Overview

Forestry graduate students learn from a dynamic and diverse group of researchers who educate and communicate how forests and the products that are created from them contribute to the well-being of all living things. The health and sustainability of forests and the people who depend on them underlies everything we do. We are among the best institutions globally in forest-related education and research and are also unique in the breadth of expertise we possess, which allows us to integrate new knowledge across many disciplines.

PhD in Forestry students can be found all over the world; they are important ambassadors for UBC Forestry and demonstrate just how diverse and international in scope the research is that is undertaken in our Faculty. We have approximately 130 doctoral students in any given year, which is about 40% of our total Forestry graduate student population. In addition to being part of the Faculty of Forestry, PhD students are also considered members of one of our three Faculty departments, based on their supervisor's affiliation.

What makes the program unique?

The Faculty of Forestry offers excellent courses and cutting edge research across a spectrum of disciplines related to forestry, and opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Graduate students work with leading scientists in state-of-the-art facilities within the Forest Sciences Centre and at any of two research forests. 

We are one of the largest graduate units on campus, with over 300 students enrolled in our 7 degree programs. We attract students from around the world, with over 40 countries represented in our community. Given the global nature of modern forestry, the experience our students gain by working with colleagues from around the world is a subtle but effective means of creating the global citizens that UBC aspires to produce.

 

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Agriculture and Forestry
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Forestry
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Forestry

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Program Enquiries

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
23
24
23
22

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervisor commitment required prior to application?

Yes

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.

May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
03 June 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 November 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 November 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 March 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 March 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 March 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 March 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 March 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 March 2020

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
03 February 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 July 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 July 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 July 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 July 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 July 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 July 2020

May 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 June 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 November 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 November 2020
Transcript Deadline: 15 November 2020
Referee Deadline: 15 November 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 March 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 March 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 March 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 March 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 March 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 March 2021

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

154 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 2 are in non-salaried situations; for 12 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 140 graduates:


RI (Research-Intensive) Faculty: typically tenure-track faculty positions (equivalent of the North American Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor positions) in PhD-granting institutions
TI (Teaching-Intensive) Faculty: typically full-time faculty positions in colleges or in institutions not granting PhDs, and teaching faculty at PhD-granting institutions
Term Faculty: faculty in term appointments (e.g. sessional lecturers, visiting assistant professors, etc.)
Sample Employers in Higher Education
University of British Columbia (12)
University of California - Davis (2)
University of New Mexico (2)
University of Toronto (2)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (2)
University of Waterloo (2)
University of Alabama
Oklahoma State University
Okanagan College
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST)
Sample Employers Outside Higher Education
FPInnovations (6)
Government of British Columbia (3)
Government of Canada (3)
United States Forest Service (2)
CONICET (2)
Government of Yukon
Bonar
Security Company
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Sample Job Titles Outside Higher Education
Research Scientist (5)
Manager (4)
Researcher (4)
Senior Scientist (3)
Scientist (3)
Director (2)
Consultant (2)
Content Development Manager
Director, Murie Science and Learning Center
President and Owner
PhD Career Outcome Survey
You may view the full report on career outcomes of UBC PhD graduates on outcomes.grad.ubc.ca.
Disclaimer
These data represent historical employment information and do not guarantee future employment prospects for graduates of this program. They are for informational purposes only. Data were collected through either alumni surveys or internet research.

Alumni on Success

Jill Hamilton

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer
North Dakota State University

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* 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

 20182017201620152014
Applications5033263427
Offers3024162317
New registrations2723152014
Total enrolment134132130132134

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 65.48% based on 84 students admitted between 2006 - 2009. Based on 61 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 3.00 years and the maximum time is 8.00 years with an average of 5.21 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
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. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Upcoming Doctoral Exams

Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 12:30pm - 1203, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, 6250 Applied Science Lane

P.K.M. Moniruzzaman
Strength, Stiffness, and Stability of Solid Continua: Gravity Loading Scenario on Cross-Laminated Timber

Monday, 18 November 2019 - 4:00pm - Room 200

Amanda Karlene Asay
Influence of Kin, Density, Soil Inoculum Potential and Interspecific Competition on Interior Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga Menziesii Var. Glauca) Performance and Adaptive Traits

Friday, 6 December 2019 - 9:00am - Room 203

Alice May Jasamine Palmer
Pulp and Paper Industry Transformation in the 21st Century

