Forestry

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Forestry

Degree Programs

Forest Conservation

​​MFC​

Forestry

​MScF
PhD​

Collaborative Programs

The following collaborative program is available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Environmental Studies
  • Forest Conservation, MFC
  • Forestry, MScF, PhD​

Overview

The Faculty of Forestry offers degree programs leading to the Master of Forest Conservation (MFC), Master of ​Science in Forestry (MScF), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

The Master of Forest Conservation, the Faculty's professio​nally oriented master's degree, is an intensive 16-month course-based program with a strong focus on field and laboratory practical training, Canadian and international field courses, practical internships, and individual and group research. It provides a strong, coherent professional education in forest conservation to students from diverse educational backgrounds.

The Master of Science in Forestry and Doctor of Philosophy programs are research/thesis-based degrees in areas of specialization relevant to faculty expertise and funding including, but not limited to, forest conservation biology and wildlife ecology, forest biosphere science, invasive species and threats to forest health, environmental sustainability of managed forests, fire and ecosystem management, forest conservation planning, sustainable development and economics, political ecology and governance of forests, social and cultural ecology of forest ecosystems, urban forestry, and forest biomaterials science and engineering.

The Faculty considers applicants from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds including forestry; applied science and engineering; and social, physical, and biological sciences.

Contact and Address

Web: www.forestry.utoronto.ca
Email: gradprog@wpine.forestry.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 946-7952
Fax: (416) 978-3834

Faculty of Forestry
University of Toronto
Earth Sciences Centre
33 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B3
Canada

Degree Programs

Forest Conservation

Master of Forest Conservation​

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Forestry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with an average in each of the final two years of at least mid-B. The MFC program is intended for students with a strong undergraduate background in ecology, environmental sciences, forestry, natural sciences, biology, physical geography, geology, agricultural science, or relevant social sciences. Students from other disciplines will be considered by the Faculty but may be advised to take appropriate background courses prior to admission.

  • Additional documentation must be submitted to the department with the completed application form, including transcripts, three references, a letter of interest in the MFC program, and a resumé. Full instructions and forms are available at the Faculty's website.

Program Requirements

  • The program starts in September and requires full-time intensive involvement throughout. It is also possible to complete the MFC degree through full-time, extended full-time, or part-time studies. Information on specific course requirements is included on the Facu​lty's website.

  • Full-time students can elect an extended full-time (EFT) option. Under this option, students are allowed an extra year to complete their studies while paying the same academic fees as regular full-time students. Students would, however, pay full-time incidental fees for each year of registration. EFT option students must complete FOR 3000H, FOR 3001H, and FOR 3012H in their first session. The remaining MFC course requirements can be completed in any order except that FOR 3007H must be taken before FOR 3008H.

  • Part-time students are required to register for FOR 3001H Biodiversity of Forest Organisms and FOR 3012H Analytical Methods in Forestry in the Fall session of Year 1. They must complete a minimum of three full-course equivalents (FCEs) of core courses prior to registering for FOR 3007H Internship in Forest Conservation and FOR 3011H International Forest Conservation Field Camp.

  • A total of 7.5 FCEs as follows: 6.0 FCEs in FOR courses plus 1.5 elective FCEs. Elective course selection will include the successful completion of one field course (0.5 FCE) from either FOR 3011H, FOR 1585H, or another related field course appropriate to the program and approved by the Graduate Coordinator. Students may take the remaining 1.0 elective FCE in any session of their program.

