College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Forest & Natural Resource Sciences - Graduate

24

credit hours

thesis option masters

30

credit hours

non-thesis masters

14

full-time faculty

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Forest and Natural Resource Sciences encompasses a wide variety of social and natural science disciplines while addressing issues that range from molecular to landscape and societal levels. This broad scope creates a stimulating atmosphere for graduate education and research, leading to innovative approaches in the sustainable management of forest and other natural resources.

Graduate study can be conducted in a variety of disciplines and interdisciplinary topic areas including plant physiology, genetics, forest management, forest soils, economics, invasive species, natural resource policy, wood utilization, wildlife biology and management, conservation biology, forest ecology, silviculture, hydrology, natural resource policy, restoration ecology (including mine reclamation), and watershed management.

Student doing on-site research
Working as a forester on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests has been an amazing experience. I have been actively mitigating spruce beetle damage in subalpine stands for sustainable timber products, fuel reduction, and regenerating a healthy new age class. The skills and education that I received in the undergraduate and graduate forestry programs at the University of Kentucky have granted me the opportunity to refine and expand my love for our nation’s forests.

Rachel L.

Master's (MS) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
    • This should describe one’s academic and professional goals and interests. Applicant must indicate in personal statement: (a) which faculty member s/he wishes to have as the major professor, and (b) whether or not s/he is applying for an assistantship.
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
Application Deadlines

​Spring: December 9, unless applying for for an assistantship; if applying for assistantship, contact DGS

Summer: April 11, unless applying for for an assistantship; if applying for assistantship, contact DGS

Fall: July 19, unless applying for for an assistantship; if applying for assistantship, contact DGS

Doctoral (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements

  • CV
    •  In addition to standard information found on a CV, the applicant should place emphasis on research interests, publications, presentations and funding obtained.
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample (optional)
  • GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation
Application Deadlines

​Spring: December 9 (domestic), August 15 (international)

Fall: July 19 (domestic), March 15 (international)