We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wood science with a broad range of specialties. Example specialties are chemistry, physics, composites, bio-deterioration and business. Dual M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are also possible. Common dual degrees are with material science and civil engineering.

Renewable materials like wood are essential to human existence. The demand for the energy and thousands of consumer and industrial products made from wood and other renewable materials is growing, especially as society becomes more aware of sustainability and green issues.

To meet the global challenges of the 21st century we must be more innovative in making, marketing and using products from renewable resources while minimizing environmental impacts. We need to learn more about complex renewable materials like wood and dream of new ways that they can help us in the future. Our domestic industry must develop and implement new technology and marketing strategies to remain competitive.

The graduate programs in wood science are designed for the future scientists, technologists and businesspersons who will meet the challenge of new knowledge and innovation.

Oregon State is an international education and research center with a world-class faculty and state-of-the art facilities for inquiry and exploration. The State of Oregon is a center for renewable materials because of our natural resources, well-established industry and sustainability focus. We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wood science that are closely integrated with our research programs and that allow students to tailor their program around a wood science foundation. All programs are highly interdisciplinary and many students also pursue dual graduate degrees in science and engineering disciplines such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, or forest science.

Admissions Requirements

Admit Term
  • Any Term
Required Tests
  • None

English Language Requirements ?
  • TOEFL iBT: 93
  • TOEFL Paper: 575
  • IELTS: 7.00

Effective summer 2019, the program recommends that applicants have a TOEFL iBT of 93 or above (and recommends a minimum sub score of 18 on each section).

Additional Requirements

Application requirements, including required documents, letters, and forms, vary by program and may not be completely represented here. The processing of your application will not be completed until these requirements have been met. Please, before applying to this program, always contact the program office to confirm application requirements.

Application Process

Please review the graduate school application process and Apply Online.

Dates & Deadlines ?

Admissions Deadline for all applicants
Funding Deadline for optimal consideration
December 31

for College of Forestry Fellowship

Concentrations ?

This program has concentrations or tracks not represented here. Please visit the  Wood Science Website program website to learn more.

MAIS Participation

This program may serve as a primary, secondary, or third field of study in a MAIS degree.

AMP Participation ?

This program does not participate in the Accelerated Master's Platform (AMP)