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.
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
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.