Graduate Program

Our graduate students work closely with leading experts in their field and conduct research in Maine’s North Woods, in state-of-the-art laboratories, or at a number of locations around the world. Nearly all of our graduate students are financially supported with graduate assistantships and paid tuition. The School of Forest Resources offers the following graduate degrees:

Apply: Graduate admissions information can be found here


Master of Forestry MF

The University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Forestry (MF) degree.  The MF program is a professional, non-thesis master’s program. The MF program prepares students for a rewarding career in forest management by enhancing the abilities of professional foresters with prior experience and by allowing a career change for non-foresters.

The Master of Forestry (MF) Program

Master of Science in Forest Resources MS

The University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources offers a program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Forest Resources (MS) degree. Students earning a MS in Forest Resources are expected to complete a thesis on original research that can be submitted to a journal for publication.
The Master of Science in Forest Resources (MS) Program

Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources

The Ph.D. in Forest Resources is the highest academic degree offered requiring students with excellent academic records and experience.  Students are expected to design and complete a dissertation on original research that can be published in multiple journals.
The Ph.D. in Forest Resources Program

Students may choose from a wide range of specialties, including:

  • Forest ecology & management
  • Tree biology and physiology
  • Nature-based recreation & tourism
  • Natural resources economics & policy
  • Forest operations science & engineering
  • Forest-based bioproducts and wood science & technology

Available Assistantships

Graduate students in the School of Forest Resources are generally supported by a graduate research or teaching assistantship. Graduate assistantships pay tuition and a monthly stipend for part-time work. Graduate assistants are required to work half-time (20 hours per week) to assist with teaching classes or conducting research. Graduate assistants are required to work half-time (20 hours per week) to assist with teaching classes or conducting research. Graduate assistants are generally required to register for at least six hours of credit during fall and spring semesters. Exceptions are doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy. If assistantships continue through the summer, graduate assistants must register for at least one graduate credit hour to be considered full-time.
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Graduate Program Contact

Photo of Day, MichaelMichael Day
Graduate Program Coordinator
School of Forest Resources
University of Maine
5755 Nutting Hall, Rm. 122
Orono, ME 04469-5755
207.581.2889
daym@maine.edu