Important Information for Graduate Applicants

  1. GETTING STARTED – The most important thing to do is communicate with faculty members that you would like to work with.  No one is admitted to our graduate programs without a willing advisor.  So look over the webpages/research interest of potential faculty advisors, read some of their recent papers, and contact those you may be interested in having as your advisor.
  2. GRE SCORES – GRE scores are required for admission to our MS and PhD programs. These scores must be sent directly from the GRE Scoring Office to MSU. Use institution code – 1465 and department code – 0108
  3. TOEFL.  English language proficiency must be demonstrated for applicants from non English speaking countries. For the TOEFL, MSU requires that applicants have an average of 80 or higher. Furthermore, individual Speaking, Listening, and Reading subscores must be 19 or higher, and the Writing subscore must be 22 or higher.  TOEFL scores must be sent directly from the TOEFL Scoring Office to MSU. Use institution code – 1465 and department code – 99.
  4. TRANSCRIPTS – MSU will only accept ‘Official Transcripts’ this means they must come directly from the university in a sealed and stamped envelope.  Some universities have the ability to electronically submit transcripts this is also acceptable.  Transcripts should be sent directly to:

    Michigan State University
    Department of Forestry
    Attn: Graduate Secretary
    480 Wilson Rd., Rm. 126
    Natural Resources Building
    East Lansing, MI  48824

    You can upload your transcript on the MSU Graduate Admissions Management System (GAMS) but your application will not be considered complete until the ‘official transcript’ has been received.

    All transcripts must be degree-granting transcripts.  This means if you are in your last semester and have the transcript sent it will not show the final grades for that semester, therefore it indicates that your degree has not been completed. Before starting your program at MSU we must receive the ‘degree granting’ transcript indicating that you have passed all required course work and completed your degree.
  5. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION – The recommendation letters can be uploaded on the MSU Graduate Admissions Management System (GAMS) website or sent directly to:

 

Michigan State University
Department of Forestry
Attn: Graduate Secretary
480 Wilson Rd., Rm. 126
Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI  48824