Master of Urban Forestry Leadership

Lead the way to a future of resilient urban green spaces

The University of British Columbia’s Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) is a comprehensive, 13-month, course-based master’s program that provides an interdisciplinary perspective of urban forestry, with a focus on strategic management, decision-making, and creativity.

MUFL is pending approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. Subscribe for program news and updates.

Why Choose the MUFL?

Cities are facing ever-increasing challenges in preserving and evolving urban forests and green spaces. Demand for urban forestry practitioners who can provide solutions to complex problems will continue to grow with urbanization, climate change, and community needs. This professional degree program produces creative leaders who understand the vital role of urban forests in the future of cities, and can oversee strategic, sustainable forestry projects.

Students in the UBC Forest Sciences CentreStanley Park Seawall (Downtown Vancouver)UBC Vancouver Campus - Looking down Main Mall

Urban Forestry

Understand strategic urban forestry approaches
Learn how to balance the demands on urban forests, and how to apply cutting-edge technologies used in planning, measurement, and assessment.


Become a leader
Acquire the skills to lead interdisciplinary teams and coordinate complex urban forestry projects.

Learn from the best

Learn from the best in the field
Courses are taught by world-class faculty from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry, the UBC Sauder School of Business, and the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

Vancouver skyline

Live in one of the best cities in the world
Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities on the planet, and is home to some of the world’s premier urban forests.

Sign up for updates

The Master of Forestry Leadership is pending approval from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
Sign up below to get program updates, news, and events.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required

Please send me program updates about: *

About your privacy

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), the information contained herein is necessary to the proper administration of lawfully authorized activity. The contact information you submit will be provided to a third party, MailChimp, which will send the emails to you on behalf of the Faculty of Forestry. MailChimp will store your contact information on its server, which is located in the United States. If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information by the Faculty of Forestry, please contact our web communications office at 604-822-1861. For your convenience, a link to MailChimp’s privacy policy and UBC’s privacy policy.

What will you learn?

As an MUFL student, you will begin the 13-month program with a 3-credit online component, followed by 21 course credits to be completed on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The program ends with a 6-credit capstone course that can be done on or off campus, depending on your interests and/or your employer’s needs. The curriculum covers:

  • State-of-the-art urban forest planning and management tools
  • Advanced leadership skills and training (Sauder School of Business)
  • The fundamentals of public policy in an urban forestry context (School of Public Policy and Global Affairs)
  • Modules across the value chain, exposing you to a breadth of knowledge and key experts in the field

As an MUFL graduate, you will be equipped to:

  • Lead urban forestry programs and projects, and coordinate interdisciplinary teams
  • Navigate the political, governance, legal, administrative, and business aspects of urban forestry
  • Connect urban forestry issues to broader government and other agendas
  • Address the specific challenges and opportunities associated with growing trees and other vegetation in urban areas
  • Compile, use, and present information on key aspects of urban forestry, such as urban forest resources, ecosystem services, arboriculture and urban woodland management, and interactions between people and trees to frame its story
  • Engage with communities and other partners in developing and implementing urban forestry programs and projects
  • Find employment in an urban forestry context at the local, national, or international level

Is the MUFL program right for you?

The MUFL program is designed for naturally creative and inquisitive global citizens with a strong interest in sustainability and a desire to serve in a leadership role in building and planning resilient, green urban spaces. The skills taught in this program are suited to people who want to:

  • Understand systems across the urban/rural interface
  • Be knowledgeable about climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Balance social, ecological, and economic demands
  • Be comfortable working with the public and stakeholders
  • Work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Have strong skills in planning as well as forest management
  • Strengthen their career prospects or embark on a new trajectory