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Forestry

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc., M.A.Sc., M.F., M.G.E.M., M.I.F., M.S.F.M, M.U.F.L.

Members

Professors

S. Aitken, Y. Alila, P. Arcese, S. Avramidis, J. Bohlmann, G. Bull, A. Carroll, C. Chanway, N. Coops, Y. El-Kassaby, P. Evans, S. Grayston, R. Guy, S. Hinch, J. Innes, C. Konijnendijk, R. Kozak, F. Lam, B. Larson, V. LeMay, S. Mansfield, P. Marshall, C. Prescott, J. Richardson, K. Ritland, J. Saddler, S. Sheppard, S. Simard, G. Smith, T. Sowlati.

Associate Professors

L. Daniels, S. Ellis, S. Gergel, M. Krzic, K. Lyons, M. Meitner, S. Mitchell, S. Renneckar, G. Wang, H. Zerriffi.

Assistant Professors

J. Bulkan, C. Burotn, J. Cool, B. Eskelson, V. Griess, S. Hagerman, H. Nelson, J. Rhemtulla, M. van den Bosch.

Program Overview

The graduate program in Forestry offers advanced study in natural and social science, management, and economic aspects of forestry and wood science, in an interdisciplinary setting. Detailed information about specific areas of research can be found on the Forestry website. In addition to its thesis-based programs, the graduate program in Forestry also offers five course-based degrees: the Master of Forestry, Master of International Forestry, the Master of Sustainable Forest Management, the Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management, and the Mater of Urban Forestry Leadership. The Faculty operates research forests at Vancouver and Williams Lake which support many research and education activities. The Faculty encourages international and First Nations students to be involved in our research.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess a master's degree in Forestry or a related area, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the master's to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations. Exceptional students may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program from the bachelor's level.

Program Requirements

Coursework is selected in consultation with the supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive examination successfully. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program normally possess a bachelor's degree in science, applied science, agricultural sciences, social science, or forestry, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. program includes a thesis (6/12/18 credits), a forestry communications course (FRST 544 or approved alternate), and other approved courses, for a total of 30 credits.

Master of Applied Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.A.Sc. degree program normally possess a bachelor's degree in Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) or higher degree in engineering, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The M.A.Sc. program includes a thesis (6-18 credits), a forestry communications course (FRST 544 or approved alternate), and other approved courses, for a total of 30 credits.

Master of Forestry

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.F. degree program normally possess a bachelor's degree in science, applied science, agricultural sciences, social science, or forestry, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

The M.F. program includes either a major essay (3-6 credits) or a thesis (6-18 credits), a forestry communications course (FRST 544 or approved alternate), and other approved courses, for a total of 30 credits.

Dual Degree Program Option

Master of Forestry, UBC and one of the available master’s degrees at one of the European partner universities participating in the TRANSFOR-M program.

TRANSFOR-M (Transatlantic Forestry Master) is a unique dual degree program which offers qualified students the opportunity to earn, in two years, a Master of Forestry (MF) degree from UBC and a master’s degree from one of the five participating universities in Europe.

The participating European Universities:

  • Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany
  • Bangor University, Wales, UK
  • University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • University of Padova, Italy

The European degrees available for UBC MF students:

  • M.Sc. Forest Sciences (Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg)
  • M.Sc. Agroforestry (Bangor University / Wales)
  • M.Sc. Conservation and Land Management (Bangor University / Wales)
  • M.Sc. Environmental Forestry (Bangor University / Wales)
  • M.Sc. Agriculture and Forestry (University of Eastern Finland)
  • M.Sc. Mountain Forestry (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
  • M.Sc. Forest Science (University of Padova)

Taken separately, both degrees would take three years to complete. The dual degree program option makes it possible to earn both degrees in two years of study by allowing students to be enrolled continuously through this period and by allowing students to apply 30 credits earned as part of the UBC MF degree towards the European degree.

In order to receive both degrees students must fulfill the individual program requirements for each institution’s degree.

Admission

Admission to the TRANSFOR-M through UBC requires an academic background in science, applied science, agricultural sciences, social science or forestry. Admission standards are in accordance with the standards set by UBC’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Given that the number of applicants exceeds the number of positions available, a record that satisfies basic entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

For applicants with Canadian or USA credentials, the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall average in the B+ range in third- and fourth-year courses, is required. For applicants with International credentials, we require an academic degree and GPA as detailed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies International Evaluation Manual.

Applicants whose prior degree is from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide official results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. See details.

Applicants wishing to participate in the TRANSFOR-M program must first submit their Expressions of Interest and arrange an interview with the UBC TRANSFOR-M Liaison Officer. The TRANSFOR-M pre-application must be submitted to the UBC Liaison Officer by the posted deadline. The successful applicants selected as UBC candidates will then apply formally for admission to UBC Master of Forestry (MF) program as well as to the master’s program at the European Host Institution to which they were invited to apply.

Requirements

Once the students have been selected in the TRANSFOR-M program and offered admission at both UBC and in the Host Institution in Europe, the Liaison Officers at both institutions will work with the student to develop a Study Plan that will outline courses to be taken at the Host Institution and the transfer credits that will be granted by the European Institution. Liaison Officers of both UBC and the Host Institution must approve the student’s Study Plan.

