The Master of Forestry Degree

Degree Overview

The Master of Forestry (M.F.) degree is a non-thesis degree designed to meet the continuing education and promotion needs of working professionals.  This degree typically takes 12-15 months to complete and requires the student work on a capstone project.

Please note: The M.F. is considered a professional degree rather than a research degree. This degree will usually not meet the requirements of Ph.D. programs requiring a prior M.S. degree. If you are interested in research degrees being offered by the department, please explore our research degree offerings here.

Student in forestMaster of Forestry in Forest Biology

Management of natural resources is an increasingly complex and technical undertaking. In some cases, breadth or depth of specialization beyond the B.S. degree is required or is highly desirable in entry-level professional forestry positions or for advancement in non-research professional forestry positions. The M.F. in Forest Biology program emphasizes graduate course work in one of five areas of emphasis in forest biology, with supporting work in another area. The program can be completed in 12 months, but it may be extended in accordance with personal needs and the policies of the OSU Graduate School.

ForestMaster of Forestry in Silviculture

The M.F. in Silviculture program provides graduate-level preparation in the full range of disciplines essential for analyzing opportunities, solving problems, and making decisions in silviculture and forest resource management. Graduates from this program must demonstrate competence in the preparation of well-documented silvicultural prescriptions and in the supervision of prescription implementation. The program also provides the background for sustained career development in forest resource management.

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