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Master of Forest Biomaterials

Description

The Master of Forest Biomaterials program is designed to address the needs of professionals employed in the wood products, paper, and allied industries. Thirty credit hours are required for the degree, in the case of students having one or more years of relevant industrial experience. Thirty-six credit hours are required for students having no employment experience related to the field of study. It is expected that most students will be able to complete the requirements in three years. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

Dr. Martin A. Hubbe,
Professor
Phone: 919-513-3022
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

The Master of Forest Biomaterials program is designed to address the needs of professionals employed in the wood products, paper, and allied industries. Enrolled students will be able to maintain their current job while pursuing this degree and, as employees, will be able to apply the knowledge they gain from courses and the independent project to their positions, thus enhancing their value as employees as they continue to participate in this program.

Curriculum
(What will I learn?)

Two areas of concentration are offered: 1) Wood Products and 2) Paper Science and Engineering.

Wood Products Required Core Courses (9 credit hours)

  • WPS 595U Wood Products. Manufacturing & Business (3)
  • WPS 595W Wood Physics and Mechanics (3)
  • WPS 595# Wood Anatomy & Chemistry (3)

Advised electives: 12 credit hours
Free electives: 3 credit hours
Independent project: 5 credit hours
Seminar: 1 credit hour
TOTAL 30

Paper Science and Engineering Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

  • WPS 565 Paper Physics (3)
  • WPS 527 Wet End & Colloidal Chemistry (3)
  • WPS 720 Wood Chemistry (3)
  • WPS 760 Process Analysis (3)

Advised electives: 9 credit hours
Free electives: 3 credit hours
Independent project: 5 credit hours
Seminar: 1 credit hour
TOTAL 30

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 30 or 36

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Applicants are expected to have completed a four-year bachelor's degree program from an accredited college or university. If a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) has been taken, that information can be supplied; however the GRE is not required for distance education applicants. Recommendation letters are requested in the application. The program is designed for individuals who are professionally employed and have a minimum of one year of relevant experience in the pulp and paper, wood products or allied industries, such as chemical or equipment suppliers for wood and paper products.

Graduate School application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: June 25 (US citizens); March 1 (Internationals)
  • Spring semester: November 25 (US citizens); July 15 (Internationals)
  • Summer I: March 25 (US citizens); December 15 (Internationals)
  • Summer II: May 10 (US citizens): December 15 (Internationals)

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

Students who have at least a year of relevant industrial experience are required to complete 30 credit hours; for students without relevant experience, 36 credit hours are required. It is expected that most students will be able to complete the requirements in three years.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree student (NDS).

A departmental requirement states that students must apply and be accepted by the Graduate School for the program before enrolling in their third course in the program. Applicants must plan ahead, since the application process usually takes 2 to 4 months. In addition to departmental rules, the University has set a limit of no more than 12 transfer credits from any source that can be counted towards a masters degree, including NC State courses taken before applying and being accepted into the degree program.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)


Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $11,850.00
Non-resident: $23,070.00

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