Accelerated Master of Forestry

An accelerated master's program available to Michigan Tech students—complete the requirements with 30 credits beyond an undergraduate degree.

Earn a master's degree from Michigan Tech with one additional year of study beyond your bachelor's degree in forestry.

Selective timber harvesting. Reforestation, forest restoration, inventory, and health. Remote sensing. Managing forests, and all the services they provide for now, and the future. This professional degree expands your qualifications and experience in mapping, analyzing, managing, and communicating forest and environmental resources issues. To identify And to work where you want to be: outdoors.

This program is offered only as a coursework option—no thesis or report.

Program Strengths and Opportunities

  • Enhance your SAF credentials with training in advanced technologies, natural resource policy, business economics, and engineering technologies.
  • Save time and tuition dollars earning your graduate degree.
  • Maintain continuity with facilities, faculty, and colleagues.
"Graduating with strong field skills and a mastery of emerging technologies, problem-solving, leadership, and organizational abilities, makes our students ready from day one to be in the woods and highly marketable to employers."Tara Bal, Master of Forestry Program Director

Funding Opportunities

  • We work one-on-one to match students with funding that fits your needs, including assistantships and grants. Talk to us.
  • Qualify to receive scholarships and financial aid while you have both undergraduate and graduate student status (based on eligibility).
  • Michigan Tech Graduate School has a graduate tuition grant program you can apply for. A weekly email bulletin announces available scholarships and numerous other opportunities.

How to Get Started

During your junior year, talk to the Master of Forestry program director and your academic advisor to ensure you’re on 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 MF Requirements

Credit Requirements

A minimum of 150 credits must be completed for the combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

  • 30 credits are required for the master’s degree.
  • 6 credits may be applied to both the bachelor’s and master’s degree. Prior to completing the master’s, students must indicate on their master’s degree schedule which undergraduate-level courses and credits (up to 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.
  • 4 of the remaining 24 credits can be completed as an undergraduate under senior rule, but the credits cannot be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

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 toward these 12 credits if they are at the 3000 or 4000 level.

For specific requirements of this graduate program please see the CFRES Graduate Handbook

GPA Requirements

Only students in good academic standing, as defined by the Graduate School, are eligible to enter the accelerated MS program. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.