Our pioneering Master of Forest Conservation (MFC) program will enable you to make a difference by entering into professions responsible for the policies and practices that have a profound impact on all living organisms and on the sustainability of human social and economic systems – work that is crucial to society and the planet’s health, prosperity and happiness.

Over an intensive 16-month program, you will study all aspects of forest conservation including sustainable forest management, urban forestry, forest economics, forest governance and policy, forest and wildlife conservation biology, the ecology of silviculture, and current issues in forest conservation in Canada and around the world.

MFC graduates can feel confident in their knowledge of forestry and conservation issues and methods, as well as their ability to think analytically, write and speak clearly and convincingly about complex issues and ideas, work well in groups of people with sometimes disparate views, and critically assess and apply information.

Program Features

Real-world experienceA three-month internship with an organization aligned with your interests. We help secure positions with the broadest spectrum of sectors of any forestry or conservation program in Canada, including industry, all levels of government, private and non-governmental organizations at home or abroad.

International exposure – An optional international field course to destinations such as Malasia, Brazil, the western US, Scandinavia, China and Spain.

Practise – Domestic field courses give you hands-on experience throughout the program.

Collegiality – Each cohort is small, giving you easy access to professors and instructors passionate about their teaching and research, and invested in your personal success. Course work is often collaborative, helping you form close working relationships with your classmates that often blossom into lifelong friendships.

Flexibility – You don’t need previous education in Forestry or Environmental Science to be admitted to the MFC program – we will fill in your gaps, whether your a graduate of English, political science or biology. Enroll on a full-time, extended full-time or part-time basis, and tailor the program to meet your interests.

Prospects - Our location in Toronto and established relationships in all sectors helps us expose you to prospective employers throughout the program, including forest industry groups, NGOs, government agencies, professional associations and community groups.

Collaborative Program in Environmental Studies

MFC students can choose to complete a Collaborative Program in Environmental Studies through the University of Toronto’s School of the Environment. Students who complete the collaborative program will receive the notation, “Completed Collaborative Program in Environmental Studies” on their transcript. Please visit the Environmental Studies Collaborative Program site for details.

Urban Forestry Field Trip