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M.S. Forestry

Master Programs

To earn the Master of Science degree, all NREM graduate students must complete three sets of requirements:

  • Iowa State University Graduate College requirements
  • NREM Department requirements
  • Graduate major requirements

A non-thesis Mater's degree is available for students desiring a degree program that consists of a creative component rather than a thesis. Refer to the NREM Graduate Student Handbook for more details.

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Admissions Requirements

B.S. Degree: Biological Sciences, ecology or other related area

Minimum B.S. GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

GRE: None

GMAT: None

TOEFL: See graduate college requirements (International Students Only)

Academic Records / Transcripts: Yes

Letters of Recommendation: Three (3)

Completed Coursework: coursework equivalent to a B.S. in biological sciences, including courses in biology, botany, environmental science, ecology, hydrology, economics, and wood science.

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M.S. Degree Requirements

M.S. with thesis: 30 credits total  |  15 credits of coursework  |  10 credits of research

M.S. without thesis: 33 credits total  |  30 credits of coursework  |  3 credits creative component

Coursework includes:

  • STAT 587 (Statistical Methods for Research) or equivalent
  • Competence in an area of specialization, demonstrated by the completion of two additional forestry courses at the 500 or 600 levels



There's the possibility of students receiving an assistantship (teaching or research) to help cover the costs of their program. Master Degree students with an assistantship can expect to receive:

  • A stipend starting at approximately $2,000
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Half (1/2) of tuition remission

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