Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School

Forest Resources

General Information

Degrees Offered


The MS and PhD are research-based degree programs that include course work, the completion of a thesis or dissertation, a preliminary exam (PhD) and a final or oral defense (MS, PhD).

The Master of Forest Resources (MFR) degree is a terminal, professional forestry degree for those interested in professional practice of forestry; it includes course work, the completion of a project, and a final oral exam.

Research (MS, PhD) and project (MFR) areas include forest management, economics, mensuration, GIS, forest certification and policy, soils, forest ecology, silviculture, and fire ecology.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Baldwin)

Application Requirements

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Robert Baldwin)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

Assistantships:  MS and PhD programs require assistantship funding provided by the advisor. A limited amount of teaching assistantship support is available for MS, PhD, and MFR students after acceptance into the program. Most teaching assistantships are for partial support, except for a very few GIS assistantships based on experience.

Course of Study

Program of Study

MS Graduate Students complete 24-credit hours and six hours of thesis research. MFR graduate students complete 36 credits. PhD students must complete 18 credits of diessertation research and 16 credits of course work beyond the Master’s level. Students are not admitted into the PhD program without completing a Master’s degree first.

Length of Program:  The MS degree typically takes two calendar years to complete, while three to five years are required for the PhD. For MFR students with a BS in forestry, the degree takes about one year. Without a forestry BS, students must complete all BS-level forestry courses in addition to the Master’s level course work, extending the program to two years.

Current Program


Excellent GIS, computer, chemical analysis, and biotechnology facilities are available to graduate students in the School of Agricultural, Forest, and Environmental Science. The 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest surrounds the campus and offers opportunities for field research. In addition, students may work with faculty members who are located at the Belle W. Braruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science in Georgetown, South Carolina. At the Baruch Institute, opportunites exist for research at the Hobcaw Barony, a 17,000-acre undisturbed ecological reserve of forests, high-salinity marsh estuaries and brackish and freshwater marshes. Research opportunities for graduate students are enhanced by cooperative programs with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station, USGS Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Units at Clemson, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Waddell Mariculture Center, and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement Eastern Wildlife Program.

Program Coordinator

Additional Contact

  • Tammy Morton
  • 171 Poole Agricultural Center
  • Phone: (864) 656.4964
  • Email:

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