Graduate Studies

Graduate Students can select from twelve graduate degree programs in the Department of Renewable Resources that fall under five broad topic areas. Degrees include:


  • Thesis-based Master of Science (MSc)
  • Doctoral Degree (PhD)
  • Professional Master of Forestry (MF)
  • Professional Master of Agriculture (MAg
 


Conservation Biology

    MSc / PhD in Conservation Biology: An interdisciplinary field of research for students drawing on natural and social sciences with the aim of protecting species and their habitats. Research topics include: environmental issues; status and trend analysis; threats to biodiversity; conservation priorities; strategy development; as well as ethics and values. 
    MSc / PhD in Wildlife Ecology & Management: Students in this field of study conduct research on wild plants and animals across a broad range of ecosystems and biomes. Research topics include: nutritional and behavioral ecology; community ecology; impacts of forest harvest, energy development, and agriculture; indigenous knowledge and co-management of wildlife resources.
    MSc / PhD in Protected Areas & Wildlands Management: This field of study focuses on biological, social, or economic aspects of wilderness conservation, recreation, and tourism. Research topics include: ecosystem management; protected area planning; socioeconomic issues; eco-tourism; interpretation and environmental education.

Forest Ecology and Management

    MSc / PhD in Forest Biology and Management: Students in this field develop a scientific basis for improvements to forest management practices which aim to ensure economic and ecological sustainability now and in the future. Research topics include: integrated forest management; forest ecology, silviculture, fire science, tree physiology, forest genetics, forest entomology, forest regeneration, and wildlife management. 
    MSc / PhD in Water and Land Resources: This field of study focuses on biological, social, or economic aspects of forest resource utilization. Research topics include: land use planning, forest hydrology, watershed management, wetland management, conservation planning, natural resource politics and governance, and environmental risk assessments.
    Professional Master of Forestry Degree: This program provides an advanced degree in sustainable forest management for professionals. The program may also serve as an opportunity to partially fulfill requirements to become a Registered Professional Foresters working in government or industrial organizations or as consultants. The program is normally completed within one year, but may be taken on a part-time basis. 
    Master of Forestry & Master of Business Administration Joint Degree: This degree, jointly offered with the School of Business is intended to prepare students for careers that demand specialized knowledge in business management practices and forestry. Learn more about dual degree programs. 
    Transatlantic Forestry Master (TRANSFOR-M) International Dual Degree: An international 2-year Master program leading to dual degrees in Forestry at a European and a Canadian institution. Students may choose from a number of both thesis-based or course-based Master's programs of the participating departments and faculties. Learn more about dual degree programs

Agriculture and the Environment


    Professional Master of Agriculture Degree: This program provides an advanced degree in agriculture for professionals. The program may also serve as an opportunity to partially fulfill requirements to become Registered Professional Agrologist or a Registered Technologists in Agrology, working in government or industrial organizations or as consultants. The program is normally completed within one year, but may be taken on a part-time basis.

    MSc in Agroforestry: A field of study for students focused on the interdisciplinary domain of sciences which integrates the propagation of woody perennials, the raising of crops, and animal husbandry practices with human land use systems. Research topics include: enhancing and sustaining food production; traditional land use systems; socio-economic systems; soil fertility and erosion control.

    Master of Agriculture & Master of Business Administration Joint Degree: This degree, jointly offered with the School of Business is intended to prepare students for careers that demand specialized knowledge in business management practices and agriculture. Learn more about dual degree programs.

Land Reclamation and Soil Science


    MSc / PhD in Land Reclamation & Remediation: Students in this field develop techniques for reconstructing soil following oil, gas and mining disturbance to avoid soil degradation (erosion), and improve and maintain soil productivity for a variety of end land uses. Research topics include: soil salvaging techniques; removal or reduction of pollutants; soil amendments; revegetation; standards development; and environmental impact assessment.
    soils
    MSc & PhD in Soil Science: This Field of Study is for students that understand soils as a three-dimensional ecosystem or ecosystem component, and research how to preserve soil and arable land in a world with a growing population. Research topics include: soil morphology and classification; biogeochemical cycles; soil chemistry; soil physics and mineralogy; rhizosphere ecology; soil-plant relationships and soil fertility.

     



Contact our graduate administrator, admissions:

Nicole Dubé
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
2-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre
Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada T6G 2P5
rrgrads@ualberta.ca