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

If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

Admission Information & Requirements

In order to apply to this program, the following components may be required.

Online Application

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Transcripts

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitve process.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. 

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

100
23
24
23
22
7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Supervision

Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding supervisor contact for Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD)
All applicants need firm commitment from a supervisor prior to applying.

Test Scores (GRE / GMAT or similar)

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

Citizenship Verification

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

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.

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

January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 February 2021
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 July 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 July 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 July 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 July 2021
Transcript Deadline: 15 July 2021
Referee Deadline: 15 July 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.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.

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$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (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

These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Forestry (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.

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

Friday, 28 February 2020 - 4:00pm - Room 200

Joe Yu
Understanding and Predicting Forest Harvesting Effects on Peak Flows in Snow Environments with Nonstationary Frequency Modelling

Wednesday, 4 March 2020 - 12:30pm - Room 200

Vahid Nasir
Wood Machining Monitoring: Sensory and Artificial Intelligence Approaches

Tuesday, 10 March 2020 - 9:00am - Room 200

Nicholas Karl Ukrainetz
Patterns of Genotype-Environment Interactions and Sensitivity to Genomic Selection in the Lodgepole Pine Breeding Program in British Columbia

Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 12:30pm - Room 203

Liyang Liu
Towards Lignin-Based Polymeric Materials Using Greener Modification Methods

Friday, 3 April 2020 - 9:00am - Room 203

Yemi Olaonipekun Adeyeye
Power, People, Places and Spaces: Examining the Politics of Participation Across Scales of Resource Governance

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.

  • 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)
  • Simard, Suzanne (forestry silviculture soils mycorrhizae forest ecology, Biodiversity, climate change, conservation, ecology, ecosystems, forest biology, forest management, microbiology, silviculture, soil science, sustainability)
  • Smith, Gregory (Engineering, wood products)
  • Sowlati, Taraneh (Wood Science, Industrial Engineering in Wood Science)
  • Wang, Tongli (climate models, climate change adaptation, ecosystem climate projection, species range projection, assistant migratoin )
  • Wang, Guangyu (business management, climate change, conservation, forest management, forest policy, land-use change)
  • Zerriffi, Hisham (Biomass (Energy), Energy Transformation and Energy Using, International Development, Environment and Society, Ideological, Political, Economical and Social Environments of Social Transformations, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, energy poverty)

Pages

Recent Doctoral Citations

  • Dr. Cora Skaien
    "Dr. Skaien studied the relationship between natural selection and genetic variation through observing local deer and seablush, a flowering species native to western North America. Her results illustrate the effect of natural selection by browsing deer on this species' ability to persist in the face of natural and human-induced environmental change." (November 2019)
  • Dr. Raphael Daniel Chavardes
    "Dr. Chavardes explored how drought influenced fires over time and space in western Canadian forests. He used weather and climate records, statistical models, tree-ring science, and fire-scar records to understand historical associations between droughts and fire. This work helps landscape managers foresee how future fires can be impacted by climate change." (November 2019)
  • Dr. Frances Rebecca Thistlethwaite
    "Dr. Thistlethwaite analysed the application of genomic based methodologies to conifer breeding. She used thousands of genetic markers to predict key economic traits, for the purpose of making selection decisions. Her research highlights areas for investment which will foster more dynamic and fruitful breeding programs in the future." (November 2019)
  • Dr. Hercend Mpidi Bita
    "Dr. Mpidi Bita evaluated the structural performance of tall wood buildings following extreme events, such as explosions and natural catastrophes. His research provides design guidance which may be used by structural engineers to ensure that buildings remains stable for sufficient time to allow for evacuation." (November 2019)
  • Dr. Adam David Polinko
    "Dr. Polinko completed his research in the field of silviculture. Using models of branch development and tree growth, his research was the first to quantify the costs associated with managing forests for visual quality or wildlife habitat. Understanding these costs will help with decisions regarding the sustainable management of forests around the world." (November 2019)

Sample Thesis Submissions

 

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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

January 2022 Intake

Application Open Date
01 February 2021
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 July 2021
International Applicant Deadline
15 July 2021
 

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