MSFM How to Apply

Application deadline for the Summer 2018 intake: March 15, 2018.

Understand the application review and decision process

It is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible. If you are an international student, we strongly encourage you to apply early so that you have more time to secure your Canadian Study Permit, if you are offered admission.

Applications will not be considered until a full application package is received.

When your application file is complete, it will be reviewed and an admission decision made by the Forestry Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, as well as by the MSFM Program Director.

International applicants: in addition to our minimum requirements, you must check that you meet UBC’s specific requirements based on the country in which you completed your prior degree.  Look up the country list here.  Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to UBC.

If you will be moving to Vancouver to attend UBC, we strongly encourage you to apply for on-campus housing.  Because demand is high, it is recommended to apply at the same time you submit your Forestry program online application. (The UBC Housing online application system is separate from our Forestry program online application).  UBC Housing accepts applications year round; you do not have to wait for an offer of admission from Forestry to apply to live in residence.

Application Procedure

A complete MSFM application file includes the following items. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their online application and all supporting documents (including official language test scores if applicable) are received by the deadline of March 15, 2018.

Note: we do not require a GRE score.

The online application will open on October 16, 2017. Be sure to choose “Master of Sustainable Forest Management” from the drop-down menu of degrees and pay the application fee.

You must scan and upload one digital copy (.pdf) of each of your official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended or taken courses at.


  • Transcripts must be scanned front and back (please include the grading scale which is normally found on the back of transcripts). All pages of one transcript, front and back, should be uploaded as a single file (rather than a separate file for each page).
  • Transcripts must be uploaded as a .pdf file – no other formats accepted.
  • Naming format of each uploaded transcript file must be: LastName_FirstName_FRST_Credential_Transcript_NameofPostSecondaryInstitution
    • Example #1: Smith_John_FRST_BEng_Transcript_UnivofToronto
    • Example #2: Smith_John_FRST_MSc_Transcript_BeijingForestry
  • If you have transcripts that are issued in a language other than English, then in addition to uploading digital copies of the documents in their original language, you must also upload a certified literal English translation of your transcripts from your home university's translation service or certified English translator.

DO NOT SEND OFFICIAL PAPER COPIES OF YOUR TRANSCRIPTS TO UBC DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS.   Forestry will use the digital copies to evaluate your application. If you are offered admission to Forestry, you will not be allowed to register in the program until one set of all required official academic records are received and validated by UBC.  Submission instructions for transcripts will be included in your Offer of Admission package.

Current and former UBC students - You do not need to submit UBC transcripts as part of your graduate application, as this data is already available through the student database system. However, be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).

At least one of your three references must be from an academic referee.  Referees should be non-relatives who are able to provide a professional appraisal of your work and/or scholastic abilities and potential.  They may be employers or former employers, supervisors of volunteer placements or internships, instructors at universities or colleges.  They must be able to provide an assessment of your knowledge, skills and character, and probable success in an intensive professional master’s program.

MSFM reference forms are submitted directly by the referee to the online application system.

You (the applicant) will input each of your referee's contact information into the online application system. The referees will then receive an auto-notification with instructions on how to upload their MSFM reference form only after you have completed the rest of your online application and paid your application fee and submitted it online.

It is therefore VERY important that you complete and submit your online application with enough time for your referees to be contacted, be able to comfortably write their letters of recommendation and for us to receive their documents before the Forestry admissions deadline.

Applicants whose prior degree is from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide official 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 program application and the results must be sent to UBC directly from the testing agency.

Ensure your language test score meets our minimum requirements.

TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, PTE are considered acceptable tests; you may refer to the UBC Grad Studies (G+PS) page for a complete list of acceptable testing agencies.

Provide a brief letter (1-2 pages) that outlines your motivation for pursuing the MSFM degree, the manner in which your previous education, work or volunteer experience have prepared you to be successful in this graduate program, and what you hope to do on completion of your degree. Why is this particular program at UBC the best place for you to pursue your interests?

This document must be uploaded to your online application as a .PDF file. Please use the following naming format:
Letter of Intent Naming Format: LastName_FirstName_FRST_LetterOfIntent

Provide an up-to-date CV that summarizes, in the following order, your education (degrees, diplomas, continuing education); academic and professional awards; achievements, honours, or other distinctions you have received; work experience; professional certifications; volunteer experience; recreational pursuits.
This document must be uploaded to your online application as a .PDF file. Please use the following naming format:
CV Naming Format: LastName_FirstName_FRST_CV