May 19, 2024  
University of Alberta Calendar 2024-2025 
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Master of Forestry with Specialization in Sustainable Forest Management (Renewable Resources)

This program provides an advanced degree in sustainable forest management. The program is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Association Board and allows graduates to apply to join the regulated profession as Registered Professional Foresters in any Canadian province, working in government or industrial organizations or as consultants.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants hold a non-accredited undergraduate forestry degree or a degree from an allied discipline such as environmental sciences. Admission prerequisites include foundational undergraduate courses in:

  1. Biodiversity or conservation,
  2. Plant physiology or structure and function,
  3. Soil science,
  4. Geomatics or GIS,
  5. Economics, and
  6. Statistics.

Missing prerequisites can be covered during the first term under a conditional admission.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 units in coursework including two field school courses in August prior to the start of the first term. If students enter the program with prior credits for a very close equivalent of a required course, alternative courses can be chosen with departmental approval to meet the minimum credit requirements, including a directed study or research project.

Professional Development and Ethics Requirements

Students are required to fulfill the GPS Professional Development Requirement  and the GPS Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement .

Length of Program

The program is designed to be completed in 9 to 20 months, depending on the undergraduate student’s background. The program may also be completed on a part-time basis. The maximum time to complete the program as set by the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies is six years.