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Hagerman, Shannon Marie (biodiversity, climate change, communities and livelihoods, conservation, forest policy, social science)
  • Hinch, Scott (salmon migrations, salmon ecology, salmon fisheries, fish conservation, land use impacts (e.g. forestry) on fish and habitat, Salmon, conservation, ecology, fish ecology, fisheries management, stream, and riperian ecology)
  • Innes, John (Plants and Forests, Climate Changes and Impacts, Forestry)
  • Jiang, Feng (bio-based nanomaterials, carbohydrate chemistry, chemistry, sustainability, wood science)
  • Konijnendijk, Cecil (Design and Planning of Space, Landscape and Environmental Organization, Urban and Rural Planning Policies, urban forestry, green infrastructure planning, green space governance, urban ecosystem services, people-nature relationships)
  • Kozak, Robert Antal (Forest-dependent communities in transition, international development & poverty alleviation, value-added strategies, forest certification & corporate social responsibility, forest sector sustainability & competitiveness, marketing, management & consumer behaviour)
  • Krzic, Maja (Agriculture, Soil science, Soil science education, Integration of multimedia and soil science)
  • Lam, Frank (timber engineering; structural use of wood products, Engineered wood systems)
  • Lemay, Valerie (Modeling, estimation, biometrics/mensuration)
  • Loss, Cristiano (Wood, Timber Engineering, Wood Building Systems, Hybrid Wood-Based Systems, Seismic Design and Analysis of Timber Structures, Industrialised Wood Systems, Engineered Wood Solutions, Wood as Structural Material, Engineering Wood Design)
  • Mansfield, Shawn (plant metabolism, cellulose biosynthesis, lignin biosynthesis, wood formation, wood quality, cell wall biochemistry, tree biotechnology, transgenics, Tree biotechnology)
  • Marshall, Peter (Plants and Forests, Forest measurements, Forest stand dynamics)
  • Martin, Tara (biodiversity, climate change, climate models, conservation, ecological monitoring, ecology, land-use change, landscape ecology, landscape planning, modelling)
  • Meitner, Michael (forest aesthetics and scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, environmental visualization, geographic information systems, visual perception, agent-based modeling, Public involment in planning, sustainability leadership)
  • Nelson, Harry William (analyzing natural and environmental resource policy with an emphasis on forestry and in developing new policy options that can help enhance the long run sustainability of Canadian forests and the communities and businesses that rely upon them)
  • Prescott, Cindy (Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes, Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial), Landscape and Restoration, Land and Soil, ecological restoration, soil organic matter, nutrient cycling)
  • Renneckar, Scott (Advanced renewable materials, biopolymer structure characterization, Clean fractionation of biomass, Electrospinning Fibers, Nanocellulose, Self-assembly of biopolymers)
  • Rhemtulla, Jeanine (Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Ecological Trends, Landscape and Restoration, Environment Management and Protection, Biodiversity and Biocomplexity, Landscape ecology & spatial analysis, Ecosystem services, Reforestation, Conservation & Poverty Alleviation, Socio-ecological systems, Temperate & tropical forest & agroforestry systems)
  • Richardson, John (Ecosystem (Aquatic and Terrestrial), Ecological and Ecophysiological Processes, Ecological Trends, Fresh Water, Environment and Habitats, ecology, freshwater biology, food webs, streams, forest)
  • Ritland, Kermit (statistical genetics, Population genetics, genomics, plant mating systems)
  • Saddler, John (Biotechnology, microbiology)
  • Sheppard, Stephen (landscape architecture; greenway planning for sustainable communities; tourism potential of BC’s landscapes; social aspects of forestry; visual quality / visual impacts of clear-cutting; computer mapping and animation; computer visual modeling for local climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation, using Geographic Information System and 3D visualization as a prototype for improved community engagement and planning on long-term climate change, snowpack forecasting, Visual management, planning visualization, climate change, landscape planning, simulation)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Sara Uldene Barron
    "Dr. Barron explored the multiple ways suburban trees can be configured to maximize a range of benefits for the local community. Using a scenario approach that was informed by local residents, urban forest practitioners, and academics, she concluded that future forests can thrive in more dense suburban landscapes." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Shaghaygh Akhtari
    "Dr. Akhtari studied bioenergy and biofuel production using forestry by-products in British Columbia. In her work, she developed decision making models that inform decisions related to designing a supply chain. This is aimed at generating additional revenue for the forest industry, and replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy in forest-dependent communities." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Blaise Atom Ratcliffe
    "Dr. Ratcliffe researched the integration of genomic information into tree breeding programs. He developed models for early prediction of key traits, such as tree height, from information contained in thousands of genetic markers. His research enables tree breeding programs to rapidly respond to market demands for forest products and emerging threats." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Tristan Robert Heinrich Goodbody
    "Dr. Goodbody analyzed the potential of digital photogrammetry to provide data products and analytical methods to enhance forest inventories. With reference to its areas of success, limitation, and future directions, digital photogrammetry is justified as a technology capable of and improving forest resources monitoring and management." (May 2019)
  • Dr. Faisal Khalid G. Alharbi
    "Dr. Alharbi studied the genetic diversity, the population structure, and the phenotypic leaf variation among peripheral and core mangrove populations on the Red Sea. His study opened avenues for the advancement of the conservation and sustainable management of mangrove ecosystems on the Red Sea." (May 2019)

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May 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
03 June 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 November 2019
International Applicant Deadline
15 November 2019

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 March 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 March 2020

January 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
03 February 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 July 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 July 2020

May 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 June 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 November 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 November 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
01 October 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 March 2021
International Applicant Deadline
15 March 2021
 

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