MBA/Masters of Forestry Combined Degree

Combine advanced forestry knowledge with managerial skills for a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Our MBA/MF (Master of Forestry) joint degree prepares you to take a leadership role in Canada’s greatest source of export revenue. The forestry sector is one of Canada's top export sectors and contributes billions to the Canadian Economy.

Success in forestry and management requires the ability to blend theory and practice to solve real-world problems. This program balances a strong foundation in management fundamentals with leading edge practices in the science of forestry. The joint forestry program addresses issues pertaining to integrated resource management and sustainable development. Communication skills, leadership, critical thinking and initiative will play an important role in your experience in the joint program as you work in teams to solve problems and define innovative solutions.

The Alberta School of Business in partnership with the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences offers the joint MBA/MF that can be completed full-time in two years or on a part-time basis in up to six years. This unique program allows individuals with an undergraduate degree in forestry and several years of professional work experience the opportunity to combine management courses with advanced studies in forestry.

Partner – Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences has expertise that encompasses a broad spectrum of studies focused on the components, interactions, and behaviour of natural and managed landscapes. This includes agro-forestry, environmental policy and science, forest harvesting and operations, policy and resource management, and reclamation and restoration.

The University of Alberta is a leader in forestry and related research initiatives, including the Boreal Mixed-wood Dynamics Project, Landscape Ecology Network (Land-Econet), Mixed-wood Growth Model (MGM), Resource Development and Wildlife, Western Boreal Growth and Yield (WESBOGY) Cooperative, and the Wildlife Ecology and Management Network.

Summer Internships

Students in the MBA/MF program have the option to complete a four-month summer work internship as part of their MBA course requirements. Among the companies and government departments that students have worked for over the past years are: Alberta Environment, Alberta Forestry and Domtar.

Career Opportunities

With management expertise and a strong forestry background, you can make significant contributions to major natural resource corporations, the growing forestry service sector, consulting, government and public sector organizations or you may choose to join the increasingly large number of graduates who begin their own companies.

Graduates of the MBA/MF program work in both the private and public sector. Among the companies and agencies that our graduates work for are KPMG, CN Rail, Farm Credit Corporation, Syncrude, Viridian, Westaim, and the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties.

The Program

In Year One students study the key areas of business: accounting, economics, finance, management science, marketing, strategy and organizational behaviour and have the option to begin coursework in forestry. In Year Two students further their knowledge of forest biology, and forest resource management and select several electives from both business and forestry.

Students have the choice of taking a business strategy course, a business practicum, a project or a summer internship to complete the program requirements.

Program Outline

MBA/MF Joint Degree Outline


Normally only students with a BSc degree in Forestry with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience will be admissible to this program. Applicants must follow the admission procedures and meet the admission requirements of both the Alberta School of Business and the Department of Renewable Resources.

The recommendation for admission will be made by the MBA/MF Joint Program Selection Committee consisting of representatives from the Alberta School of Business and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. Admission will be recommended only for those students judged to have the ability and motivation to handle the significant demands of the program. Professional experience is highly desired.


Students enrolled in the MBA/MF program are eligible for all general MBA entrance and second year scholarships.


For more information about the Master of Forestry program at the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, please contact:

Glen Armstrong
Associate Chair (Graduate Programs)
Office: 807 GSB
Phone: (780) 492-8221