Forest Resources Graduate Program

Forest resource students

A Forest Resource degree from Clemson is designed to provide students with advanced training for scientific-based management of forest resources, products, and services. Graduates from the program are working in both private and public spheres to help ensure sustainability and quality of resources including timber, water, and recreational value on natural lands.

The Forest Resources graduate degrees are housed within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. Enrollment in these programs is open to students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in forestry, forest products, or a related field.

The Program offers three degree options: Master of Forest Resources, Master’s of Science in Forest Resources, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources. The candidate may be required to satisfy undergraduate deficiencies before being admitted to full status. The Master of Forest Resources is a non-thesis degree, while a formal thesis is required for the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. More information on the graduate program can be found in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation’s Graduate Student Handbook.

The Forestry faculty have expertise in a wide variety of forest-related disciplines, including forest ecology, forest health, wood products, forest economics, and silviculture. Our faculty are dedicated to providing a quality education for students and to pioneering forestry research both locally and around the world.


Most students in our thesis-based degree programs are supported through Research Assistantships. These assistantships are made available to students at the discretion of individual faculty members. Therefore, we recommend you contact faculty whose research interests you, and inquire about the availability of such assistantships prior to submitting a formal application.  Students interested in the non-thesis program do not need to identify an advisor.

Application and admissions information, as well as other graduate-related policies can be found on the Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures page.

Applicants may apply to the Forest Resources Graduate Program through the Graduate Schooll. The following items are required as part of the application: (1) Online application, (2) Official GRE scores, (3) Official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE scores for international students, (4) Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon admission), and (5) letters of recommendation.