Graduate Degrees

As human populations increase, the need for proactive conservation of species and ecosystems that are vital to our health and well-being increases as well. We seek to balance quality of life and the sustainability of key natural resources such as forests, wildlife, and water; however, conflicts often occur and must be resolved dispassionately using the best scientific information available. Come join us as we address these conflicts. This is your opportunity to conduct research aimed at finding solutions to some of the most critical issues facing society.

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Forestry –  MS, PhD

Forestry graduate study leads to Master of Science (MS), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.   In addition to meeting Graduate School admission requirements, applicants are evaluated and recommended for admission by the graduate faculty of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences based on an examination of their scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), TOEFL tests for international students, their previous academic record, experience, and recommendations. While exceptions may be made, the faculty generally expect a minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous academic course work and minimum scores both verbal and quantitative in the 50 percentile range for the GRE.  Course deficiencies are identified by the student’s advisory committee and approved by the GPO with due consideration for the student’s previous training and experience.

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Research Areas: Forest Biology and Ecology Forest Management and Economics Wood Products

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I was able to participate in the Southeast Society of American Foresters conference where I received first place for my poster presentation. I was deeply grateful to win. It added more to my self-motivation and encouraged me to make a positive impact on the forests of southern US with my research.

 

Pratima Devkota

Forestry Doctoral Student

Master of Natural Resources (MNR) – Non Thesis Degree

Two MNR options are available: Natural Resource Management and Professional Forester

Natural Resource Management is available for individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are interested in the natural resources arena. This degree can be completed in 3-4 semesters depending upon coursework selected and requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate courses.

Professional Forester option for individuals with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than forestry and who are interested in becoming Registered Foresters in Alabama. This option is a two-year program which begins with a 10 week summer Field Practicum and requires a minimum of 64 semester hours (34 hours of specified undergraduate course work plus 30 hours of graduate course work).

Requirements for the MNR degree include 30 semester hours at the 6000 – 8999 level.

The MNR Professional Forester degree program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). SAF is the accrediting body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting agency for forestry education in the United States. Graduation from such SAF-accredited programs is required of all applicants for Registered Forester status in Alabama and several other states.

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Natural Resources – MS

A research proposal and thesis based on original research are major components of the MS degree. In addition to meeting Graduate School admission requirements, MSNR applicants will be evaluated and recommended for admission by the graduate faculty of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences based on an examination of their scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), TOEFL tests for international students, their previous academic record, experience, and recommendations. While exceptions may be made, the faculty generally expects a minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous academic course work and minimum scores both verbal and quantitative in the 50 percentile range for the GRE. Course deficiencies are identified by the student’s advisory committee and approved by the GPO with due consideration for the student’s previous training and experience.

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My major advisor, Dr. Morse has been a huge component of my success as a graduate student. He is readily available when I need assistance and continually offers guidance and advice. He has provided me with numerous opportunities to present my research at conferences across the United States. We will even travel to Italy this October to attend an international conference! His enthusiasm and interest in my research project is contagious, and I greatly appreciate his dedication and support. My graduate experience at Auburn would not have been the same without Dr. Morse!

Sarah Lessard

Natural Resources Master's Student

Wildlife Sciences – MS, PhD

Wildlife Sciences graduate programs are available for both MS and PhD degrees. Admission requirements parallel those for Forestry graduate programs. In addition to meeting Graduate School admission requirements, applicants are evaluated and recommended for admission by the graduate faculty of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences based on an examination of their scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), TOEFL tests for international students, their previous academic record, experience, and recommendations. While the following are not absolutes, the faculty generally expect a minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous academic course work and minimum scores for both verbal and quantitative in the 50 percentile range for the GRE.

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Research Areas: Wildlife Ecology and Management

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Before I attended a conference in Kenya, I had a very national view of my research. At this conference I was able to have conversations with researchers and professionals from all over the globe, which gave me a greater appreciation of the broader applicability of my work and that of others. It demonstrated for me that increased international dialogue can lead to quicker results and more tangible progress with regards to natural resource issues.

Jennifer Price Tack

Wildlife Sciences Master's Student

Applied Economics – PhD

PhD in Applied Economics is administered jointly by the Department of Economics, the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, and the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Forestry students in this program will take core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics,and econometrics in the Department of Economics and pass written preliminary exams given there.  An additional oral examination is required in the SFWS for admission to candidacy.  The minimum number of hours in this doctoral program is 60 semester hours earned through instruction beyond the bachelor’s degree, including 1) a minimum of 30 semester hours graded (e.g. A, B) graduate course work (7000-level and above); and 2) a minimum of 30 semester hours of additional graduate course work (6000-level and above) that may include ungraded courses, 7990 and 8990 and must include at least 10 hours of 8990.  As with all other PhD students in the SFWS, students are required to take Research Methods (FORY 7510) and Seminar (FOWS 7950). Dissertation work under this degree program generally involves in-depth economic analysis of a forestry/natural resources/environment issue or problem.

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