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He plants trees to benefit another generation. —Caecilius Statius

Forestry—MForestry, MS

Fast Facts

  • Faculty in the School are among the most productive in the nation, according to independent studies published in the Journal of Forestry and released by Academic Analytics.
  • In 2007, our PhD in Forest Science was ranked fourth in the nation by Academic Analytics.
  • Michigan Tech leads the world’s longest study on predator-prey relationships, the fifty-year investigation of wolves and moose on Isle Royale.
  • The School is ranked in the top 10 percent in conservation biology research productivity among academic institutions in the United States and Canada.
  • Michigan Tech leads the Aspen FACE (Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) experiment, a long-term study of the effects of ozone and carbon dioxide on northern forests.
  • The School has been designated a Regional Center for Global Climate Change by the US Department of Energy.

Learn more about the Master of Forestry program.

Learn more about the research opportunities in the Forestry MS program.

Graduate Programs in Forestry

Michigan Tech’s graduate programs in forest science and ecology stress understanding of ecosystem and organismal functions. Research areas range from climate change and invasive species to carbon production and the dynamics of wildlife and insect populations. Areas of study include forest ecology, forest soils, silviculture, tree improvement, forest wildlife ecology and management, economics, forest inventory, geographic information systems, growth and yield, wood science, and forest biology.

The Master of Forestry (MF) is designed to allow students who have done well as undergraduates in another field to redirect their career and become a forester. Current Michigan Tech undergraduate students can earn an MF degree with just a single year of study beyond the BS through the Accelerated Master's Program. The MF is a professional degree rather than a traditional Master of Science (MS) degree, and is designed to prepare you for a career in forestry.

In addition to providing a hands-on, experimental graduate education, the School also offers one of the strongest Peace Corps Master's International graduate forestry programs in the country.

The 4,600-acre Ford Center and Research Forest supports diverse research projects, including northern hardwoods stocking level studies, regeneration and establishment of eastern hemlock, gradient studies, carbon sequestration, soil warming, and genetic diversity.

Master's Degree: Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. 

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project:

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)12 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits

 

Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum numbers of credits listed here.

Master's Degree: Course Work Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the graduate program director. 

A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:

Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 series (minimum)18 credits
3000–4000 level (maximum)12 credits