Master of Forest Science (MFS)

Yale University

Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Tags: forests
Program Type: Master's Degree
Completion: 2 years
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


The Master of Forest Science degree is intended for those students wishing to work in forest-related topics. The course of study includes formalized training in the philosophy and practice of science. Training is provided through key courses in combination with extended research. The scientific research required for this degree will be conducted in close collaboration with an environment school faculty advisor. It is therefore expected that each student will identify and work with such an advisor no later than the end of their first semester. Students should think of their two-year program as an integrated whole, which begins with an emphasis on theory, research design, and methods in the first year (ideally directed towards the submission of funding proposals during the second semester, for research carried out during the following summer), with the second year emphasizing data analysis and write-up leading to publishable scholarly work In addition to conducting an extensive research project, students will be expected to gain proficiency in six major areas of instruction, with the understanding that in some fields more than one of these areas may be covered within a single course.

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