Graduate Students Johanna Arrendondo and Fletcher Meadema measuring the Appalachian Trail under Dr Jeff Marion research.

Graduate Students Johanna Arrendondo and Fletcher Meadema measuring the Appalachian Trail under Dr Jeff Marion research.
Graduate Students Johanna Arrendondo and Fletcher Meadema measuring the Appalachian Trail under Dr Jeff Marion research.

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech is one of the top programs in the science and management of natural resources in the United States. Graduate training in our department
offers a unique opportunity to explore diverse natural resource issues from multiple disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. From the foundational science that underpins our understanding of the world, to its
application for multiple management objectives, we seek to discover new knowledge and technology to address societal challenges from local to global scales.

Prospective graduates are encouraged to identify and contact faculty members in their area of interest prior to applying.  Please visit our Faculty Research Page for more information.

Graduate Degrees in Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

The M.F. degree is a non-thesis degree designed for professionals. Minimum residency requirement is two semesters. Candidates must prepare a degree paper for which 3 to 6 credits will be earned towards the 30 credit hours required for the degree.

The M.S. degree is a research-based degree that requires completion of a thesis and is designed to prepare students for specialized employment that requires disciplinary expertise or additional graduate study. Candidates must prepare a thesis for which 6 to 10 credits will be earned towards the 30 credits hours required for the degree.

The Ph.D. degree is a research-based degree that requires completion of a dissertation and is designed as a terminal degree to prepare students for specialized employment primarily in teaching and/or research. Candidates must prepare a dissertation for which X to X credits will be earned towards the 90 credits hours required for the degree.

Graduate applicants to the Ph.D. program have additional opportunities for graduate education through the  Geospatial and Environmental Analysis (GEA) program or additional Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs
(IGEP)
across campus.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, in order for candidates to receive priority consideration for financial support, submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are encouraged, and
applications must be received by the following dates:

  • January 15 for Fall admission
  • October 15 for Spring admission

Students must apply online, through the Virginia Tech Graduate School. Students must indicate which faculty most closely align with their research and education goals in the online application form.   

Our department offers competitive stipends for graduate students pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees. All graduate assistantships include academic-year tuition and enhanced benefits (e.g., health insurance).

Exceptional applicants may be nominated for department- or university-level fellowships or awards including the Robert S. Burruss Fellowship, the William J. Dann Fellowship, and the Cunningham Fellowship, which come with additional support.