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Next Application Deadlines:

  • April 15, 2015 for Fall 2015 admission to Environmental Assessment.
  • September 30, 2015 for Spring 2016 admission to Forestry & Environmental Resources, Natural Resources, and Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology programs.
  • October 15, 2015 for Spring 2016 admission to Environmental Assessment.
  • January 31, 2016 for Fall 2016 admission to Forestry & Environmental Resources, Natural Resources, and Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology programs.

The Department of Forestry & Natural Resources (FER) offers seven Masters and two PhD degree tracks in specific areas of Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Assessment or Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Some programs require a formal thesis; others accept a professional project and presentation in lieu of a thesis.

Graduate Curriculum

All FER graduate level courses can be found on NCSU’s Registration and Records website. Graduate courses are designated as 500-level or higher. It is common for students pursuing graduate degrees within FER to follow a study program that includes courses in other areas, particularly Botany, Genetics, Soil Science, Statistics and Zoology.

Because many entering graduate students do not have a forestry or natural resources background, FER also offers a series of mini-courses that provide overviews on relevant subject areas. Most mini-courses are taught over a period of five weeks and all earn one credit hour. Applicants with no forestry background who are interested in traditional forestry careers should read about prerequisites here.


Faculty available to graduate students includes experts on a wide variety of topics related to forestry and environmental resources, including leading researchers and teachers in such areas as the bio sciences, economics, forest nutrition, forest policy and management, hardwoods, hydrology, international forestry and global natural resources, landscape ecology, policy, physiology/ vegetative propagation, restoration ecology, silviculture, spatial sciences, tree improvement, wetlands/restoration ecology, wildlife biology and woodlots. For a complete list of department faculty members and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology faculty members, please visit the Faculty & Staff Directory.

The Graduate School

All graduate students at NC State automatically belong to the University’s Graduate School and are subject to its requirements. This organization is a valuable resource, as it provides comprehensive information on graduate studies at NC State, including links to admission and other forms, graduation requirements and more.

Degree Programs

Click the categories below for details about our graduate degree programs

Natural Resources
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Environmental Assessment
Geospatial Information Science and Technology