Master of International Forestry

The University of British Columbia’s Master of International Forestry (MIF) is a 10-month, course-based master’s program that provides the knowledge, skills and tools required to address the social, environmental and business challenges related to global forest change.

Why choose the MIF?

Today’s forest conservation and resource management decisions are made in the context of global agreements and international competition for forest products and services. Decision makers and practitioners must be prepared to deal with changing social values in this increasingly knowledge-based sector.

UBC’s MIF program is your chance to:


Get the skills major international employers want.
Combining theory and practice, the MIF curriculum teaches you how to design, negotiate, implement and monitor international solutions to global forest issues.


Expand your professional network.
Your coursework and internship will connect you to forestry professionals with international experience in the field.

Grad Cap

Study at a top 40 university.
UBC is a founding partner of the International Partnership for Forestry Education and consistently ranks among the top 40 research universities in the world.


Connect with people from around the world.
UBC’s Faculty of Forestry welcomes outstanding students from as many as 40 countries.


Live in one of the best cities in the world. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities on the planet.


What will you learn?

As an MIF candidate, you will spend eight months studying full-time on UBC’s Vancouver campus, and two to four months completing an internship in your field of choice. Between the two, we’ll cover:

  • Natural resource economics and environmental finance.
  • International forest governance and policy.
  • Forest business enterprise.
  • Forests and society.
  • Natural resources planning.
  • International forestry institutions, diplomacy and negotiations.
  • Social, community and indigenous forestry.

As an MIF graduate, you will be equipped to:

  • Examine interdependent relationships among societies and forested environments.
  • Assess trends in the valuation and marketing of forest-based goods and services.
  • Prepare landscape-level management plans using spatial datasets.
  • Implement principles of sound forest governance.
  • Negotiate and evaluate multilateral environmental agreements.

Is the MIF program right for you?

The MIF program is designed for global citizens and agents of change who want to advance their careers and graduate to leadership positions in:

  • International agencies and secretariats.
  • Finance institutions.
  • Government ministries.
  • Environmental NGOs and advocacy groups.
  • Forest products enterprises and consulting firms.

MIF participants have gone on to complete internships in Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua, Thailand, Canada and the United States with a wide range of international organizations, including the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO).