Forest Biomaterials - Online and Distance Education

Forest Biomaterials

Master's Degrees | Forest Biomaterials

Forest Biomaterials

Entrance Exam: Not Required

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.

NOTENon-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

Our graduates are recruited by a broad range of companies: ABB, Andritz, Buckman, Cascades, Domtar, Dow Chemical, Eastman Chemical, Enviva, Evergreen Packaging, Exxon Mobil, GAF, Georgia Pacific, Graphic Packaging International, Greif
International Paper, Kemira, Kimberly Clark, Loparex, Nalco, Novozymes, Procter & Gamble, Rayonier, Solenis, Sonoco, Westrock and more.

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 immediately enhancing their value as employees.

Graduates of the program will find increased job security and an expanded network through Forest Biomaterials extensive industry partners — not to mention a salary boost!


This master's degree requires 30 or 36 credit hours. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of the required courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the 30-credit program is $13,860 for North Carolina residents and $39,330 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.