School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Yale University

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Yale University

New Haven, CT
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December 15
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13 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES) is one of 13 graduate and professional schools at Yale University. Located in New Haven, CT, F&ES is the oldest continually operating forestry school in the western hemisphere and boasts some of the top researchers, leaders, and historical figures in the environment worldwide. Offering graduate studies only, enrollment is extremely competitive, with approximately 150 master's degree spaces and 12 PhD spaces available each year.

Masters Degrees

The Master of Environmental Management curriculum is designed to ensure that F&ES graduates continue to be competitive in the ever-changing environmental job market by combining science, management and policy. Students are asked to select from 10 specializations: "Business & the Environment;" "Climate Science, Adaptation & Mitigation;" "Ecosystem Conservation & Management;" "Energy & the Environment;" "Environmental Policy Analysis;" "Human Dimensions of Environmental Management;" "Sustainable Land Management;" "Sustainable Urban & Industrial Systems;" "Urban Ecology;" and "Water Resources Management." These specializations are offered to guide students in their academic focuses while not limiting them to a specific set of pre-prescribed courses.

The curriculum of the MEM program provides several foundation courses which deliver a common base of knowledge essential to all environmental professionals and which allow for students to become engaged in more advanced elective courses. Course structures include team led classes, travel-embedded courses, and research-intensive courses. All students are required to complete either capstone courses or final projects.

The Master of Forestry is an SAF-accredited program which is aimed at training professionals for the protection, management, and restoration of native forests, woodlands, and associated human-made forest ecosystems (urban trees, agroforests, plantations); and for mediating and resolving the conflicting values of society that concern these forests and associated ecosystems.

This program is designed for individuals who want to be at the forefront of forest resource management and policy. The MF curriculum is a truly interdisciplinary approach rooted in the biological basis of ecosystems. The MF curriculum allows the student to tailor required courses to desired specializations. Sample specializations have included community development and social forestry; protected areas management; extension and education; consulting and business; watershed health and restoration; tropical forest management; agroforestry; and industrial forest management.

A mid-career degree option is available for both the MEM and MF degrees. Students who sufficiently demonstrate a minimum of 7 years of professional experience in the environmental field may qualify for this one-year degree option.

The Master of Environmental Science and the Master of Forest Science degree programs are expressly designed for students wishing to conduct research that contributes to basic and applied knowledge in any of the fields taught at F&ES, such as ecology, hydrology, social ecology, economics, industrial ecology, or policy. These degrees are intended to facilitate a deeper disciplinary focus than the management degrees, while allowing students the flexibility in course election that will allow them to meet diverse educational goals. The MESC is intended for students who wish to work broadly in different fields of environmental science. The MFS is intended for students who wish to work in forest-related topics. The scientific research required for these degrees will be conducted in close collaboration with an F&ES faculty adviser. Therefore a student must have a commitment from a faculty adviser before being admitted to these degree programs. The MESC and MFS programs require the student to produce a "scholarly product." This product may take the form of a traditional master's thesis or a paper submitted to a professional journal.

Students pursuing master's degree studies may also consider one the joint degree programs offered, including Yale Law, Pace Law, Vermont Law, Yale School of Architecture, Yale School of Management, Yale Divinity School, Yale School of Public Health, Yale's Jackson Institute (Global Studies), Yale's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (International Development Economics, African Studies, East Asian Studies, and European & Russian Studies), the Master of Environmental Engineering program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. China and the MBA program at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.


F&ES masters' degree students hail from a variety of interest areas, backgrounds and experience levels in the environment and are themselves a resource for their peers. F&ES has a comprehensive admissions process that requires each student to submit a number of materials including academic records, resume/CV, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and additional materials. It is important to note that F&ES reviews on a holistic basis and there is no one component that weighs more in the school's decision to admit. Each fall class profile includes an average age of 27 years, 3-4 years of professional experience, 3.5 undergraduate GPA, and a clearly articulated focus.

Materials must be submitted by December 15 to guarantee an admissions review. Applications received after this date will only be reviewed on a space-available basis. Admission to F&ES is available annually, with a fall starting term. All classes are delivered through resident instruction. The admissions office strongly encourages students to attend one of the scheduled events held each fall both on and off campus. To view upcoming events please see:

Financial Aid

F&ES awards financial aid and scholarship awards primarily on a need basis with a component of merit. For this reason, all students wishing to be considered for financial assistance are required to complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an F&ES Financial Aid application form. International students are only required to complete the latter. Completed financial aid applications must be received no later than February 15. Additionally, upon the submission of an admissions application, students will receive access to an extensive outside scholarship database from which to guide their independent scholarship search.


Current F&ES students are part of a unique and intimate community represented at any one time by students from 25+ countries. Upon graduating from F&ES, students are networked with over 4,400 living alumni residing in 86 different countries. This network, along with the student-centered Career Development Office, is an integral part of F&ES's success in having a 95% alumni employment rate just 6 months after graduation.

Interested individuals should feel free to contact F&ES with any questions at

Location & Contact

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Yale University

205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States

Peter Crane

Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Phone: 203-432-5109
Fax: 203-432-3051

Ms. Danielle Dailey

Director of Enrollment Management

Phone: 203-432-5106
Fax: 203-432-5528

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Forestry And Environmental Studies Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Environmental Management (JD/MEM)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Environmental Management (MBA/MEM)
      Master of Business Administration/Master of Forestry (MBA/MF)
      Master of Environmental Management/Master of Architecture (MEM/M Arch)
      Master of Environmental Management/Master of Arts (MEM/MA)
      Master of Environmental Management/Master of Arts in Religion (MEM/MAR)
      Master of Environmental Management/Master of Divinity (MEM/M Div)
      Master of Environmental Management/Master of Public Health (MEM/MPH)
    • Environmental Management Master of Environmental Management (MEM)
    • Environmental Science Master of Environmental Science (MES)
    • Forest Science Master of Forest Studies (MFS)
    • Forestry Master of Forestry (MF)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 139
    • Doctoral Degrees 11
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 575
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 149
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $80
    • Application Fee - International $80
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, GMAT or LSAT
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL (minimum score 600 paper-based; 100 iBT) or IELTS (minimum score 7)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate StudentsNot Reported
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate StudentsNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian74%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races6%
    • Unknown3%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchEnvironmental policy, social ecology, industrial environmental management, forestry, environmental health, urban ecology, water science policy
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported