaching assistantship support is available for MS, PhD, and MFR students after acceptance into the program. Most teaching assistantships are for partial support, except for a very few GIS assistantships based on experience.