To ensure forests for our future, our global society needs to find the optimal balance between maintaining forest ecosystems and the demand for forest products. As this challenge becomes more complex, professionals trained in the principles of forest ecology, soil science, and silviculture as well as in political science, sociology, and the humanities, will be in great demand in the next ten to twenty years and beyond. The Forestry Department at Michigan State University offers master of science and doctoral degree programs that can provide you with the additional knowledge, skills, and resources to meet this challenge effectively. Career opportunities in research, management, teaching, extension, or consulting are available with private corporations, environmental organizations, universities, environmental consultants, and governmental agencies.

Graduate Programs

Two tracks are available for graduate study: research-intensive or professional. They are designed for individuals pursuing a wide range of careers in academia, management, public agencies, non-government organizations, or the private sector. Students also have the option to obtain a Graduate Certificate in: Spatial Ecology or Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management.

National Needs Fellowship

Michigan State University National Needs Fellowship Program for Interdisciplinary Forest Resources promotes conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of natural, managed, and urban forests in a world of increasing human populations and a rapidly changing climate.

  • We seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, who are committed to developing skills and expertise in multiple disciplines in order to address emerging challenges in environmental science and natural resource management.
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