Degree Requirements

Master's students select the program of study in consultation with their advisor and committee. Course work requirements specific to SFRES are:

FW 5800—Master's Graduate Seminar (1 credit)
FW 5810—Research Methods in Natural Resources (2 credits)*
One upper division statistics class from the list of suggested courses*

* Not required for Peace Corps and Masters of Forestry students

 

Approval of equivalent courses can be given by the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science graduate program director in consultation with the student's advisory committee. The advisory committee may specify certain courses in which a student must achieve a grade of B or better.

Plan Options

All three plan options listed below are offered in Master's of Science degrees. The Master of Forestry degree offers Plans B and C only.

Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The thesis must be prepared following the current procedures.  

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

The Degree schedule form (M4) must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a final thesis to the Graduate School prior to completing their degrees.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The report must be prepared following the current procedures.

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

  • Schedule their examination using the Pre-defense form
  • Distribute the report to the examining committee

The Degree schedule form (M4) must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a single paper copy of the corrected and approved report in a sturdy binder including an original signature page to the Graduate School.

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project.

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

Coursework Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through coursework. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree.

Distribution of coursework credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits
 

Michigan Tech Graduate School Requirements

Students must meet the program specific requirements set by their graduate program as well as the minimum degree requirements set by the Graduate School. Visit these links for Graduate School degree requirements.

Timeline to Degree—Track dates for submitting forms to the Graduate School with your advisor, so that you are both in agreement on your plans.