Live your passion for environmental stewardship by taking a Masters in Sustainable Forest Management.

The University of British Columbia’s Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) is an intensive, 9-month, course-based master’s program that prepares students for careers as professional forest land managers in North America and overseas.

Why Choose the MSFM Program?

The MSFM program is designed for naturally inquisitive leaders who enjoy working outdoors and have a passion for environmental stewardship.

Professional forest land managers are essential for healthy, sustainable, and productive forests, on which we depend. This accredited professional degree uses the principles and practices of sustainable forest land management to produce graduates equipped to fulfill this need.

Get hands-on experience

  • Coursework includes hands-on fieldwork and real-world experience in the fundamentals of land management, land information acquisition and analysis, site-level management and sustainable land management.

Become a Registered Professional Forester

  • As a graduate, you will have the expertise to obtain your Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation.

Learn from the best in the field

  • Benefit from a world-renowned faculty with leading-edge expertise in the area of sustainable forest management.

Learning Outcomes

The overall objective of the Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) program is to develop competent wide-ranging professionals with the technical, quantitative and social skills required to address the complex challenges of forest land management in a dynamic and changing world.

The MSFM curriculum is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, and by the Society of American Foresters. Graduates from the 2022 year seeking employment in the Canadian forestry sector were all successful with a 100% employment rate.

Through the MSFM program, you will:

  1. Develop skills that enhance professional development including effective communication, team building and critical thinking to identify where change is needed and to enable that change.
  2. Integrate and synthesize arrays of quantitative data and qualitative values into actionable plans for implementation on the land base.
  3. Utilize models and tools to effect solutions to natural resource management challenges that accommodate diverse values and multiple points of view.
  4. Develop a culture of continual learning and the ongoing ability to apply these skills, models and tools to novel situations in a dynamic environment
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