Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Graduate Study

The Department of Forestry offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in forestry, and plant breeding,  genetics and biotechnology—forestry. The department also offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in forestry—environmental toxicology and a Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Spatial Ecology.

Students in the Master of Science degree program in forestry are eligible for the dual Juris Doctor (JD)  program with Michigan State University - College of Law.

Students who are enrolled in Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in the Department of Forestry may elect specializations in resource economics. For additional information, refer to the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations in Resource Economics.

 


Forestry - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree may be earned either in a professional program in forest management or administration or in a forestry specialty program.

The professional program in forest management or administration is viewed as an extension of general forestry, and, therefore, requires a bachelor's degree with a major in forestry as a prerequisite or a collateral program of study in undergraduate forestry courses. There is, however, considerable flexibility in the program to meet individual student needs and objectives.

A forestry specialty program, on the other hand, is as readily open to nonforesters as to foresters. It includes some forestry courses but draws mainly from other departments in the university to provide courses appropriate to forestry specialties: forest biometrics, tree physiology, forest soils, forest recreation, forest management, forest business management, forest economics, forest influences, forest ecology, forest genetics, forest entomology, forest hydrology, and wood science and technology.

Qualified students with undergraduate degrees in forestry can usually complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree in forestry in one year. The student must meet the requirements of the University and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The student must also complete additional requirements for the program as specified by the student's academic advisor. The student may elect either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under Plan A or Plan B.

 


Forestry - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program with a major in forestry is open to nonforesters as well as foresters. Forestry specialties are studied in depth.

Qualified students with undergraduate degrees in forestry can usually complete the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in forestry in six semesters. The student must meet the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The student must also complete additional requirements for the program as specified by the student's academic advisor.

Program requirements are highly variable, depending on the student's background of study and experience. In all cases, the student must complete an acceptable dissertation incorporating the results of original research.

 


Forestry - Environmental Toxicology

Doctor of Philosophy

For information about the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in forestry—environmental toxicology, refer to the statement on Doctoral Program in Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

 


Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology - Forestry

The Department of Forestry offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology–forestry. Students meet the requirements for admission and the requirements for the degree as specified in the statement on Interdepartmental Graduate Programs in Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology.

Additional information about graduate study may be obtained by writing to the Department of Forestry.

 

 


Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management provides students with interdisciplinary training necessary to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate climate change mitigation projects that seek to retain or sequester carbon in forest ecosystems. Students will gain specific expertise needed internationally to participate in market-based, climate change mitigation activities such as the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). The graduate certificate is available online only.

Admission

To be considered for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental sciences, or a related field. For additional information, refer to the Admission section in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management

 
               
Students must complete all of the following courses (9 credits):
FOR 833 Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management 3
FOR 835 Forest Carbon Policy, Economics and Finance 3
FOR 837 Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon 3

Spatial Ecology - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Spatial Ecology provides interdisciplinary training necessary to develop inference about ecological phenomena using appropriate spatial theory, statistics, modeling approaches, and data management tools. Students gain the necessary skills to address tomorrow’s complex ecological challenges.

The graduate certificate is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in master’s or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Spatial Ecology

                       
1.     The following course (4 credits):  
      GEO 866 Spatial Data 4
2.     One of the following courses (3 credits):  
      FOR 870 Spatial Ecology 3
      FW 840 Landscape Ecology 3
3.     One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):  
      CSS 921 Geostatistics 3
      FOR 867 Hierarchical Modeling and Computing for Spatio-temporal Environmental Data 3
      FOR 870 Spatial Ecology 3
      FW 840 Landscape Ecology 3
      GEO 865 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography 4
      GEO 869 Geosimulation 3
      Forestry 870 and Fisheries and Wildlife 840 may not be used to fulfill this requirement if used to fulfill requirement 2. above.