Brian J. Harvey
A plant grows near Mount Rainier after a wildfire

The Master of Forest Resources (M.F.R.) – 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. Provided that the student has successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in forestry or a closely-related field prior to entering the M.F.R. program, the degree 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 M.F.R. Program of Study Form and more SEFS graduate school forms. Prepare and apply for the M.F.R. program.

PLEASE NOTE: M.F.R. students do not receive funding from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences upon admission.

Program Requirements

The M.F.R. (Forest Management) program is designed to be completed in one calendar year as long as the degree candidate has already taken all courses that are typically required for completion of a bachelor of science degree in forestry or a closely related natural resource program. One example of such typical coursework is the list of courses required for the ESRM-SFM option. Equivalent or similar courses from other programs can be used to satisfy these prerequisites subject to approval of the School. Applicants without past coursework that meet or approximate the ESRM-SFM option, who are qualified otherwise, can still enroll in the M.F.R. program but they might be required to take specific additional courses, thereby extending the minimum time to completion beyond one calendar year.

Planned 400/500 level courses in SEFS 2020-2021

MFR Restricted Elective Courses

Common required coursework:

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

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 M.F.R. 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 M.F.R. 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 M.F.R. degree requirements. Instead, they must select an alternate, and preferably more advanced, course from the list of directed M.F.R. electives.

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