Master of Sustainable Forest Management

The Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) program offered by the University of British Columbia is a comprehensive 9-month course-based master’s program designed to prepare students for careers in professional forest land management.

The program focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective forest land managers who contribute to the health, sustainability, and productivity of forests.

Why Choose the MSFM Program?

The MSFM program is centered around sustainable forest management, emphasizing the principles and practices required to manage forests in a way that balances ecological, economic, and social considerations.

The program is suited for individuals who are naturally curious, enjoy outdoor work, and have a strong passion for environmental stewardship. It’s designed for those interested in pursuing careers as professional forest land managers in North America and beyond.

Hands-On Experience: The program offers hands-on fieldwork and real-world experience in various aspects of land management, including land information acquisition and analysis, site-level management, and sustainable land management practices.

Professional Accreditation: Graduates of the MSFM program have the opportunity to obtain their Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation. This accreditation enhances graduates’ credibility and employability within the forestry sector. The MSFM curriculum is also accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board and the Society of American Foresters, ensuring that it meets the highest standards of quality and relevance.

Faculty Expertise: The program boasts a world-renowned faculty with leading-edge expertise in the field of sustainable forest management. Students benefit from the knowledge and insights of experienced professionals.

Hélène Marcoux, Manager of Malcolm Knapp Research Forest and Professor, Patrick Culbert, discuss a recent high-retention harvest in a temperate rainforest area. This harvest was executed according to a plan created by students in the MSFM program and the discussion takes place at the Faculty of Forestry’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.

Learning Outcomes

The program aims to develop well-rounded professionals with technical, quantitative, and social skills required to address the complex challenges of forest land management in a dynamic and changing world. Graduates are equipped with skills in effective communication, critical thinking, team building, and problem-solving.

Graduates from the MSFM program have achieved a 100% employment rate in forestry sectors, highlighting the program’s success in preparing students for careers in the field.