Accelerated Master of Forestry Program
The accelerated Master of Forestry (MF) program is designed for students who want to earn both a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a master’s degree in forestry from Michigan Tech. This program allows students to earn a course work-only master's degree with just a single year of study beyond completion of the bachelor's degree.
Currently, the accelerated program provides enhanced training in advanced technologies (GIS, remote sensing, and statistics); soon, students will have the ability to select other areas of focus.
A graduate degree opens many doors and enhances your professional options. In addition, the accelerated MF program offers students many unique benefits:
- Receive enhanced training and develop specialized skills.
- Decrease the time to earn a graduate degree.
- Save tuition dollars.
- Qualify to receive scholarships and financial aid, while you have both undergraduate and graduate student status (upon eligibility).
- Maintain continuity with facilities, faculty, and student colleagues.
- Gain a competitive edge in job markets and increase your earning potential.
How to get started
During your junior year, talk to the MF coordinator or your academic advisor to ensure you’re on the right track for meeting graduate school prerequisites and degree requirements. Apply early to start taking classes and meeting your degree requirements during your senior year. All admissions standards for the Graduate School apply.
Accelerated Master of Forestry Program Requirements
- All admissions standards for graduate school apply. Students must apply to and be accepted by the Michigan Tech Graduate School.
- The maximum time to degree for students in an accelerated master’s program is 5 years from the time the student is accepted into the program.
- Students can apply for admission to an accelerated master’s program at any time after they attain sophomore-level class standing and up until they are awarded their bachelor’s degree.
- Students will be considered undergraduates for the purposes of financial aid, tuition, and class standing until their undergraduate degree has been awarded. Once students are awarded their undergraduate degree, they will be considered graduate students for the purposes of financial aid and tuition.
A minimum of 150 credits must be completed for the combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
- A total of 30 credits are required for the master’s degree
- A total of 6 may be applied to both the bachelor’s and master’s degree
- A total of 4 of the remaining 24 credits may be completed while an undergraduate under senior rule, but these credits cannot be applied toward the bachelor’s degree. Prior to completion of the master’s degree, students must indicate on their master’s degree schedule which undergraduate-level courses and credits (up to a maximum of 6), should be applied to both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. These classes will be 3000 or 4000 level classes required of the undergraduate forestry major.
- For Advanced Technologies, it is anticipated that the 6 credits applied to both degrees will be FW3540 (Introduction to GIS, 4 credits) and FW4140 (Vegetation modeling, 2 credits), though other classes from the undergraduate major would also be acceptable.
This program is offered only as a coursework option, requiring no thesis or report. Under this option, up to 12 credits of the 30 credit total may be at the 3000 or 4000 level. The 6 credits counted for both the bachelor’s and master’s degree count towards these 12 credits if they are at the 3000 or 4000 level.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
The Graduate School has a graduate tuition grant program that students can apply for. A weekly bulletin is emailed to students announcing available scholarships and numerous other opportunities that we strive to match with students during their time here.