Masters Application Deadline

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2015 Incoming Student Profile

  • Students from 26 U.S. states & territories and 24 countries
  • 63% female, 37% male
  • 30% international
  • 15% U.S. minorities
  • Average age of students: 27 years
  • Average undergraduate GPA: 3.59
  • Average GRE scores (no minimum):
    Verbal 610/160, Quantitative 700/155, Writing 4.5
  • Average of 2-4 years of professional experience prior to enrollment

Masters Programs at F&ES

Founded in 1901, F&ES is one of Yale University’s 13 graduate and professional schools. It is the oldest professional forestry school in the nation.

F&ES offers four 2-year degree programs—Master of Environmental Management (MEM), Master of Environmental Science (MESc), Master of Forestry (MF), and Master of Forest Science (MFS). F&ES also offers two 10-month programs (MEM and MF) for mid-career professionals with at least 7 years of experience.

Areas of study include, but are not limited to: Ecosystem Conservation and Management; Forestry, Forest Science and Forest Management; Business and the Environment; Climate Science, Adaptation and Mitigation; Energy and the Environment; Environmental Policy Analysis; Human Dimensions of Environmental Management; Sustainable Land Management; Sustainable Urban and Industrial Systems; and Water Resources Management.

Joint degree programs are available with Yale Schools of Management; Law; Divinity; Architecture; Public Health; and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Global Affairs, African Studies, European and Russian Studies, East Asian Studies, and International Development Economics). Joint degree programs are also available with Vermont Law School and Pace Law School, and a joint program is offered in Management with the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia as well as environmental engineering with Tsingua University in China

For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition is $38,185 with an additional $18,575 estimated for books, transportation, health insurance and living expenses.

In 2015, F&ES had approximately $4.5 million in scholarships available to award to master’s students. Scholarships are awarded based on demonstrated financial need and academic merit, and range in award availability and size. For more information on the financial aid process, please visit Financial Aid.
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Dia de los Muertos celebration at F&ES, November 2015. Photo by Adrien Salazar.

The Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee at the School of Forestry is a group of students, faculty, and staff committed to cultivating an inclusive atmosphere at FES, challenging systems of oppression, and fostering a space where a diversity of ideas, values, and perspectives are welcomed and respected.

This year the committee is excited to put on cultural celebrations, community dialogues, and workshops to enhance the role of the School of Forestry in developing culturally competent leaders and driving the discourse of diversity and equity in the environmental field.

Now Accepting Applications!

My name is Uma Bhandaram and I’m excited to be joining the Admissions Department as the new Recruiter for the 2015 – 2016 season. Mainly because this means I don’t have to leave F&ES or New Haven yet! I’ve had such a great time here.

First, a little bit about me: I’m from Southern California. I completed my undergraduate degree at University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Afterwards, I worked as an environmental consultant in Southern California for a year and a half, interned for a reforestation agency in Haiti for a few months, and traveled around Central and South America for a couple of months before heading to Yale. I’ve grown up and lived in various areas surrounded by the beach, mountains, and desert and, most distinctly…

NatGeo Adventures: An FESer hard at work

Kevin McLean, who is working toward his Ph.D. at F&ES, was featured recently on National Geographic’s “Adventure 5” website, a weekly series in which they ask their adventure friends to share some of their favorite terms for their favorite activities.

McLean wrote about the experience on his blog.

“A few weeks ago I went down to the National Geographic headquarters in DC and had a chance to participate in their Adventure 5 series. They asked a bunch of their Explorers from different fields to explain some of the lingo they use. Their studio was really amazing, I wish I would have taken a picture. They had teleprompter to the side of the camera that made the interviewer’s eyes float right in front of the lens. This ‘mirror mirror…


With only three days of classes remaining this spring, F&ES masters students are preparing to embark on summer internship and research experiences that will take them all over the country, and all over the world. Incoming students often wonder what sort of agencies, organizations, and firms F&ES students intern with and how they go about securing their internship. I hope that sharing my own experience will help to shed some light on this process.

Next month, I will be heading to Apia, Samoa to spend ten weeks interning with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP). SPREP is an intergovernmental organization charged with the protection and sustainable development of the region’s environment. I will be

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