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Master's Degrees | Forest Biomaterials

Forest Biomaterials

Entrance Exam: Not Required
College of Natural Resources

Forest Biomaterial graduates are leaders in sustainability — challenging fossil-based technologies and redesigning our future. Our graduates demonstrate specialized skills in process engineering, technology transfer, lean six sigma, product development and more.

The Master of Forest Biomaterials emphasizes both technical and management skills and is designed for working professionals who seek career advancement. Professionals can also pick and choose courses, as a non-degree student, that will especially benefit their immediate projects and career goals.

Building a better bioeconomy with experts skilled in fundamental science and engineering, the Department of Forest Biomaterials is dedicated to developing products and processes that derive sustainable value from nature. Click here to read department news.

NOTE: Non-degree students must apply for the Master of Forest Biomaterials before starting a third course, in order for the first two courses to be credited towards the master's degree.


Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a related area such as chemistry, material science, biology, textiles, wood products or chemical engineering may apply to the master’s program. Professionals in the wood, paper and allied industries who seek advanced study, but are not interested in pursuing a career in research, are also eligible.

Applicants must submit:

  • Final transcript of baccalaureate program
  • Letters of reference
  • Resume
  • A clear and concise statement of interest

International applicants, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate proficiency in English in order to be eligible for admission to the Graduate School.

Applicants not meeting the requirements for full admission may be granted provisional admission.

Career Prospects

The Master of Forest Biomaterials (MFB) program is designed to address the needs of professionals employed in the paper and allied industries. Allied industries include but are not limited to chemical and equipment suppliers for the paper industry.

Students in the online MFB degree program often maintain their current jobs while pursuing this degree. As employees, students apply the knowledge they gain to their current position, thus enhancing their value as employees as they earn the credentials required for career advancement.

The average starting salary for process engineers in the pulp and paper industry is one of the highest among all engineering disciplines in 2020 (students with a baccalaureate or more advanced degree). Graduates with master’s degrees typically demand a higher salary than those with a bachelor’s degree, and many employers prefer candidates with higher education or specialized education in this field.