Forestry PCMI Frequently Asked Questions

For questions generally about the OSU PCMI Program, please visit the OSU Grad School PCMI FAQ Page

1. Anything I can do to work toward an MI program? 

Ultimately, you should give yourself at least six months between the time you apply to the OSU Grad School and the time you'd like to start. More typically, prospective grad students apply by early January for a September (fall-term) start. (Note that we have rolling tuition and one can start any time during the year as long as the major professor is fine with it.)

In a nutshell, some things you can do that will move you down the road toward an MI program here are:

  • Take the GRE-- all our College of Forestry graduate programs require a GRE score as part of the application process. (See Q2 for more information.)
  • Peruse this website and the College of Forestry departmental websites and determine if there is a specific faculty member in our College who you might like to work with-- who shares a common interest with you. Let me know and I can help to put you in contact with these folks, and/or you can communicate with them directly.
  • Contact said faculty member(s). If you can form a relationship with potential major professors before you apply, you'll have these people watching for your application once it arrives to our College departmental offices.

2. What kind of GRE score do I need to be a competitive applicant?

There is no GRE or GPA score formula that determines conclusively whether an applicant will be accepted into a Forestry degree program.  An applicant's suitability is determined by reviewing all of their combined qualifications.  These include the applicant's CV, statement of purpose, pertinent work experience, educational or research experience, recommendations, and yes, their GRE and GPA.  A low GPA might be compensated with very strong recommendations.  A low quantitative GRE score might be compensated by proving experience and capability conducting quantitative research.  Similarly, a high GPA or GRE scores might be negated by weak recommendations or a lack of relevant experience.

 If you are concerned that your GRE scores or GPA may weaken your candidacy, demonstrate your compensating qualifications through other parts of your application.

3. The [College Departmental website] says to inquire about financial deadlines. Would you happen to know that date?

To be considered for the most funding opportunities possible, you’ll need to be accepted by a program before January 5th.  Once an application is completed, it takes an average of 4-6 weeks for the department to conduct the full review process.

Please keep in mind that there are lots of funding opportunities still available after the January 5th deadline.  You can find more information on the funding available and the deadlines on departmental webpages that describe funding graduate school (e.g.  http://fes.forestry.oregonstate.edu/paying-your-graduate-education-department-forest-ecosystems-and-society (One note about that page – for the Graduate School funding, our department usually must select a limited number of applicants from the pool to send to the Graduate School for consideration.  This process takes four weeks, so for any funding deadlines you see on the Graduate School webpage, please subtract four weeks.)

If you have any questions about funding, applying, or anything else, please contact the departmental graduate program coordinator.  Contact information can be found here: http://www.forestry.oregonstate.edu/academic-programs/graduate-studies/contact-us.

4. What additional documents does a graduate program application usually include?

 In order for your application to be reviewed, you will need to submit:

  • Official GRE scores
  • Official transcripts (please note that OSU cannot accept electronic transcripts!)
  • A statement of objectives (submitted as part of the Graduate School’s web application)
  • Three references (submitted by the referrers via the Graduate School’s online reference system)
  • Your CV or Resume.

5. How long has there been an OSU College of Forestry MI Program? The College of Forestry’s program began in 2009. It received good press coverage February of 2009: