The Master of Forestry degree is intended for students wishing to pursue professional careers in the management and policy of forest resources, across the span of urban to rural environments. These professional opportunities can be private-sector forest management—corporate or consulting; public-sector forest management—federal, state, county, local government; stewardship and conservation of forest resources - government, private or non-profit sector; or education. The goal is to prepare students to manage forest resources for various public and private values within a complex social, political, and ecological environment.
The curriculum draws from coursework in the natural and social sciences and focuses on the complex relationships among the science, management, and policy of forest resources. Students are also expected to hone their capacities as leaders and managers through summer internships, professional skills courses, and other opportunities.
Two themes dominate the structure of the Master of Forestry curriculum: multiple disciplinary exposure in the biological and social sciences, and progressive integration and synthesis of knowledge in resource measurement, analysis management and policy. The curriculum is designed in three educational stages along with an emphasis on professional skill development.
Professionals pursuing the one-year Master of Forestry degree are interested in acquiring new skills and broadening their perspectives, are people whose career objectives are in the general area of forest management and administration, and wish to fill known voids in their educational backgrounds. Admission to this program will be granted by the admissions committee only to individuals who appear to be able to achieve the level of professional competence represented by the Master of Forestry degree in one year of residence work. A minimum of one year in residence and eight full courses (24 credits) is required for completion of this program.
Students in this program are not required to elect any specific courses, or meet any course distribution requirements. Participation in all or part of the summer training modules in technical skills is optional. Students will be required to elect one-half of their courses in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and will have to develop course programs acceptable both to their faculty advisor and to the MF Committee. Deviations from the four full course (12 credit) school requirement that have faculty advisor support can be made only via petition to the curriculum committee. The one-year Master of Forestry degree is not accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).
Master of Forestry Curriculum
Students are required to choose courses from the lists in each category as indicated below: basic knowledge (biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences), frameworks and skills, resource management, and professional skills. The capstone course is a requirement.
Not all courses are offered during the current academic year.
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Three courses from three different topic areas)
Topic Area 1 Tree Physiology, Morphology and Taxonomy
Topic Area 2 Forest Ecology and Forest Dynamics
Topic Area 3 Wildlife and Community Ecology
Topic Area 4 Forest Health
PHYSICAL SCIENCES (Two courses from two different topic areas
Topic Area 1 Soils and Geology
Topic Area 2 Hydrology
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Two courses two different topic areas
Topic Area 1 Social and Political Ecology & Anthropology
ECONOMICS (One course)
MEASUREMENT (One course)*
SILVICULTURE (One course)
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (One Course)
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND FIELD TRIPS* (One course)
(Examples–most advanced level courses are acceptable)
*Students are strongly encouraged to go on at least one extended (week plus) field trip concerning forest resource management, complete F&ES 576a Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Skills, and take F&ES 669B Forest Management Operations for Professional Foresters.
CAPSTONE (One course)
Or a project course (or equivalent) with a significant product that is published and presented at a professional meeting.