MF Graduation Requirements and Timeline

Master of Forestry TRANSFOR-M students are registered at UBC for a minimum of two years. Within that time period, one year is spent on exchange at your chosen European partner university and one year is spent at UBC-Vancouver.

Registration Timeline*

Year One (September to August)
MF students register at UBC but spend the year in Europe at their chosen TRANSFOR-M partner institution and complete that institution’s Master program degree requirements (dual registration). MF students will be registered in the 6-credit FRST 548 Major Essay course that activates MF registration and fees (concurrent registration).
Year Two (September to April)
MF students return to UBC and complete a total of 30 credits to qualify for MF degree conferral: either a 3-credit major essay with 27 credits of approved course work, or a 6-credit major essay with 24 credits of approved course work. Approved course work must include FRST 544 (Technical Communications) and FRST 547 (Forestry in BC). MF graduation is expected in the following Spring, but continued registration through to the following August or December is allowed, if further time is approved by the Program Director (continuing tuition is assessed for extra terms).
* Flexibility may be offered for students to complete their UBC MF requirements in Year One and go to Europe in Year Two. Please discuss this option with the UBC TRANSFOR-M Director during your interview.
Course Descriptions
Years One and Two
FRST 548 (6 credits): Major Essay
The Major Essay provides MF students opportunity to undertake independent study under direction of a faculty member, in a subject area of interest.  It is not a thesis project.
Year Two
FRST 544 (3 credits): Technical (Oral) Communications (
By successfully completing the course you will be able to communicate well in scientific topics. Your skill set will include oral presentations in science, poster presentations, the basics of scientific writing and receiving and giving constructive feedback.
The course delivery will include a combination of lectures, workshops and feedback (oral and written). You will not be taught computer skills, although computer knowledge will be assumed for all course participants.
FRST 547 (3 credits): Forestry in BC (
This 3 credit course is designed as an introduction to forestry in British Columbia for incoming graduate students, international students, visiting students and other Faculty visitors. By successfully completing Forestry 547 you will have an increased knowledge that will enable you to make informed comment on the issues facing forestry in BC today. Your expertise will include professional level writing and oral presentation skills on topics of BC forestry.
Course delivery includes a combination of lectures, field trips, group discussion, and student presentations.
The course includes 3 mandatory field trips (with a fee) which provide unique opportunities to understand BC’s forests, their management, the pressures imposed on them by natural and human-caused disturbance, and the many perspectives and paradigms and beliefs about how they should be managed and for what balance of values.
In addition to these core courses, students must complete 18 credits of electives which must be selected in consultation with the Program Director.