Testimonials

Ron Taylor standing in front of a moutain range and body of water.

"The Master of Science in Forestry program inspired me to pursue a career in quantitative forestry internationally. I initially started the program mid-career after working for a large private forest owner in Alabama and my supervisor suggested that graduate studies would help me move forward into a management role in the future. The program at Mississippi state has some great core courses in management planning and economics but also allows you to explore a variety of electives in many areas of interest. The staff provided prompt and great feedback with practical exercises that allow one to work online productively from a distance. This fact alone provided me with the soft skills to thrive in the working environment that we are faced with in the pandemic today. After finishing the program, I have worked in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada in analyst and consulting roles and am currently pursuing a PhD in forestry. All that I believe that could not have happened without my great experience from the MSc program in forestry at Mississippi State University.”

- Ron Taylor, RPF

Nathan Gatlin standing on a rooftop in a urban enviroment

"My experience working towards a master’s degree in forestry at Mississippi State University was a very rewarding experience. I participated in the online master’s program through the College of Natural Resources. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree in forest management and beginning my forestry career I learned about the online master’s program at a continuing forestry education event. The thought of delving deeper into my understanding of forestry grabbed my attention. I understood that I would be introduced to many forestry concepts at a much deeper level while sharpening my critical thinking, research, and communication skills. After I completed the program I was surprised to see how much more the program focused me in my everyday work.

Throughout my course of study I really enjoyed the interaction with the professors. All of them were very understanding and flexible working me as I juggled my studies with a full time job. My work in the industry for so many years provided me with a great foundation from which to begin my education and research. I found that the information I was learning increased my understanding of forestry and built up my confidence in my forestry skills.

My experience working towards a master’s degree in forestry at Mississippi State University was a very rewarding experience. I participated in the online master’s program through the College of Natural Resources. Upon finishing my undergraduate degree in forest management and beginning my forestry career I learned about the online master’s program at a continuing forestry education event. The thought of delving deeper into my understanding of forestry grabbed my attention. I understood that I would be introduced to many forestry concepts at a much deeper level while sharpening my critical thinking, research, and communication skills. After I completed the program I was surprised to see how much more the program focused me in my everyday work.

Throughout my course of study I really enjoyed the interaction with the professors. All of them were very understanding and flexible working me as I juggled my studies with a full time job. My work in the industry for so many years provided me with a great foundation from which to begin my education and research. I found that the information I was learning increased my understanding of forestry and built up my confidence in my forestry skills.

I work with the North Carolina Forest Service as an assistant district forester. I oversee the forest management program of a district that includes eight counties. The concepts I learned in my classes have aided me as have I made better choices for the private forest landowners that I service as well as the contributions I make to my agency. Another aspect of the graduate program I enjoyed was that it refocused some of the priorities I placed on forestry issues. Understanding the issues better has presented me with opportunities to practice more effective forest management.

I would recommend this program to anyone who is passionate about their career in forestry and wants to be better prepared in their role. Though the program is challenging, it is also very fulfilling. Because the program is well organized and the faculty are so supportive, I always felt confident in the process. I am thankful that Mississippi State University offers the online Master of Science in Forestry program so that working professionals have the opportunity to broaden their education.”

- Nathan Gatlin