Graduate Studies in Forestry & Natural Resources
The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) at Purdue University is nationally recognized for superior graduate instruction and is internationally renowned for excellence in research and engagement. We offer graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Science, Master of Science in Forestry, and Doctor of Philosophy in fisheries and aquatic sciences
, forest measurement and assessment/GIS
, forest biology
, natural resource social science, wildlife science,
and Sustainable Biomaterials
. Students from diverse academic backgrounds have the opportunity to work with outstanding faculty members and our FNR industry partners which includes: USDA Forest Service, EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, Indiana Department of Natural Resources along with The Wildlife Society, The American Chestnut Foundation, American Fisheries Society, Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association and the Hardwood Tree Improvement Regeneration Center (HTIRC).
Ranked as one of the nation’s elite graduate programs in ecology and evolutionary biology, the Forestry and Natural Resources graduate program continues a long source of pride. With award winning faculty for their research and teaching Forestry and Natural Resources exudes excellence at the highest level. Dr. Douglass Jacobs, holds the Fred M. van Eck chair of Forest Biology along with Dr. Jeff Dukes, Dr. Andrew DeWoody and Dr. Bryan Pijanowski currently receiving the Purdue University Faculty Scholar which recognizes those professors who exemplify academic distinction. FNR is housed in three buildings, Pfendler Hall, Forest Products and Forestry which provides outstanding facilities to learn, make new discoveries and disseminate knowledge in the natural resource sciences.
Stipend support for graduate studies in the department comes from a variety of sources, including: competitive departmental or university assistantships and fellowships, graduate training grants, National Science Foundation (NSF) or other externally funded fellowship programs and research grants. Since funding is provided for all graduate students admitted to the Forestry and Natural Resources graduate program, only top candidates are accepted. The following minimum requirements must be met in order to be considered a prospective student:
- GPA 3.2 or equivalent
- GRE 50th percentile or better on Verbal and Quantitative, Analytical Writing 4.0
- Statement of Purpose
- 3 Letters of recommendation
- 1 Set of Official Transcripts