Required Documents for Applying

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: 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, 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 or instructors, supervisors, academic advisors, 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 your Master’s degree.

 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 limit your resume to one page.

TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants

TOEFL (Effective Summer 2019): The department recommends a 93 on the iBT TOEFL test, with all sub scores on the iBT being at least a score of 18 or above. These score recommendations are higher than those required by the OSU Graduate School:

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:

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

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: