Master of International Forestry

Discover your place among tomorrow’s international forestry leaders.

The University of British Columbia’s Master of International Forestry (MIF) is an intensive, 10-month, course-based master’s program that provides the knowledge, skills, and tools required to address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of global forest change and natural resources management.

Why choose the MIF?

Today’s forest conservation and resource management decisions are made in the context of global agreements and international competition for forest products and services. Decision makers and practitioners must be prepared to compete in rapidly changing social, economic or cultural settings.

The MIF empowers graduates to seek, negotiate, and implement solutions for complex global forest challenges, and most importantly, to adapt and succeed in changing landscapes.

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Get the skills major international employers want
Create and influence solutions to global conservation and forest resource management issues with a rich understanding of how to navigate relationships among societies, forests and trees.

Professional Network

Expand your professional network
Through coursework, placements or directed studies connect with internationally experienced forestry and natural resource management professionals.

Group learning

Learn from UBC experts and your classmates
Co-generate knowledge through collaborative learning opportunities in and outside the classroom.


Study at a top 20 university
UBC is a founding partner of the International Partnership for Forestry Education and consistently ranks among the top 20 universities in the world.

What will you learn?

As an MIF student, you will spend 8 months studying full-time on UBC’s Vancouver campus, and 6-12 weeks on an on a placement or in a guided study in your field of choice. The program’s curriculum is a mix of experiential learning and real-world experiences taught through:

  • Courses covering a wide range of topics, including:
    • Forests and society
    • Social, community, and Indigenous forestry
    • Integrated natural resources management
    • Natural resource economics and environmental finance
    • Forest business enterprise
    • International forest governance and policy
    • International forestry institutions, diplomacy, and negotiations
  • Leadership and management workshops to improve skills required for work with international organizations
  • Directed study or placements have been completed in Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua, Thailand, Canada, and the United States, within a wide range of international organizations including the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO)

As an MIF graduate, you will be equipped to:

  • Examine relationships among societies and their forested environments
  • Assess trends in the valuation and marketing of forest-based goods and services
  • Understand landscape-level changes and spatial datasets
  • Implement principles of sound forest governance
  • Negotiate and evaluate multilateral environmental agreements
  • Develop policies for sustainability
  • Break into the international forestry scene

Is the MIF program right for you?

The MIF program is designed for global citizens and environmental stewards with a desire to upgrade their existing skills and graduate to leadership positions in:

  • International agencies and secretariats
  • Finance institutions
  • Government ministries
  • Environmental NGOs and advocacy groups
  • Forest products enterprises and consulting firms