Graduate Programs

Graduate study is offered in the Department of Forestry leading to the degrees of Master of Science in forestry and Doctor of Philosophy in forest resources. Specialized areas of study include forest business, forest management and economics, forest genetics, forest hydrology and soils, silviculture, forest biometrics, forest photogrammetry and remote sensing, forest tree and seed physiology, forest harvesting and operations, and forest ecophysiology. The department has an extensive research program within the Mississippi Forest and Wildlife Research Center. This program provides the graduate student with a wide choice of problems for thesis or dissertation research supervised by an experienced faculty. Visit the MSU Online Graduate Catalog for course descriptions and more information.

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Master's of Science Distance Learning

Advance confidently into an online Master of Science in Forestry Degree from Mississippi State University. Possibilities abound just around the corner. MSU encourages you to take the road less traveled. Pursue your goals with this 30 hour advanced degree in forestry highlighting forest management, natural resource policy and law, and forest economics. Realize the power of combining career and education. Your potential is endless. Visit the website.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded competitively throughout the department in a wide range of disciplines. Typically, a ½-time assistantship for a Master of Science student provides a minimum annual stipend of $15,000, carries a full tuition waiver, and includes reimbursement of medical insurance costs. The stipend for Doctoral students is generally higher than for students in the Master's program. Assistantships may require a mixture of research and teaching duties. Contact the Department of Forestry for more information by writing to:

Dr. Don Grebner
Head, Department of Forestry
Mississippi State University
Box 9681 Mississippi State, MS 39762
or by email at