OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Admission Requirements

After meeting the program's admission requirements, applicants must also meet the minimum University Graduate Admission Requirements.

 

Application and fee

The application is available at:  http://oregonstate.force.com.  The application fee is $75 for domestic applicants, $85 for international applicants, and there is a discounted application fee if you apply to more than one program at Oregon State University.

 

Copies of your transcripts (academic records) from your undergraduate courses and graduate courses, and if applicable, degree statement for both degrees

Unofficial copies of academic records can be used for initial review purposes, however, at the point of admission you will need to provide official copies of academic records.


Statement of objectives

The statement of objectives should address your reasons for pursuing graduate school, specifically a degree in Wood Science, what has prepared you for a graduate degree in Wood Science, your research interests and how they relate to the research interests of our faculty, and how a degree in Wood Science will help you achieve your future goals.


Three (3) letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for our admissions committee to review the application.  Your references can be current professors, supervisors, or managers.  These people should know you well and be familiar with your academic work, work ethic, and accomplishments.

If you are applying for the PhD program one of your recommendations must be from your major professor for the Master’s degree.

 

GRE scores

No minimum score is required, however, the graduate admissions committee uses the GRE to predict potential success as a graduate student, but this is not the only deciding factor.  The committee reviews GRE scores alongside academic records, GPA, recommendation letters, and statement of objectives.  GRE scores must not be more than five years old at the time of the applicant's first term of registration.

Our most successful applicants score above the 50th percentile in each subtest on the GRE.  For information on the test, dates, and locations:  http://www.gre.org.


Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Your resume should highlight notable accomplishments, achievements, skills, presentations, and any publications in which you are listed as an author.  You should include any research, internship, study abroad or work experience you have gained.

There is no maximum length, however, brevity is key.  For College of Forestry scholarship consideration you will need to provide a one page resume.

 

TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

TOEFL:  The department requires 93 on the iBT TOEFL test, with all sub scores on the iBT being at least a score of 18 or above. These score requirements are higher than those required by the OSU Graduate School:  http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/admissions/international#english-language

In special cases, provisional admission may be possible for applicants with scores below the Department's minimum standards but equal to or above the Graduate School's minimum standards of 80 (iBT) ― with all sub scores on the iBT being at least a score of 18 or above.

TOEFL scores must not be more than two years old at the time of the applicant's first term of registration. For more information about the test of English as a Foreign Language: http://www.ets.org/toefl.

IELTS:  Applicants may take the IELTS exam as an alternative to the TOEFL.  The Department requires a minimum IELTS score of 7.0. 

IELTS scores must not be more than two years old at the time of the applicant's first term of registration. For more information about the International English Language Testing System:  https://www.ielts.org.

In special cases, provisional admission may be possible for applicants with IELTS scores below the Department's minimum standard but equal to or above the Graduate School's minimum standard of 6.5.


Entering students come from a wide range of degree programs, a background in wood science is not necessary. Most successful applicants have a strong science and math background with evidence of good communication skills, and typically hold degrees in the sciences business or engineering. They must have a scholastic record indicating a potential for success with graduate work.

 

Due to faculty interests, space availability, and limited financial resources, some otherwise qualified students may not be accepted. You are strongly urged to contact one or more faculty members to discuss your graduate interests before applying.