College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014


Forestry, Master of Science in Forestry

Our traditional thesis option is an individually tailored plan of study that gives you experience in carrying out the kind of research you can expect to do throughout your professional career. This academic plan normally requires two calendar years of academic work that you may begin in either Fall or Spring term.


What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Forestry in Forestry?

Are you happiest when you’re outdoors? Would you like to protect the environment for future generations? Do you want to change the world through research? If so, Northern Arizona University can help.

By pursuing an MSF in Forestry, you will acquire the skills to become a forestry researcher and help shape the future of the field. Here, you can delve more deeply into all aspects of forest ecosystems and their management: doing so can also help prepare you for a career in the private sector or with a public land management agency. You will also have the freedom to individually tailor a plan of study that gives you experience in carrying out the kind of research you expect to do throughout your professional career.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Research assistant
  • Forestry consultant
  • Forest manager
  • Policy analyst

University Requirements

  • 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.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 32
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Thesis Thesis is required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Research Individualized research is required.


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.
    • Transcripts
    • 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. 
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 32 units, as well as any required remedial coursework:

    Select from the following (6 units):
    Select coursework chosen in consultation with your major professor and thesis committee (12 units):
    • Which must include at least 6 units of formal course work (i.e., courses other than individualized studies, directed readings, and research)
    • FOR 699, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis. Please note that you may end up taking more than the 8 units of thesis credit you can count toward your degree because you must enroll for it each term while you are working on your thesis. (8 units)

  • 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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