Forest Conservation

Program Overview

Forestry provides a focused lens through which to understand, influence and practice sustainable resource management. A degree in forestry (MScF and PhD) or Forest Conservation (MFC) leads you into careers which have a profound impact on the sustainability of human, social and economic systems. The Master of Forest Conservation (MFC) program is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board. Careers requiring a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) are possible with an MFC degree. If you are looking for an innovative, interdisciplinary course-based program that includes a guaranteed internship, the MFC program could be for you!


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MFC:

15-Apr-2020

MFC:

15-Apr-2020

Supporting documents deadline MFC:

30-Apr-2020

MFC:

30-Apr-2020

Minimum admission average MFC:

Mid-B in each of the final two years of bachelor’s

MFC:

Mid-B in each of the final two years of bachelor’s

Program length (full-time only) MFC:

4 sessions

MFC:

4 sessions


Master of Forest Conservation​

Program Description

The professionally oriented MFC 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 MFC program can be taken on a full-time, extended full-time, or part-time basis.
 

Full-Time Option

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.

  • 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. See the full instructions and forms.

Program Requirements

  • The program starts in September and requires full-time intensive involvement throughout.

  • Successful completion of 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 6.0 required FCEs in FOR courses.

    • 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, in unusual circumstances, another related field course appropriate to the program and approved by the graduate coordinator.

  • Expected chronology:

    • ​​​​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, in unusual circumstances, alternate eligible field course (0.5 elective FCE)

    • ​​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 (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

Time Limit

3 years
 

Extended Full-Time Option

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.

  • 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. See the full instructions and forms.

Program Requirements

  • 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 in the final Summer session and FOR 3008H must be taken in the final Fall session.

  • Successful completion of 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 6.0 required FCEs in FOR courses

      • 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

      • ​​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

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

      • FOR 3007H Internship in Forest Conservation

      • FOR 3008H Capstone Project in Forest Conservation

    • 1.5 elective FCEs:

      • Elective course selection will include the successful completion of one field course (0.5 FCE) from either FOR 3011H International Forest Conservation Field Camp or FOR 1585H Urban Forest Conservation Field Camp or, in unusual circumstances, 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.

Program Length

7 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S/F);

Time Limit

3 years
 

Part-Time Option

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.

  • 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. See the full instructions and forms.

Program Requirements

  • Part-time students must 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 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) of core courses prior to registering for FOR 3011H International Forest Conservation Field Camp. The remaining MFC course requirements can be completed in any order except that FOR 3007H must be taken in the final Summer session and FOR 3008H must be taken in the final Fall session.

  • Successful completion of 7.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 6.0 FCEs in FOR courses:

      • 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

      • ​​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

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

      • FOR 3007H Internship in Forest Conservation

      • FOR 3008H Capstone Project in Forest Conservation

    • 1.5 elective FCEs:

      • Elective course selection will include the successful completion of one field course (0.5 FCE) from either FOR 3011H International Forest Conservation Field Camp or FOR 1585H Urban Forest Conservation Field Camp or, in unusual circumstances, 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.

​​​​​​Program Length

12 sessions

Time Limit

6 years

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