Master of Forestry

Use your bachelor's degree in another field as a springboard to enter the workforce as an accredited forester.

Mark timber stands, determine how much to remove, and plan how to remove it. Work with private and public landowners, including loggers and environmental groups. Join a professional trail crew. Be a forest firefighter. Work as an arborist, climbing, pruning, and treating trees for pests and diseases. Credentialed by the Society of American Foresters, this professional degree—different than a traditional master of science degree—prepares you for a career in forestry working where you want to be: outdoors.

An accelerated option is available to Michigan Tech students pursuing undergraduate forestry degrees.  The current curriculum is for students beginning Fall of 2017.  In order to keep up with accreditation standards, additional degree requirements may be necessary beginning Fall 2018.

Program Strengths and Opportunities

  • Two pathways, 30 hours: Students who have already graduated with an SAF-accredited bachelor's degree enhance their credentials and employability with training in advanced technologies, natural resource policy, business economics, and engineering technologies.
  • Students earning their SAF-accreditation complete the requirements through a comprehensive forestry curriculum including identification of biology of forest vegetation, ecological processes of forests, soil science, remote sensing and GIS, and timber harvesting.
  • Both pathways include a field-based component, including University and community recreational, research, and industrial projects with our Forest and Environmental Resource Management program (aka the FERM).
  • 6,500 feet of lab space, 2,000 of greenhouse, 4,609 acres of research forest.
  • We focus on your ability to use and apply emerging technologies, including remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), statistical modeling, and business principals in forest management situations.
  • Course work is completed in three semesters, with new students starting in fall semester. There is a set curriculum, but many students have flexibility in course selection because they have already satisfied some required courses and skills.
  • Students can include extra classes in their particular field of interest and choose to include a research project.
"Everyone in the Master of Forestry program came from different backgrounds, but we quickly bonded while taking classes together became great friends. (And I mean really different undergraduate degrees: philosophy, law enforcement, ancient languages and archeology, outdoor education, wildlife, environmental science, and of course illustration). "Alexandra Perrier, '16, from her blog Finding Forestry

Funding and Career Opportunities

  • The Dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science provides $1,000 for each accepted student, earned by working on School research projects.
  • Assistantships aren't available, but students are encouraged to apply for scholarships and other funding sources.
  • The forestry and conservation job market is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014-2024, with a median $60,220 annual salary, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Starting salaries range from $35,000-80,000, according to Careers in Forestry and Natural Resources.

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