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Graduate Studies in Forestry & Natural Resou​rces

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, genetics, 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 include: USDA Forest Service, EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, The Wildlife Society, The American Chestnut Foundation, American Fisheries Society, Indiana Forestry and Woodland Owners Association and the Hardwood Tree Improvement Regeneration Center (HTIRC).



Our Reputation

Ranked as one of the nation’s elite graduate programs in ecology and evolutionary biology, the Forestry and Natural Resources graduate program continues to build on its longstanding reputation. With award winning faculty for their research and teaching, Purdue FNR exudes excellence at the highest level. Dr. Douglass Jacobs, holds the Fred M. van Eck chair of Forest Biology while Dr. Jeff Dukes, Dr. Andrew DeWoody and Dr. Bryan Pijanowski have been honored with the Purdue University Faculty Scholar award 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, discover and disseminate knowledge in the natural resource sciences.

FNR Admission Requirements

Stipend support for graduate studies in the d​epartment 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
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 3 Letters of recommendation
  • 1 Set of Official Transcripts
    • ​Official GRE scores from the general GRE test*
    • Official TOEFL scores* (international applicants only)
*Send directly from ETS to Purdue University, institution code is 1631




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