Brian Harvey
A plant grows near Mount Rainier after a wildfire

The Master of Forest Resources (MFR) – Forest Management degree is a coursework-based 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 (SAF) and courses taken can be used to satisfy the educational requirements of the SAF’s Candidate Certified Forester (CCF) title.

View the MFR Green Sheet and more SEFS graduate school forms.

PLEASE NOTE: MEH and MFR students do not receive funding from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences upon admission.

Program 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:

  • SEFS 500 Graduate Orientation Seminar (one credit)
  • SEFS 550 Graduate Seminar (three credits)
  • SEFS 526 Advanced Silviculture (three credits)

In-depth topical areas distributed among the four topic areas required for SAF accreditation, at least 36 credits consisting of two courses in each area:

  • Forest Ecology / Biology:
    • SEFS 501 Forest Ecosystems – Community Ecology (five credits)
    • SEFS 507 Soils and Land Use Problems (four credits)
  • Measurement of Forest Resources:
    • SEFS 520 Geographic Information Systems in Forest Resources (five credits)
    • Q SCI 482 Statistical Inference in Applied Research (five credits)
  • Management of Forest Resources:
    • ESRM 425 Ecosystem Management (five credits)
    • ESRM 468 Forest Operations (five credits)
  • Forest Resources Policy, Economics and Administration:
    • SEFS 571 Resource Policy and Administration (five credits)
    • ESRM 465 Economics of Conservation (three credits)
  • Capstone project – independent case study or graduate internship, SEFS 600 or 601 (five credits)
  • 48 credits total

All entering students are required to take the graduate orientation seminar (SEFS 500) 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. Each year, one graduate seminar (SEFS 550) will be devoted to topics of interest to MFR students.

To round out their educational experience, the students conduct a capstone project (five credits) where they bring their skills to bear on a real-life project in collaboration with an outside client. This includes the preparation of a forest management plan. When appropriate, students act as an interdisciplinary team. This capstone course is seen as the crowning experience, preparing students for real-life situations encountered after graduation.

It is expected that all students entering the MFR degree program have previously completed a bachelor of science degree in forestry or a closely related natural resource program. At UW, students enrolled in the ESRM-SFM option will normally meet all course-related entry requirements. For other applicants, some professional forestry coursework included in the SFM option might be required if not previously taken.

Students who have previously taken a course from the ESRM-SFM undergraduate course list cannot use it to satisfy MFR degree requirements. Instead, they must select an alternate, and preferably more advanced, course from the list of directed MFR electives shown below.

List of Approved Directed Electives for MFR:

  • Forest Ecology/Biology
      • ESRM 410 (5) – Forest Soils and Site Productivity
      • ESRM 441 (5) – Landscape Ecology
      • ESRM 450 (5) – Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
      • ESRM 478 (5) – Plant Eco-Physiology
      • SEFS 514 (4) – Advanced Forest Soil Fertility and Chemistry
      • SEFS 535 (3) – Fire Ecology
      • SEFS 541 (5) – Advanced Landscape Ecology
  • Measurement of Forest Resources
      • SEFS 564 (3/5) – Advanced Forest Biometry
      • QSCI 480 (3) – Sampling Theory for Biologists
      • QSCI 483 (5) – Statistical Inference in Applied Research II
      • QSCI 486 (4) – Experimental Design
  • Management of Forest Resources
      • ESRM 403 (4) – Forest and Economic Development in the Developing World
      • ESRM 420 (5) – Wildland Fire Management
      • ESRM 426 (4) – Wildland Hydrology
      • ESRM 428 (5) – Principles of Silviculture and Their Applications
      • ESRM 423 (3) – International Trade, Marketing and the Environment
      • SEFS 528 (3) – International Forestry
      • SEFS 524 (4) – Advanced Wildland Hydrology
  • Forest Resources Policy, Economics and Administration
      • ESRM 400 (3) – Natural Resource Conflict Management
      • PB AF 403 (4) – Professional Leadership

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