College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2014-2015
Forestry, Master of Forestry
What Can I Do with a Master of Forestry in Forestry?
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.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Policy analyst
- Forestry consultant
- Forest manager
- Research assistant
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.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||33|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Comprehensive Exam||Comprehensive Exam is required.
|Progression Plan Link||View Program of Study|
Student Learning Outcomes
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. Through our non-thesis degree, based primarily on course work 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.
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.
Core Courses (8-9 units)
At least one course from each of the following concentrations:
- 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 (15-16 units)
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, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units 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.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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