PhD in Forestry students can be found all over the world; they are important ambassadors for UBC Forestry and demonstrate just how diverse and international in scope the research is that is undertaken in our Faculty.
We have approximately 140 doctoral students in any given year, which is just over half of our total Forestry graduate student population. In addition to being part of the Faculty of Forestry, PhD students are also considered members of one of our three Faculty departments, based on their supervisor’s affiliation.
Field of Study:
Applicants must intend to undertake doctoral research in one of the following areas of excellence for the Faculty of Forestry. The research must be conducted, at least in part,
in British Columbia, and should result in an outcome which has practical application in BC.
• Forest Products
• Forest Genomics;
• Climate Change;
• Urban Forestry;
• Forest Management
• Forested Landscapes;
• Salmon Ecology;
• Forest Health;
• Forests and Indigenous Peoples;
• Forests and Human Health.
The majority of our doctoral students are admitted on the basis of a completed Master’s degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution and show clear evidence of research ability or potential.
For doctoral applicants with International credentials, we require an academic degree and GPA as detailed by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies International Evaluation Manual.
English Language Proficiency. Applicants whose prior degree is from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide official results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your program application and the results must be sent to UBC directly from the testing agency. TOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, PTE are considered acceptable tests; you may refer to the UBC Grad Studies page for a complete list of acceptable testing agencies.
The minimum TOEFL internet-based score required for a Forestry graduate program application is 100, with a minimum score in each component: Reading – 23; Writing – 24; Listening – 23; Speaking – 22.
For IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 7.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component of the academic (NOT general) test.
If you plan on taking an English proficiency test with a different testing agency, please contact us for information on the minimum test score required.
Please note that at UBC, minimum test scores vary from program to program. Forestry’s minimum language score requirements are higher than the minimums listed by Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
If you completed your degree credential in a non-English speaking country but your university’s primary language of instruction is English, we require an official letter from the University Registrar to confirm this. In such cases, you may be exempted from language testing.
A complete Ph.D., MSc or MASc application file includes the following items. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their online application and all supporting documents (including official language test scores if applicable) are received by the deadline.
1. Secure the interest of a prospective supervisor
2. Complete the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies online application package
3. Scanned copies of official transcripts
4. Three (3) References
5. English Language Proficiency
6. Letter of Intent
7. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
The major requirement for the Ph.D. in Forestry is the completion of a research dissertation which meets the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies.
Advancement to Candidacy must be achieved within 24 months of the start of studies, the requirements of which include a comprehensive examination.
Coursework is not required for the Forestry Ph.D., although many doctoral students do complete courses (either for credit or audit) as recommended by their supervisory committee.
Time in the program for Forestry Ph.D. students varies, depending on the nature of the student’s research. The current average is 5 years.
View our completed Forestry theses and dissertations online via the UBC Library.
November 24, 2017
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
The University of British Columbia
170-6371 Crescent Road
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Tel 604 822 2848
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