Graduate Degree

Students come to do graduate work in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM) from a variety of backgrounds, though most have undergraduate degrees in forestry, natural resources, engineering, or a related field.  Our Sustainable Forest Management graduate program may include coursework in other departments of the University.  Thesis research typically draws on the strengths of these related departments with their faculty serving on the graduate committees of our students.  Click "more" for further information on the programs as well as NEW funding opportunities!

Sustainable Forest Management Advising Guide (PDF)



Sustainable Forest Management
Areas of Concentration (AoC) develop, communicate, and teach the science and engineering necessary for sustainable management of forest, land, and water resources to achieve economic, environmental, and social objectives.

Forest Operations Planning and Management Forest Policy Analysis and Economics Forest Biometrics and Geomatics
Planning, organizing, and executing forest plans; enhancing supply chain efficiency and improving international competitiveness. more Analyzing tradeoffs in the forest and resource policy decision process; public land use policy; interpretations of regulations; markets for forest products; forest certification; theoretical and applied research related to ecosystem services. more Modeling tree and stand development; forest data sampling and monitoring methods; forest measurements and assessments; mapping and data management technologies. more
John Sessions, PhD, PE
Silviculture, Fire, and Forest Health Forest Soil and Watershed Processes Engineering for Sustainable Forestry
Manipulating vegetation to achieve management objectives, from restoration to intensive timber production; fire ecology and fire management; forest ecosystem health. more Understanding watershed conditions and processes in forested ecosystems and the effects of management activities; evaluating and improving soil and water quality and related practices and policies for forest operations. more Designing forest operations to achieve sustainable forest management objectives; ecological restoration operations; road design and construction. more
Kevin Bladon, PhD, PAg, HIT
Michael Olsen (CCE), PhD 
John Sessions, PhD, PE
Michael Wing, PhD, PE, PLS


Application Process


The first step in the application process is to find an academic supervisor, or major professor, for your graduate program.  You should look through the information in each of the six SFM graduate program Areas of Concentration (above) and contact professors that have similar research interests to your own.  Our program does not admit students without an agreement from a major professor.

The second step is to apply to Oregon State University.  Please visit the Graduate School web page for further information.
Priority for Departmental and College Fellowship consideration will be given to applications completed
by December 31st of the preceding year.

Please refer to our FAQs page for more information.