  • MFC requirements and expected chronology for regular full-time students:

    • ​​​​Year 1: Fall

      • ​​​FOR 3000H Current Issues in Forest Conservation

      • FOR 3001H Biodiversity of Forest Organisms

      • FOR 3002H Applied Forest Ecology and Silviculture

      • FOR 3003H Economics of Forest Ecosystems

      • FOR 3012H Analytical Methods in Forestry

    • Year 1: Spring

      • ​​FOR 3004H Forest Management Decision Support Systems

      • FOR 3005H Stresses in the Forest Environment

      • FOR 3009H Forest Conservation Biology

      • FOR 3010H Society and Forest Conservation

    • ​​​​Year 1: Summer

      • ​​​FOR 3007H Internship in Forest Conservation

      • FOR 3011H International Forest Conservation Field Camp or

      • FOR 1585H Urban Forest Conservation Field Camp or alternate eligible field course

    • ​​Year 2: Fall

      • ​​​FOR 3006H Case Study Analysis in Forest Management

      • FOR 3008H Capstone Project in Forest Conservation

  • Students may take the remaining 1.0 elective FCE in any session of their program for a total program requirement of 7.5 FCEs.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F);
7 sessions extended full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S/F);
12 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time


Forestry

Master of Science in Forestry

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Forestry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with a final-year average of at least mid-B. A minimum of B+ is required for the collaborative program.

  • Additional documentation must be submitted to the department with a completed application form, including transcripts, three references, a letter of intent, a resumé, and a writing sample. Full instructions and forms are available via the Faculty's website.

Program Requirements

  • The program is prepared by the student in consultation with a supervisory committee and must be approved in sequence by the supervisory committee, the Graduate Committee of the Faculty of Forestry, and the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Under exceptional circumstances, a part-time program may be arranged on application to and approval by the Faculty of Forestry and the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Minimal requirements for this degree are:

    • ​​​12 months of residence including two academic sessions.

    • 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) as follows:

      • ​​FOR 1001H Graduate Seminar plus

      • 0.5 FCE elective.

      • Depending on the student's background, additional or alternative coursework may be required.

    • The preparation of a research thesis of acceptable quality and its oral defence.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time


​Doctor of Philosophy​

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Faculty of Forestry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Applicants are admitted to the four-year PhD program via one of three routes:

    1. Master's degree: an appropriate master's degree from a recognized university with at least an A- standing, in a discipline appropriate to the intended field of doctoral study and research.

    2. Direct entry: in exceptional circumstances, an extraordinarily strong applicant with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

    3. Transfer from MScF to PhD: under certain specific conditions, outstanding registered MScF students may be considered by the end of their first year in the MScF program for transfer to the PhD program.

  • Applicants must submit additional documentation to the department with completed application form, including transcripts, three references, a letter of intent, a resumé, and a writing sample. Full instructions and forms are available via the Faculty's website​​.

Program Requirements

​​Minimum PhD program requirements (master's degree, direct entry, and transfer admission categories):

  • 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • A minimum of three required half courses (1.5 FCEs) must be taken. Transfer students can use courses completed towards meeting MScF program requirements to meet this requirement. Depending on the student's background and academic goals, additional or alternative coursework may be required by the student's supervisory committee, including courses outside the Faculty of Forestry.

    • FOR 1001H Graduate Seminar (0.5 FCE). Transfer students require credit for FOR 1001H only once.

  • Successful completion of a qualifying appraisal examination. The examination will be oral and will ordinarily be taken prior to the completion of 16 months in the program. There are three possible outcomes: pass, decision deferred pending supplementary undertakings, or unsatisfactory. If there is more than one negative vote, the outcome will be judged unsatisfactory. Students are permitted one further attempt.

  • Preparation and defence of a thesis that is an original and independent research work adding signifi​cantly to the existing body of knowledge.

  • A full-time commitment is expected for a minimum of the first two years in the forestry program.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years direct-entry; 5 years transfer-from-master's

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years direct-entry; 7 years transfer-from-master's


Course List

The Faculty of Forestry offers the following courses. Courses in the 3000 number series are expected to be offered each year; 1000-level courses may be withdrawn in any particular year, depending on student interest/need and departmental resources. Students should consult the departmental website each session to confirm availability. A maximum of one directed studies course taken with a student's supervisor can be credited towards meeting departmental degree program requirements.

