12 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The Forestry program at Southern Illinois University offers a range of career-friendly concentrations, giving you the opportunity for in-depth study in the areas that advanced forestry students want. 


About the program

Our top-notch Master of Science degree in Forestry serves as a launchpad for a diverse range of exciting careers in the academic, private and government sectors.

Graduates of the Forestry program at Southern Illinois University find specialized jobs in the sustainable management of our natural resources, secure high starting salaries, doing meaningful work outdoors, with interesting people from all walks of life.

Upon graduation, our students are qualified for private sector, consulting, state, federal and industry careers relating to the area of their specialized study as well as for teaching, research and extension positions.


Others start their own businesses or create new positions that meet their expertise.

Sample job titles include:

  • Soil and water conservationist
  • Range manager
  • Park ranger
  • Park naturalist
  • Forester
  • Conservation specialist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Scientist
  • Forest Technician
  • Manager in private industry related to forestry
  • Forest and conservation manager
  • Wetland conservation manager
  • Fire science specialist
  • Ecological restoration consultant
  • Recreation ecologist
  • Wildlife habitat manager
  • Watershed management specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Resource forester
  • Assistant professor of forestry
  • Silviculture manager
  • Veteran fire corps project leader
  • Plant community ecologist
  • Biological technician (Plants)
  • Fisheries manager
  • Forester, inventory & analysis
  • Community forestry recovery coordinator
  • Program director of local conservation group

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Forestry
  • Tree ID Primer
  • Forestry and Natural Resource Conservation
  • Ecology of North American Forests
  • Tree Identification Laboratory
  • Freshwater Angling
  • Bass Fishing Techniques
  • Forest Recreation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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