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Graduate Assistantship Guidelines

The majority of our graduate students in residence have a teaching or research assistantship. However, funds for financial support of graduate students are limited and highly competitive. Acceptance into the Department of Forestry graduate program does not automatically imply financial support.

Research assistantships are sponsored each year by the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forest Research Act and through several externally funded research projects. Teaching assistantships funded by the College of Agricultural Sciences are also available.

In addition to general awards made through the Graduate School, stipends for research studies are available from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Interior, other federal and state agencies, and private corporations.


  • New graduate students who have been accepted into the Department of Forestry graduate program and are carrying at least the minimum full graduate course load (as defined in the Graduate Catalog or by the Graduate School Office) require the following:
    • 2.85 GPA minimum for 1/2 assistantship (20 hours per week)
    • 2.70 GPA minimum for 1/4 assistantship (10 hours per week)
  • Active students must receive a 3.0 GPA each semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better to remain eligible for financial assistantship.
  • Students with a 3.0 GPA or better may be eligible for fellowships as they become available
  • Students holding assistantships are required to complete all degree work within four semesters (including summer). This is also the normal maximum span for financial aid.

Get in touch for more information on graduate assistantships and fellowships offered by the Department of Forestry.