FOR 1001H0 Graduate Seminar (Credit/No Credit)
FOR 1270H Forest Biomaterial Sciences: Fundamentals, Applications, and the Next Frontier​​
FOR 1288H​ Design and Manufacturing of Biomaterials​​
FOR 1294H​​Bioenergy and Biorefinery Technology
​FOR 1412HNatural Resource Management I (Directed Studies Course)
FOR 1413HNatural Resource Management II (Directed Studies Course)
FOR 1416HForest Fire Danger Rating
​​FOR 1575H Urban Forest Conservation
FOR 1585HUrban Forest Conservation Field Camp
JFG 1610HSustainable Forest Management and Certification
FOR 1900HAdvanced Topics in Forestry I (Directed Studies Course)
FOR 1901H Advanced Topics in Forestry II (Directed Studies Course)
FOR 3000HCurrent Issues in Forest Conservation
FOR 3001H Biodiversity of Forest Organisms
FOR 3002HApplied Forest Ecology and Silviculture
FOR 3003HEconomics of Forest Ecosystems
FOR 3004HForest Management Decision Support Systems
FOR 3005HStresses in the Forest ​Environment
FOR 3006HCase Study Analysis in Forest Management
FOR 3007H+Internship in Forest Conservation (Credit/ No Credit)
FOR 3008HCapstone Project in Forest Conservation
FOR 3009H Forest Conservation Biology
FOR 3010HSociety and Forest Conservation
FOR 3011HInternational Forest Conservation Field Camp (Credit/No Credit)
FOR 3012H ​Analytical Methods in Forestry

​0 Course that may continue over a program. The co​urse is graded when completed.

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.


Graduate Faculty

Full Members

​Allison, Jeremy D. - PhD
Carleton, Terence - BSc, MSc, PhD
Caspersen, John - BA, PhD
Kant, Shashi - BE, MA, PhD
Malcolm, Jay - BSc, MSc, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Martell, David - BASc, MASc, PhD
Price, Anthony - BSc, MSc, PhD
Sain, Mohini - PhD (Dean)
Singh, Neera - BSc, MF, PhD
Smith, C.Tattersall - BA, MS, PhD
Smith, Sandy - BAgrSc, MSc, PhD
Thomas, Sean - BA, PhD
Wotton, Brian Michael - BSc, PhD
Yan, Ning - BSc, PhD, PEng

Members Emeriti

Aird, Paul - BSc, MS, PhD
Balatinecz, John - BSF, MF, PhD
Blake, Terence - DipFor, BScF, STB, MF, PhD
Bryan, Rorke - BA, PhD
Hubbes, Martin - PhD
Nautiyal, Jagdish - BSc, MF, PhD
Roy, Dibyendu - BSc, MA, DPhil
Timmer, Victor - BScF, MScF, PhD​

Associate Members

Bourchier, Robert - BA, MSc, PhD
Couto, Laercio - PhD
de Groot, W.J. - BSc, PhD
Feng, Martin W. - MSc
Flannigan, Mike - BSc, MS, PhD
Jaffer, Shaffiq - BSChE, PhD
Jones, Trevor A - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kayahara, Gordon John - MSc, PhD
Kenney, Andrew - BSc, MSc, PhD
Kuhlberg, Mark - MA, PhD
Maynard, Alex - BA, MA, MPH, PhD
McKenney, Daniel - BSc, MSc, PhD
Moola, Faisal - BSc, MSc, PhD
Morris, Dave - BScF, MSc, PhD
Nanang, David - BSc, MScF, PhD
Nayak, Sanjay K. - BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc
Nol, Erica - BS, MSc, PhD
Oksman, Kristiina - MSc, PhD
Peng, Changhui - BSc, PhD
Pinto, Fred - BScF, MScF
Richards, Evelyn - BSc, MSc, PhD
Singh, Ashbindu - PhD
Smith, Margaret Anne (Peggy) - BSc, PhD
Tenkate, Thomas - BASc, MASc, PhD
Thompson, Ian D. - BSc, MSc, PhD
Tjong, Jimi - BASc, MASc, PhD
Vanderwel, Mark C. - BSc, MScF, PhD
Webster, Kara L. - BSc, MSc, PhD
White, William A. - BSc, MA, PhD
Wilson, Edward - BScF, BScF, BScF