Forestry, Master of Forestry
- Available Emphasis Areas:
- Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology - Emphasis (ending Summer 2020)
Here, you will prepare for a career as a multi-resource forest manager. This degree is for you if you desire advanced training in Forestry, but don’t want to focus on research. You will have the freedom to select courses tailored to your personal interests, in addition to core courses. You will also work extensively to hone your written and oral communication skills, so that you can advance in today’s ever-changing job market.
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With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Policy analyst
- Forestry consultant
- Forest manager
- Research assistant
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To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
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The Master of Forestry (MF) degree is intended for students wishing to pursue professional careers in the management and policy of forest resources for public, private, and non-profit sectors.
Student Learning Outcomes
Through our non-thesis degree, based primarily on coursework and a project designed with the guidance of your advisor to address a challenge or problem in forestry, our students graduate with the following competencies:
- A thorough understanding of fundamental knowledge that supports forest management in the areas of forest ecosystem science, forest management sciences and economics, and forest social sciences. This understanding includes familiarity with major theories, areas of agreement and controversy, significant challenges, and leading edges of forest ecosystem science, forest management sciences and economics, and forest social sciences.
- An understanding of professional ethics, particularly the ability to examine how ethical issues frame decisions concerning the management of forested land.
- Ability to effectively communicate in oral presentations, writing, and using posters to forestry professionals and the general public (i.e., technical and non-technical audiences) about major theories, areas of agreement and controversy, significant challenges, and leading edges of forest management science and the practice of forestry.
- Ability to perform and interpret complex quantitative analyses to evaluate trends and effects in data.
- Ability to produce new insights, tools, or approaches about forest management based on integration, synthesis, and analysis of knowledge and data; and to succinctly articulate these new insights, tools, or approaches in oral presentations and in polished writing aimed at forestry professionals and the general public. This competency will be demonstrated by completion of a professional paper.
The EECB emphasis provides the opportunity for students in the Forestry M.F. Program to specialize in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. Students completing the EECB emphasis will have the following competencies:
- A solid understanding of the history and conceptual and theoretical foundations of ecology
- Knowledge of current and emerging topics in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, and ability to discuss these topics with peers and experts
- Two of three listed below:
- Understanding of and ability to use quantitative research approaches in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology
- Understanding of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at physiological, population, and community scales
- Understanding of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology at ecosystem and global scales
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- GRE® revised General Test
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Prerequisites (may be completed concurrently with the program)
- 15 hours of Forestry coursework
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of research interests
- All applicants should make contact with potential faculty members in the department BEFORE APPLYING.
Take the following 33 units, as well as any required remedial coursework, chosen with guidance from your faculty advisor. Please note that of these 33 units, at least 17 must be in FOR courses.
At least one course from each of the following areas (8-9 units):
- STA 570 or one 3-unit graduate course with significant content in statistics (3 units)
- FOR 505, FOR 692 (3 units)
- FOR 689: Please note that this requirement involves preparing a professional paper on a subject related to management as a capstone integrating experience. This paper meets Northern Arizona University's requirement for a written comprehensive exam (3 units)
- Electives which may include the Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Emphasis-see below (15-16 units)
Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology Emphasis:
- Quantitative: BIO 523, BIO 567, BIO 580, BIO 682, FOR 606, (EES 529 or GSP 529), or other graduate-level coursework in quantitative ecology at NAU, guided and approved by advisor input
- Physiological/ population/ community: BIO 570, BIO 568, BIO 571, BIO 573, BIO 663, BIO 673, ENV 540, FOR 504, FOR 517, FOR 520, FOR 543, FOR 545, FOR 550, FOR 551, FOR 552, FOR 553, FOR 560, FOR 580, FOR 582, FOR 604, or other graduate-level coursework in physiological, population, or community ecology at NAU, guided and approved by advisor input
- Ecosystem/global: (BIO 507 or FOR 507), BIO 578, ENV 571, FOR 515, FOR 521, FOR 544, or other graduate-level coursework in ecosystem/global ecology at NAU, guided and approved by advisor input
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. Departments may allow students to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by approving up to 12 units applicable toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.