MIF Graduation Requirements and Timeline

The MIF degree is a 3-term course-based program consisting of 31 credits:

  • 28 credits of required courses (or approved alternates*),
  • a set of professional development skills workshops,
  • and a 3-credit internship or project.

The program will be intensive and require full-time attendance at the UBC-Vancouver campus for 8 months (Sept – April). MIF students are provided with a laptop computer for the duration of the program.

* as approved by the Program Director.

Timeline to Completion

Degree requirements are completed in 10 months. MIF students are expected to arrive and be settled in Vancouver at the beginning of September to begin the program orientation.

Courses will run from the start of September to the end of the following April. All courses are taught in module format. There will be a short holiday break in December. See program structure below for more information.

Internships and/or Projects will be completed in May and June.

Professional development workshops will be completed throughout the year, usually on Fridays. Workshops offered may include: conflict resolution, project management and logframes, leadership skills, structured decision making, technical writing, professional social networking, and oral presentation skills.

Course Descriptions

Module 1

Explore socio-ecological factors constraining the conservation of forests and protected areas including poverty, human health and forest-related diseases, climate change, etc. Emphasis on tropical and sub-tropical countries, where the majority of forest-dependent people live.

Module 2

Examine the constraints on, and potential linkages between, indigenous and other forest-dependent communities, which are often marginalized socially and economically.

Learn how the landscapes approach to natural resource planning allows for the integration of forestry, agriculture, and livelihood systems, and a suite of quantitative tools used to implement the approach. Students will use case study assessments to understand how the approach works in practice, and will conduct their own landscape-level management plan.

Module 3

Learn and apply basic economic principles across a wide range of forest-based good and environmental services, and learn about cutting edge environmental finance topics.

Provides a thorough understanding of forest-based businesses and business processes by reviewing the principles of management, financial and marketing management that are most applicable to forest-based enterprises.

Module 4

Understand the interconnected nature of political, social and economic systems and how these influence forest governance models and resource management policies.

Examine contemporary forestry issues, the principles of international diplomacy and the principles of negotiating international agreements and conventions related to forests as well as international organizations addressing forestry issues.


Presents contemporary and emerging topics relevant to international forestry. Format will vary throughout the year in order to capitalize on the schedules of international visitors to UBC, and will include a panel presentation and lectures.

Summer Term

In close collaboration with the course instructor, UBC faculty, and our global contacts, each student will work to secure and complete an internship placement or project aligned with their career goals and aspirations. Students work on personalized professional placement plans (4Ps) in Term I, with the goal of securing an internship placement or finalizing their project topic early in Term II. Field-based placements or projects will last ~6-12 weeks and can be in Canada or international

Program Structure

MIF graphic 2016Note: course and workshop dates subject to minor change.