Master of Forestry

The Master of Forestry (MF) in Sustainable Forest Management is intended for students who wish to pursue professional career pathways in forestry and related fields. The MF degree provides pathways for students with or without previous forestry-related education or experience to develop the skills and knowledge needed to begin careers as forestry professionals and for current forestry professionals to continue their career development and growth. Students choose one area of concentration, representing different disciplines involved in the sustainable management of forest ecosystems to achieve multiple social, economic and environmental objectives. The MF degree program can be completed in as few as four terms of study.  

Options of study

Forest Business for Private Landowners Focus (MF only)

The Forest Business for Private Landowners focus trains students to utilize business techniques to analyze decisions commonly made by private forest landowners to achieve their management objectives. Coursework and faculty expertise focus on areas such as economics, finance, and taxation.

Lead Contact: Mindy Crandall


Spatial Science and Analysis Focus (MF only)

The Spatial Science and Analysis focus is for those that wish to study the application of spatial science and tools for natural resources. GIS and remote sensing courses are highlighted in the curriculum, as is a requirement for spatial programming and statistics. Students completing this option should have a solid foundation for careers as analysts and potential managers for spatial operations.

Lead Contact: Michael Wing


Silviculture, Fire and Forest Health (MF only)

Managing forest vegetation dynamics and ecosystem processes to achieve a range of management objectives.

Lead Contact: Matt Powers


3+2 Forestry Joint Degree Program

Willamette University and Oregon State University have partnered to offer a 3+2 forestry joint degree program. The program combines the breadth of the Willamette undergraduate curriculum with highly focused graduate study at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. Students will learn from expert faculty and have the opportunity to study in both the Willamette Zena and OSU Research Forests while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

After completing three years of undergraduate coursework at Willamette University and maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0, Willamette students will choose to complete a Master of Forestry program in Forest Ecosystems and Society or Sustainable Forest Management at Oregon State University. Students must declare their intention to pursue this pathway by the start of the third year at Willamette and formally apply to OSU according to graduate school admission deadlines. If admitted to OSU, students will enroll with provisional graduate status in year four. Please see the sample timeline to map out a Master of Forestry degree at OSU.

If you are a Willamette University undergraduate student in your first or second year and have interest in this 3+2 joint degree pathway, please connect with your advisor at Willamette University and contact the appropriate Graduate Program Coordinator at Oregon State University:

Sustainable Forest Management - Madison Dudley, 541.737.1349