The Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) is a 9-month, course-based master’s program that prepares students for careers as forestry professionals and sets the stage for life-long learning. The program begins in August and consists of field-work experience as well as course work, with students completing graduation requirements the following April. Students in the MSFM program come from various backgrounds with bachelor degrees in ecology, physical geography, environmental sciences, forestry or allied disciplines.
The MSFM provides advanced study in natural resource stewardship. Program components include: tree and stand dynamics, forest to landscape: structure and function, forest management, economics and administration of forestry, leadership skills, communication and critical reasoning, information acquisition and analysis, professionalism and ethics.
The MSFM is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB). This enables graduates to apply to become Registered Professional Foresters (RPF) with member agencies of the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations (CFPFA), including the Association of BC Forest Professionals.
The MSFM program is a candidate for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The US Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes the SAF as the specialized accrediting body for forestry and natural resources education in the United States and Canada.