Graduate Program of Study

Welcome! Oregon State University's Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management offers the Master of Science, Master of Agriculture, and Ph.D. degrees. The Department is accredited by the Society for Range Management who is recognized throughout the country as one of the leading institutions of rangeland management. Upon completion of the degree, the graduate should have a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of rangeland ecology and management. This understanding will be achieved by study with professors who have specific knowledge and unique perspectives on the many facets of rangeland science.

Graduate Areas of Concentration:

  • Agroforestry
  • Ecology of Rangelands
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Range Improvement
  • Range Nutrition
  • Riparian Zone Management
  • Watershed Management

Graduate work leading to degrees may involve research on domestic or wild animals, range nutrition, community ecology, physiology of range plants, range improvement, range watershed and riparian zone management, rangeland restoration, utilization and management, agroforestry, and range economics Students have access to greenhouses, field plots, pastures, ranges, and animal facilities on campus, at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center at Union and Burns, Oregon, and on private ranches.

Graduate students in Rangeland Ecology and Management may select courses in complementary areas, including agricultural and resource economics, animal science, biology, botany, fisheries and wildlife, forestry crop science, soils, and statistics. The selection of these complementary areas depends on the interest of the students, their aptitude, and the thesis topic chosen. Minors are commonly elected in animal nutrition, agricultural and resource economics, botany, fisheries and wildlife, forage crops, or in integrated programs of study.

We recommend students take a few minutes to read their respective section in the Department's Graduate Handbook. While each graduate program can be different the handbook provides future students with a good idea of course requirements and a basic timeline of events for their program. 2011-12 Graduate Student Handbook

Admissions Requirements

We require at least a 3.0 GPA. on the last 90 hours of undergraduate work. If you do not have a B.S. degree in Range or a related discipline, you will probably have some make up course work to complete. We do not require GRE scores. For more information about Admissions requirements at Oregon State University.

For more information or to ask questions write to: or Department Head, Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, 202 Strand Agriculture Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331