Students will complete their first year at the European Host institution during which they will complete the normal requirements for the first year of the Host institution’s degree program. During that period, they will also be registered at UBC in the MF’s Major Essay (FRST 548). For their second year, they will return to UBC and complete the remaining MF degree requirements (course work).

For the UBC Master of Forestry (MF) and European Master’s dual degree program, students are required to complete a minimum of 30 UBC credits to qualify for the UBC MF component and additional 60-75 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits for the European component. None of the European courses are accepted as transfer credits towards the UBC Master of Forestry (MF) degree, but UBC MF degree credits are accepted as transfer credits towards the European degree.

Students will graduate from each institution when they complete the program requirements of that institution. Students may attend the convocation ceremonies of both institutions. The student will receive two parchments:

    1. UBC, Master of Forestry (MF); and
    2. The master’s degree from their European Host Institution

Each institution manages its own degree requirements. Students must meet each institution’s admission and continuation requirements; however, only those credits administered by the specific institution will apply towards that institution’s continuation policies. Students are required to comply with all policies, procedures, rules and regulations of the Host Institution during their studies at the Host Institution, as well as any other policies, procedures, rules or regulations placed upon them by the Home Institution during the period of their participation in the TRANSFOR-M Program.

TRANSFOR-M students with UBC as the designated Home Institution will pay the MF tuition assessment and student fees for a minimum of two years (6 terms), but will receive a tuition fee waiver at the Host University in Europe. Miscellaneous European student fees may be assessed.

TRANSFOR-M students with UBC as the designated Host Institution will receive a tuition fee waiver for each term they are registered in the MF at UBC, but will pay all other required student fees.

For further information on the UBC MF program, including information on applying, please see the UBC Faculty of Forestry MF program website.

Master of International Forestry

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.I.F. Program must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies master's degree admission requirements. Applicants must have an academic background in science, social science, or a related discipline with adequate grounding in natural resource conservation and management. As part of the application package, applicants are required to submit a professional/educational dossier and statement of interest.

The minimum TOEFL score requirement for admission is 100 (internet-based) or 600 (paper-based).

Program Requirements

The M.I.F. is a one-year course-based degree program consisting of 31 credits: 28 required credits and a 3-credit internship or project.

    The 28 course credits must include the following courses, or alternates as approved by the Program Director:
  • FRST 519 (3)
  • FRST 522 (4)
  • FRST 534 (4)
  • FRST 543 (4)
  • FRST 553 (4)
  • FRST 559 (4)
  • FRST 560 (4)
  • FRST 562 (1)

Master of Sustainable Forest Management

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.S.F.M. Program must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies master's degree admission requirements. Applicants must have a science-based academic background with prior coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, introductory statistics, ecology, and economics. As part of the application package, applicants are required to submit a professional/educational dossier and statement of interest.

The minimum TOEFL score requirement for admission is 100 (internet-based) or 600 (paper-based).

Program Requirements

    The M.S.F.M. is a one-year non-thesis degree program consisting of 33 credits:
  • FRST 555 (3)
  • FRST 556 (3)
  • FRST 557 (6)
  • FRST 558 (9)
  • 12 elective credits, as approved by the program

Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management

Admission Requirements:

Students must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies master’s degree admission requirements. Applicants must have an academic background in a relevant field (e.g. environmental science, computer science, geography). Please consult the program website for additional details regarding academic background requirements, and a list of required application documents.

Students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100–ibt or equivalent (IELTS = 7.0 minimum overall score with sub-category minimum scores of 6.5).

Program Requirements:

    The M.G.E.M is a one-year non-thesis degree program consisting of 30 credits: 27 required core course credits including:
  • GEM 500 (3)
  • GEM 510 (3)
  • GEM 511 (3)
  • GEM 520 (3)
  • GEM 521 (3)
  • GEM 530 (3)
  • GEM 540 (3)
  • GEM 580 (3)
  • GEM 599 (3)

Students are also required to complete 3 elective credits. Alternate core credits may be allowed if approved by the Program Director.

Master of Urban Forestry Leadership

This program is pending final approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Admission Requirements:

Students must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies master’s degree admission requirements. Applicants must have an academic background in a relevant field (e.g. urban forestry , forestry, environmental science, geography, engineering, social sciences). Please consult the program website for additional details regarding academic background requirements, and a list of required application documents.

For information on the English Language Requirements for admission please refer to: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,204,345,0

Program Requirements:

    The M.U.F.L. is a 13-month, four-term non-thesis degree program consisting of 30 credits:
  • UFOR 500 (3)
  • UFOR 511(1.5)
  • UFOR 512 (3)
  • UFOR 521 (3)
  • UFOR 523 (1.5)
  • UFOR 531 (6)
  • FCOR 501 (1.5)
  • FCOR 502 (1.5)
  • FCOR 503 (1.5)
  • FCOR 599 (3)

Alternative courses may be allowed if approved by the Program Director.

Contact Information

Forestry Graduate Programs Office
2005-2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.827.4454
Fax: 604.822.8645
Email: gayle.kosh@ubc.ca
Web: http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/students/graduate/
Gayle Kosh, Manager, Graduate Programs

Page last updated: July 3, 2018

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