Master of Sustainable Forest Management

The University of British Columbia’s Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) is a 9-month, professional course-based master’s program that prepares students for careers as professional forest land managers in North America and overseas.

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Why choose the MSFM?

UBC’s MSFM program is your chance to:


Qualify as a Registered Professional Forester.
The MSFM curriculum is accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, and by the Society of American Foresters.

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 MSFM candidate, you will spend 9 months studying full-time on UBC’s Vancouver campus. The curriculum includes a mix of coursework, hands-on fieldwork and real-world experience.

As an MSFM graduate, you will be equipped to:

  • Design and implement site- and landscape-level plans that integrate the environmental, social and economic components of sustainability.
  • Be eligible to become a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with member agencies of the Canadian Federation of Professional Foresters Associations (including the Association of BC Forest Professionals) or a Certified Forester® with the Society of American Foresters.

Is the MSFM program right for you?

The MSFM program is designed for:

  • Current forestry professionals who are interested in advancing their careers.
  • Aspiring forestry professionals with an interest in sustainable forest management and an undergraduate degree in a complementary discipline.

Program graduates go on to work in government, industry and consulting organizations, with some receiving offers of employment before completing the program. As of January 2016, 100% of MSFM graduates seeking employment in the Canadian forestry sector had found positions.