Studies & Degrees in Industrial Plantation

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Have you recently earned an undergraduate degree in the field of forestry or environmental sciences?  Are you seeking to continue your education in a relevant graduate program that matches your key interests?  If so, you may want to consider the Master of Science degree program in Industrial Plantation.  To give you a clearer picture with regard to the specifics of the M.S. degree in Industrial Plantation, below we will provide a brief description of the program, including the course content students will encounter and the eligibility requirements for program admittance.
Master of Science Degree in Industrial Plantation:  Program Overview
The Master of Science Degree in Industrial Plantation is a graduate-level program offered by a select number of universities throughout the world.  The program spans two academic years or four full semesters and is open to all graduate-level candidates who possess a relevant bachelor degree.  Students will be asked to complete approximately 36 hours of coursework in the program, coursework that includes classroom lectures, outside group projects, independent research and a completed thesis or comprehensive examination prior to graduation.
What is Industrial Plantation?
So what exactly will students study in the M.S. degree program in Industrial Plantation?
For those of you not familiar with the term, “industrial plantation,” refers to an enterprise established for the sole purpose of producing high volumes of wood in a short period of time.  These plantations can be grown and managed by a number of different entities, including:
  • State Forestry Authorities—such as the Forestry Commission in Britain
  • Paper and Wood Industries
  • Private Landowners—such as Weyerhaeuser, Rayonier and Plum Creek Timber in the United States, and Asia Pulp and Paper in Indonesia
The growing of Christmas trees by a private landowner is a prime example of an Industrial Plantation, as these trees have but one purpose and are rarely permitted to grow to their full potential.
Most industrial plantations are large-scale operations that are actively managed for the commercial production of forest-based products.  During the process, individual blocks of trees are even-aged and often consist of just one or two species (such as fir trees that serve as Christmas trees).  These species can be either indigenous or exotic, but despite their origin, the plants are often genetically altered for desired traits, including growth and resistance to pests and diseases.  An example of this is the timber species, which are altered for stem straightness and the ability to produce voluminous wood.
Master of Science Degree in Industrial Plantation:  Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for admission into the Master of Science degree program in Industrial Plantation, students must possess, at minimum, a bachelor degree in forestry, forest management, environmental science or a related degree with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in all core and elective coursework.  Students in the United States may also be required to sit for the Graduate Record examination (GRE), on which they must earn a combined score of 1000 on the verbal and quantitative components of the exam.