Master of Urban Forestry Leadership

The University of British Columbia Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) is a comprehensive 13-month, course-based master’s program that provides an interdisciplinary perspective of urban forestry that emphasizes leadership, strategic management and governance.

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Why Choose the MUFL?

Cities are facing ever-increasing challenges in preserving and evolving urban forests and greenspaces. Demand for urban forestry practitioners who can provide vision, leadership and solutions to complex problems will continue to grow with urbanization, climate change and community needs.

With an emphasis on skills in leadership, decision making and creativity this interdisciplinary program offers:


Strategic Urban Forestry Approaches
Appreciate and analyze the challenges and opportunities specific to urban forest governance and management. Understand how to balance the many demands on urban forests, and learn to apply cutting-edge technologies used in planning, measurement and assessment.


Leadership and Business Skills
Acquire the skills to lead interdisciplinary teams and coordinate urban forestry projects. Courses are taught by leading academics from the UBC Sauder School of Business.


Fundamentals of Public Policy
Understand fundamental policy analysis, policy making, stakeholder engagement and implementation processes in the context of urban forestry management. Courses are taught by world-class faculty from the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.


World Leadership in Forestry Education
The UBC Faculty of Forestry is one of the largest and most recognized schools of forestry and conservation sciences in the world.


A Liveable and Diverse City
Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the most liveable cities on the planet, and is home to some of world’s premier urban forests.


International Focus
The Faculty of Forestry attracts international students and faculty. Courses draw on case studies that embody best practices and approaches used in cities around the world.

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What will you learn?

The proposed UBC MUFL program is a 30-credit, 13-month program that starts in July of each year. As a candidate, you begin the program with a 3-credit online component, followed by 21 credits of on-campus courses. The program ends with a 6-credit capstone course that can be done on- or off-campus depending on your interests and/or your employer’s needs.

Applicants to the MUFL must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as urban forestry, forestry, landscape architecture, ecology, conservation, planning, geography, public health, or engineering.

The leadership and policy skills taught in this program are suited to practicing urban forest planners and managers who:

  • understand systems thinking across the urban/rural interface
  • are knowledgeable about climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • can balance social, ecological and economic demands
  • are comfortable working with the public and stakeholders
  • can work in interdisciplinary teams
  • have strong skills in planning as well as forest management.

As a MUFL graduate, you will be equipped to:

  • lead urban forestry programs and projects, and coordinate interdisciplinary teams
  • navigate the political, governance, legal, administrative and business aspects of urban forestry
  • connect urban forestry issues to broader government and other agendas
  • address the specific challenges and opportunities associated with growing trees and other vegetation in urban areas
  • compile, use and present information on key aspects of urban forestry, such as urban forest resources, ecosystem services, arboriculture and urban woodland management, and interactions between people and trees
  • engage with communities and other partners in developing and implementing urban forestry programs and projects
  • work with urban forestry in local, national and international contexts.