M.F. in Forest Management and Operations

Program Description

The primary focus of the program is to provide an opportunity for graduates coming from diverse academic backgrounds with non-forestry baccalaureates to gain a professional education in forestry. As such, the program is designed to be the first professional degree in forestry attained by a student. Graduates will successfully function as professional foresters on multi-disciplinary forest management teams and respond to the challenges related to the sustainable management of local, regional, and global forest resources.

The degree requires 37 graduate credits of coursework, of which at least 24 must be taken in residence at ESF. The degree accredited as a professional forestry program by the Society of American Foresters under Forestry.

The program is open to both students with some prior background in forestry and natural resources, and for those without such background. More than four (4) semesters may be required for students from non-science backgrounds who need additional basic undergraduate coursework as part of their degree program. The MF program is designed for May admission to accommodate a 4-week summer field course.

Focus Areas

  • Forest Manager
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Timberland Investment Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Forest Economist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Forest Health Specialist
  • Land Conservation Manager
  • Urban Forester
  • Forest Carbon Specialist
  • Forest Educator
  • Forest Certification Auditor
  • Research Scientist
  • Arborist

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Forest Manager
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Forest Inventory Analyst
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Forest Ecologist

Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

Bachelor’s Degree

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes