Masters Application Deadline

Final Deadline: January 19, 2015 
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2014 Incoming Student Profile

  • Students from 34 U.S. states & territories and 25 countries
  • 58% female, 42% male
  • 31% international
  • 16% 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: 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; International Development Economics; and International Relations. 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.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, tuition was $36,940 with an additional $15,368 estimated for books, health insurance and living expenses.

In 2014, 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.
 
Yale F&ES Blog
F&ES Explores the Caribbean

This spring break, I traveled to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands for the course FES 729b: Caribbean Coastal Development: Cesium and CZM taught by faculty members Gaboury Benoit and Mary Beth Decker. In this course we studied the effects of land development, management issues, and waste treatment on the health of the overall environment. Below are some photos from our trip:

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Students investigate the rocky intertidal zone near Bovoni Bay.

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We hiked through the mangals to test water and collect sediment samples.

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Creating a more inclusive environment in F&ES: Changing the application to include non-binary gender options

This coming application cycle, The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has decided to make a small but significant change to the application. This year, applicants to F&ES who do not identify as either male or female (or who might identify as both) will have the opportunity to apply as their preferred gender identity.

Danielle Curtis Dailey, F&ES’s Director of Enrollment Management, comments on the change:  “We believe that it is essential that F&ES builds a diverse student body, in order to train leaders who will tackle the world’s toughest environmental problems. When we think about diversity, it is in the greatest sense of the word – race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, region of origin, interests, and so much more. We constantly strive to make sure that we…

TALKS ON THE WILD SIDE

Guest lectures are an almost daily occurrence at Yale F&ES. This semester, the F&ES course Conservation in Practice: International Perspective, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and the student interest group, ConBio, are hosting a six-part series called “Talks on the Wild Side”. The series will bring a number of professionals in the field of wildlife and ecosystem conservation to campus on Thursdays throughout the semester.

Last week, Dr. Justina Ray kicked off the series with her talk entitled, Challenges of Species-Level Conservation Policy and Practice. Dr. Ray is the Executive Director and Senior Scientist of Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. As a wildlife biologist, she has studied the community ecology of forest carnivores in Central Africa and is now involved in research and policy related to conservation planning in…

Research degrees at F&ES

Yale F&ES offers a handful of different types of masters degrees to students seeking to accomplish their academic and professional goals. Two of them, the Masters of Environmental Science (MESc) and the Master of Forest Science (MFS), are similar to typical science degrees that most researchers pursue in order to complete a thesis. For this post, I corresponded with a few first-year science degree-seeking students to understand their experience better, and get a general idea of what a masters of science degree entails here at F&ES.

Many students who are looking to come to F&ES for an MESc or MFS degree tend to ask the same question: why did you choose F&ES over another school?

Paul Burow, a current MESc first-year with a research focus in Native American…

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