Master of Science in Forestry


Master of Science in Forestry (MScF) students at the University of Toronto's Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design conduct focused research under the supervision of one of our faculty members. Faculty members’ research is often interdisciplinary and applied in nature, distilling the utility and impact of discoveries and enabling partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Research interests include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Forest conservation biology and wildlife ecology
  • Forest biosphere science
  • Invasive species and threats to forest health
  • Environmental sustainability of managed forests
  • Fire and ecosystem management
  • Sustainable development and economics
  • Political ecology and governance of forests
  • Social and cultural ecology of forest ecosystems
  • Urban forestry
  • Forest Biomaterials Science
  • Bioenergy

Successful MScF candidates come from a variety of backgrounds including biology, botany, ecology, economics, environmental studies, engineering, forestry, agriculture, mathematical and computer science, physical and social sciences, and zoology.

Interested in the program? Get to know our faculty, check out current openings for research-stream students, and visit the Daniels Faculty's Forestry website for more information. 


The MScF minimum degree requirements include:

  • 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) as follows: FOR 1001H Graduate Seminar (0.5 FCE) plus 0.5 FCE elective. Depending on the student’s background, additional or alternative coursework may be required.
  • The preparation of a research thesis of acceptable quality and its oral defence.

Transfer from MScF to PhD: under certain specific conditions, outstanding registered MScF students may be considered by the end of their first year in the MScF program for transfer to the PhD program.


More information on admissions for the Master of Science in Forestry program is available on the Daniels Faculty's Forestry website.