Forestry

The MScF Thesis-based program is a research-oriented degree designed to give graduates a firm foundation in the process of scientific inquiry. Research is often undertaken in one or more of the biophysical forest sciences, but social science research may also be undertaken. Research projects are designed jointly by the student and a faculty member who serves as the student's Faculty Supervisor. Applicants should contact a potential supervisor when applying to the thesis-based program. Students normally complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous registration.

The Course-based Master’s degree (Master’s in Forest Management) emphasizes professional development in forest management, policy, geomatics, and ecology. The degree entails 4 terms of coursework (16 months).  Three terms are on campus and one term, comprised of an internship and field school, is off-campus. The curriculum of this 16-month programme is given below:

First Term (Fall, 2.0 FCE)

  • NRMT 5550: Principles of Research Methods & Experimental Statistics
  • NRMT 5135: Applied Geomatics

Two half-course electives:

  • NRMT 5138: Restoration Ecology, and
  • NRMT 5430: Advanced Forest Pathology

Second Term (Winter, 2.0 FCE)

  • NRMT 5132: Foundations of Operation Research
  • NRMT 5137: Biodiversity Conservation

Two half-course electives from:

  • NRMT 4239: Urban Forestry,
  • NRMT 4252: Conservation Ecology,
  • NRMT 5134: Complexity Science,
  • NRMT 5136: Remote Sensing Applications,
  • NRMT 5530: Research Methods II: Experimental Design in Forestry Research,
  • NRMT 5610: Genetics: Natural Variation & Selective Breeding,
  • NRMT 5770: Management and Marketing Strategies,
  • NRMT 5815: Environmental Assessment,
  • BIOL 4115: Plant Ecology of Disturbed Habitats,
  • BIOL 4117: Advances in Contemporary Ecology, and
  • ENST 5030: Qualitative Research Methods

Third term (Spring-Summer, 1.5 FCE)

  • NRMT 5094: Field School
  • NRMT 5100: Internship

Fourth term (Fall, 2.0 FCE)

  • NRMT 5570: Advanced Economics
  • NRMT 5133: Indigenous Peoples & Natural Resources Management
  • NRMT 5810: Natural Resources Policy
  • NRMT 5111: Professional Communication

Admission Requirements for Masters

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for Master programs, the following requirements also apply:

  • Availability of a supervisor and appropriate funding
  • To ensure an adequate understanding of the core elements of forestry, applicants holding a four-year degree of adequate standing (i.e., B or better) in an allied discipline (e.g., Biology, Geography, Agriculture, Environmental Studies, Resource Management, Outdoor Recreation) may be required to take up to two full-course equivalents at the undergraduate level. This requirement is additional to the graduate courses of the chosen program. Upon admission, the student's supervisor prepares a proposal for fulfilling the allied-discipline requirement, based on the student's undergraduate courses already taken, and submits it to the Forestry Graduate Studies Committee for approval
  • An applicant with inadequate academic background or standing may be invited to take four full-course equivalents (minimum) in forestry at the undergraduate level. If performance in these courses averages B or better, the applicant may then apply for admission to one of the graduate program

Required Application Documents

Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, you are encouraged to apply by FEBRUARY 1.

Supervisor Information

Interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

Click here to Apply to Graduate Studies 

After you have applied 

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)

Application Information

  • In a brief cover letter, applicants should indicate the faculty member with which they would like to study, why they are interested in pursuing graduate work, and how they expect graduate studies at Lakehead University to help their future aspirations. Past experience and training complementing their chosen field should be highlighted. Applicants should also list (1) any awards, scholarships, or bursaries they have received and (2) any publications or presentations/posters they have shared at conferences.

Next Steps

Registration Procedures

Before Registering!

Check to make sure all of your course selections are currently being offered by referring to the University Course Calendar and the University Course Time Tables.

University Graduate Studies & General Regulations & Policies

Graduate Funding

At Lakehead University, we realize the importance of financial support for graduate students.

Therefore, financial assistance opportunities are available in several forms and are generally awarded to students by individual programs on the basis of academic promise and financial need.

The different funding options available include:

For your convenience, a searchable database of graduate scholarships, bursaries, and awards is provided below. Award eligibility, criteria, and application procedures for graduate funding is indicated for each award. Please use the general search tool to find available funding by program. Alternatively, you may also click the advanced search link to specify available funding by program level, award category and/or award amount.

Although financial support cannot be guaranteed to all graduate students in all programs, we encourage you to inquire about financial assistance with your Graduate Coordinator in your program of study. You may also contact the Graduate Funding Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies to learn more about your graduate funding options.

Conditions of Graduate Awards

Graduate scholarships are based on academic merit. Graduate bursaries are based on financial need, although there may be a merit component to the bursary. Where the award designates that an application is required, only those students who have submitted the specified application by the deadline will be considered for those awards. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be notified.

Recipients of scholarships, awards and bursaries must be registered in order to receive funding. Graduate awards are applied to any outstanding balance on the student's account. Students are entitled to their awards only after their fees are paid in full. Only students with credit account balances will be refunded the balance of the overpayment. Overpayment refunds of these awards will be issued at the end of September, January and May each year.

The University reserves the right to make changes without prior notice to the terms, conditions and award values listed in this section and in the University Calendar.

The most up-to-date internal awards and applications are now located at https://myawards.lakeheadu.ca/

Graduate Studies Funding Database