Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture (ATCOFA) is proud to be a part of the university's mission to educate students in a supportive environment incorporating personal attention and personal challenges, so that our students, by virtue of their depth and breadth of knowledge and the extent of their expertise, may contribute importantly to their chosen field.

Graduate Degrees Offered


The ATCOFA offers five graduate programs in forestry: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Forestry (M.F), Master of Science with a major in Resource Communications (MSRC), Master of Science with a concentration in Spatial Science (MS-SPSC) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry.


View examples of current Master of Science and Ph.D. research.

Admission Procedures

SFA is accepting applications to our graduate programs. Prior to applying we ask all potential students to contact a professor at ATCOFA.  Please visit our faculty website to find a faculty member who has similar research interests.  Once you have contacted a faculty member he/she must agree to be your major advisor before you may apply to our graduate program.  

Applying to graduate school is a two part process.  You will need to send application materials to the Graduate School and the ATCOFA.

Graduate School
1.  Graduate School Application
2.  Official transcripts from each college/university attended

3.  GRE scores*.  Visit the GRE website for more information and test registration

      *The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) would not generally be required for the admissions packet for 
       (unless identified by the program director or faculty):

  • Graduates of our BSF program.
  • Any applicant from a BA/BS degree in a natural resource field from another institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicants with five or more years of related professional experience.
  • Applicants for the Ph.D. program who already hold a Masters.
  • Applicants for the M.S.R.C. program.

       The GRE would still be required for:

  • Applicants not meeting the criteria above.
  • International students.
  • Specific programs or applicants as identified by the program director or faculty.

      GRE scores are highly recommended for full consideration for teaching assistantships.

4.  $50.00 application fee
5.  All application materials must be received by the Graduate School one month prior to the
     beginning of the semester the student is applying.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
1. Letter of application - please reference in your letter the professor that has agreed to be your
    major advisor. 
2. Two letters of reference - Reference letters must be on official letterhead.

These letters may be an attachment in pdf form sent via email to the Interim Associate Dean, Dr. Matthew McBroom at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or you may mail them to the following address:

Stephen F. Austin State University
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
Attn: Dr. Matthew McBroom
P.O. Box 6109
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-6109

International students may visit the Graduate School website for information concerning application materials.

NOTE: If you sit out a fall or spring semester once you have started the program you will need to reapply by filling out the Apply Texas Application.  No other application materials are necessary.  This does not apply to the summer semester.


Scholarships, Assistantships and Financial Aid
Graduate Assistantship Application Form
When applying for an assistantship we require two letters of reference.  These may be the same letters of reference used in your application process. 

Financial aid


Admission requirements include the following:

  • For clear admission, an applicant must have an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.8, a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work (each on a 4.0 scale) and an acceptable composite score on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test.
  • Students not meeting the above admission criteria may be admitted with probationary status if they have an overall GPA of at least 2.5, at least a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework (each on a 4.0 scale) and must have taken the (GRE).
  • Provisional admission may be available for students who are unable to provide all of the required documentation prior to the first semester of enrollment, but who based on previous academic performance appear to meet the requirements for clear admission (2.8 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework).  Provisional admission is good for one semester only and the student must take the GRE during the semester they are admitted.
  • Exceptions to the above admission requirements may be made on the recommendation of the Graduate Council to the Dean of the College of Forestry and Agriculture following a written appeal by the applicant to the Graduate Council.

To be admitted to the Ph.D. in Forestry degree program, the applicant must:

  • Hold or qualify for a master's degree in an appropriate area of knowledge from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on the master's degree course work and an acceptable score on the GRE. Clear admission may be granted if the GPA is less than 3.5 and the student has an acceptable GRE score.

If you have any further questions please contact Mary Ramos at 936-468-1365 (CST) or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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