Master of Forestry

Advanced education in forest management without a thesis

A great place to study forestry

What better place to study forestry than Flagstaff? The university is:

  • located in the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest
  • 80 miles from Grand Canyon National Park
  • 30 miles from red rock country along the Mogollon Rim

To enhance your education, our campus also offers:

  • excellent computing facilities
  • a School Forest of approximately 47,000 acres
  • modern lab facilities

Who should apply?

Motivated people looking for:

  • preparation for a career as a multi-resource forest manager
  • advanced training in Forestry without a research focus
  • a non-traditional (no thesis) master’s degree option
  • development of both oral and written communication skills

How long does the program take and when can I start?

Normally, it will take you two calendar years of academic work to complete the degree. You may begin in either the fall or spring term.

If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in forestry

You’re still eligible for admission to our graduate program; however, you must take 15 hours of remedial coursework in forestry after being admitted.

Admissions requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in all college and university work
  • GRE scores
  • If English is not your native language:
    a score of at least 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
    550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    213 on the computer based TOEFL

Faculty mentors/advisors

For the MF degree, we will attempt to recruit a faculty advisor for each qualified applicant. We encourage you to contact individual faculty regarding advising and to list on your application up to three faculty members you would prefer to have as your advisor. Faculty members interested in advising new MF students in the next year include:

  • James Allen (wetlands, restoration, international forestry)
  • David Auty (wood science and utilization, forest products, wood properties modeling and simulation, links between forest management and wood quality)
  • Paul Beier (wildlife ecology)
  • Mathew Bowker (community and ecosystem ecology of soils; restoration ecology; biological crusts and mycorrhizas)
  • Stephen Dewhurst (geographic information systems, forestry and natural resources policy)
  • Bruce Fox (forest management, forest operations)
  • Peter Fulé (fire ecology)
  • Richard Hofstetter (community ecology, population dynamics, tritrophic interaction, symbioses and insect acoustics)
  • Denver Hospodarsky (human dimensions in ecosystem management, institutional arrangements in resource management)
  • Ching-Hsun Huang (forest economics, natural resource economics, carbon sequestration, ecosystem services)
  • Martha Lee (wildland recreation, survey sampling, visitor perceptions)
  • Thomas Kolb (climate change and forests, tree physiology)
  • Robert Mathiasen (forest health, tree diseases)
  • Margaret Moore (plant community ecology)
  • Andrew Sanchez-Meador (forest biometrics, ecological restoration, applied sampling, spatial and temporal analysis techniques, vegetation dynamics and demographic modeling, computer science and applications of remote sensing)
  • Aregai Tecle (forest hydrology, water resources, multiresource management, climate change)
  • Andrea Thode (fire, fuels management)
  • Kristen Waring (silviculture, forest stand dynamics, forest health, management of introduced pests)

More information

For more information on the degree, check out the School of Forestry Graduate Handbook and the NAU Catalog description of the degree.

Apply now

To apply to our graduate programs, you must:

  1. apply to the Graduate College 
  2. mail the following materials directly to:
  3. Postal Mail
    Graduate Coordinator
    NAU School of Forestry
    P.O. Box 15018
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018

    Graduate Coordinator
    NAU School of Forestry
    200 East Pine Knoll Drive
    Room 116
    Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5018

    • three letters of recommendation are required as part of the online application.
    • statement of research interests and professional/career goals (250 to 500 words in length)—this may also be submitted with the online application
    • resume—this may also be submitted with the online application
  4. You also must arrange to have these items sent to the Graduate College 
    • official transcripts (by postal mail)
    • official GRE scores (electronically)

Late applications

Applications received after the due date will only be considered after full consideration of completed applications received by the deadline.