Programs of Study and Degrees

Graduate programs are offered in the areas of:

Forestry
Fisheries
Wildlife Science
Wood Science and Forest Products
Geography
Geospatial and Environmental Analysis
Natural Resources

Of course, these are very broad areas and students usually specialize in a specific topic within the broad field.

Here is a list of projects completed by graduate students in these broad areas.

Please keep in mind that these are examples of the topics our students are addressing. The link does not contain a complete list of the topics you might study as a student in the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources.

The best way to determine what specific areas of study are available is to look at the list of faculty members from each department. Each member of the faculty has a specific expertise or area of research. If you find one that matches your interest, chances are that you can earn a graduate degree while working on this topic. Don’t worry if you are not certain of what you want to study. Many students enter into broad topic area (e.g., forestry, fisheries, geography) and specialize later.

The College of Natural Resources offers programs leading to the Master for Science (MS), Master of Forestry (MF), Master of Natural Resources (MNR), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The following table shows the degrees available in the six broad areas of study within the College.

 
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Forestry (MF)
Master of Natural Resources (MNR)
Fisheries Science (including aquaculture)
X
X
   
Wildlife Science
X
X
   
Forestry
X
X
X
 
Geospatial and Environmental Analysis
X
     
Geography
X
X
   
Wood Science and Forest Products
X
X
X
 
Natural Resources      
X