Master of Forestry (MF)

The MF degree prepares students to hold management and staff positions in which they are expected to compile, analyze and interpret natural and social science information and then use it to formulate a plan for action.


Organization Name: 
Duke University - Nicholas School of the Environment
Discipline: 
Agriculture/Forestry
Degree : 
Master's Degree
Location: 
Durham, NC

Most students entering the Nicholas School seek professional degrees, preparing for careers as expert environmental problem-solvers.

The Master of Forestry Management (MF) degree differs from traditional MS/PhD programs both in terms of the career goals of students and in terms of curricula. The MF is normally considered a “terminal” degree, equipping graduates to begin or advance in a professional career related to environmental policy and management. Most MF graduates hold management and staff positions in which they are expected to compile, analyze and interpret natural and social science information and then use it to formulate a plan for action.

The MF curriculum reflects these employment goals. The emphasis is on coursework that provides a strong scientific and analytical foundation for management oriented decision making. A Master’s Project supplements the coursework by allowing students to demonstrate their organizational and analytical skills in solving an environmental management problem in their areas of specialization.