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, application process, and information on assistantships/fellowships are listed below:

The M.F. is a non-thesis degree designed for professionals. Minimum residency requirement is two semesters. Candidates must prepare a paper for which credit will be earned towards completion of the degree. For additional information on degree requirements, see the VT Graduate School’s Graduate Policies and Procedures.


The M.S. is a research-based degree designed to prepare students for additional graduate study or a career in science. Candidates must prepare a thesis for which credit will be earned towards completion of the degree. For additional information on degree requirements, see the VT Graduate School’s Graduate Policies and Procedures.

The Ph.D. is a research-based degree designed as a terminal degree to prepare students for a career in teaching and/or research. Candidates must prepare a dissertation for which credit will be earned towards completion of the degree. For additional information on degree requirements, see the VT Graduate School’s Graduate Policies and Procedures.

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.