Professional Graduate Programs:
MFR and MEH Degrees
Master of Forest Resources (MFR) Forest Management Degree (SAF-accredited)
The Master of Forest Resources (MFR)-Forest Management degree is a non-thesis degree designed to integrate knowledge and skills from technical disciplines with those from policy and management in ways suitable for professional leadership in the public, non-governmental, and private sectors; to create a collaborative and interdisciplinary learning environment that develops team approaches and leadership skills; and to present experiences needed for complex decision-making and create future managers capable of addressing the issues facing society and industry in the forest resources arena. The degree presumes a bachelor's degree in forestry or closely-related field, and can be completed in one calendar year. The degree program is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. Thus, graduates from the program may choose to apply for the SAF's Candidate Certified Forester (CCF) title since they automatically satisfy the educational requirements.
The MFR (Forest Management) program is designed to be completed in one calendar year. It is a non-thesis program with emphasis on course work to develop the technical and managerial skills required of today's professionals and a capstone experience to reinforce and apply the material learned in the earlier courses. The program is structured into four broad categories:
- Common, required coursework, 4 credits
- In-depth topical areas distributed among the four topic areas required for SAF accreditation, 27 credits
- General education, unrestricted graduate electives, 9 credits
- Capstone - independent study or graduate internship, 5 credits
All entering students are required to take the graduate orientation seminar (SEFS 500), Natural Resource Issues (SEFS 509), and Advanced Silviculture (SEFS 526). If students have not had Principles of Silviculture (ESRM 428) or an equivalent course prior to starting the MFR, they must take this class for a total of nine credits. It is also highly recommended that students take Forest Management and Economics 2 (ESRM 461) and Forest Operations (ESRM 468) to complete their MFR education.
Students will choose relevant course work with the approval and under the supervision of a designated faculty advisor. Each topic area will have a list of courses that have been approved by the faculty.
In addition, students take 9 unrestricted credits to add depth and breadth to their education.
To round out their educational experience, the students conduct a capstone project (5 credits) where they bring their skills to bear on a real-life project in collaboration with an outside client. Where appropriate, they act as an interdisciplinary team. This capstone course is seen as the crowning experience, preparing them for real-life situations they will encounter after graduation.
Forest Management, though it is the name of one of the four topic areas, is also a general enough term to be the appropriate title for the MFR program. There is no "program area" within the option that has the same name. There are four areas of course selection, one of which is called forest management, but the MFR in Forest Management includes requirements in all four topic areas to remain professionally accredited.
Students interested in the Master of Forest Resources (Forest Management) degree may come from different academic backgrounds. Students who have an adequate background in natural or forest resources can proceed directly into the program. Undergraduate students at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences enrolled in the Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management(ESRM) curriculum are advised to follow the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) pathway if they wish to apply to the program. Students without the requisite background would take additional course work as described in the SFM undergraduate emphasis area.
The usual criteria for admission into the Graduate School (GRE, GPA >3.0) are applied. In addition, applicants are expected to have a substantial natural resources background. A group of three faculty reviews each application. In addition to basic admissibility criteria, they assess the applicant's natural resources background and the appropriate path through the program. The applicant is then denied admission, admitted with a requirement that deficiencies will be addressed, or admitted without reservation.
Professor E. David Ford is the Master of Forest Resources (Forest Management) Program Coordinator. He is responsible for recruiting students, coordinating admissions, and maintaining the MFR (Forest Management) curriculum with assistance from the SEFS Curriculum Committee. An Admissions Committee consisting of three faculty members associated with the Program recommend admission and remedial coursework if required. Students in the Program may be advised by any faculty member associated with the MFR (Forest Management) Program and should seek those individuals who expertise best align with their interests. The faculty advisor approves the coursework list selected by the student from the directed and unrestricted electives. Core faculty currently include: Professors Bare, Bradley, Ford, Franklin, Greulich, Harrison, Perez-Garcia, Ryan, and Associate Professors Ettl and Turnblom. Because expertise in forest management is centered in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, it is not expected that faculty from other departments serve as faculty advisors on student committees.
The Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) degree is a non-thesis degree designed for developing and mid-career professionals in environmental horticulture and related fields. It is not recommended for students who plan to continue in academia.
The Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) program requires three to four quarters of course work in addition to two to three quarters of independent project work. A thesis is not required for this program, but the work products must be both a substantial project and a report detailing that project. All requirements of the Graduate School and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences apply. The following courses are program requirements for the MEH degree:
- SEFS 500 Graduate Orientation Seminar
- SEFS 503 Current Issues (must be taken every quarter each academic year)
- SEFS 549 Urban Horticulture Seminar (must be taken each Fall each academic year)
- SEFS 561 Public Presentation in Urban Horticulture
- ESRM 479 Restoration Design (5 cr)
In addition, at least 13 credits must be taken from the following list of courses:
- ESRM 411 Plant Propagation (3 cr)
- ESRM 412 Native Plant Production (3 cr)
- ESRM 415 Biology, Ecology, and Management of Plant Invasions (5 cr)
- ESRM 451 Urban Plant Protection (5 cr)
- ESRM 472 Wetland Ecology and Management (5 cr)
- ESRM 473 Restoration of North American Ecosystems (5 cr)
- ESRM 478 Plant Ecophysiology (5 cr)
- ESRM 480 Selection and Management of Landscape Plants (5 cr)
A formal public presentation and written professional paper are required. MEH students will have a faculty advisor and a committee of three (including the advisor). The advisor, who will be a member of the SEFS faculty, will direct the student on the completion of his/her project, which will be completed as SEFS 601, Internship/Independent Research.
Students must select additional courses in related areas of specialization.