Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM)


The Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) is a 9-month, course-based master’s program that prepares students for careers as forestry professionals and sets the stage for life-long learning. The program begins in August and consists of field-work experience as well as course work, with students completing graduation requirements the following April. Students in the MSFM program come from various backgrounds with bachelor degrees in ecology, physical geography, environmental sciences, forestry or allied disciplines. 

The MSFM provides advanced study in natural resource stewardship. Program components include: tree and stand dynamics, forest to landscape: structure and function, forest management, economics and administration of forestry, leadership skills, communication and critical reasoning, information acquisition and analysis, professionalism and ethics.

What makes the program unique?

The MSFM is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB). This enables graduates to apply to become Registered Professional Foresters (RPF) with member agencies of the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations (CFPFA), including the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

The MSFM program is also accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). MSFM graduates meet the education requirements for the SAF Certified Forester® credential, as well as the education requirements for those US states in which foresters are required to be licensed or registered. Individual states may have additional experience and licensing exam requirements.

Quick Facts

Master of Sustainable Forest Management
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Program Components
Coursework only



TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement


IELTS Overall Score Requirement


GRE required?

Not required

Prior degree requirements

Bachelor in a related field.

Prerequisites / Course Requirements

Applicants must have a science-based academic background with prior course work in principles of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, introductory statistics, ecology and economics.

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

July 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
07 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020
Transcript Deadline: 20 March 2020
Referee Deadline: 27 March 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020
Transcript Deadline: 20 March 2020
Referee Deadline: 27 March 2020

Career Options

The MSFM curriculum is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, and by the Society of American Foresters. With real world experience and hands-on projects, graduates of the MSFM program are well positioned for employment. After graduation, you will know how to design and implement site and landscape level plans that integrate the environmental, social and economic components of sustainability. Graduates are now employed in both the public and private sector, primarily in Western Canada. Read about recent graduates who have gained employment directly after finishing the program; some students received offers before the end of the program.

Alumni on Success

Dan Macmaster

Job Title
Fibre Manager and Head of Forestry
Vaagen Fibre Canada

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$6,222.04$11,049.79
Program Fee$18,666.12$33,149.37
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) Not applicable
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)
Deposit requirement$1000.00$1000.00
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations2225181620
Total enrolment2225201620
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots.

July 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
07 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
13 March 2020
International Applicant Deadline
13 March 2020

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