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School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

New Haven, CT


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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 (MEM) 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 (MF) 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 (MESc) and the Master of Forest Science (MFS) 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 of 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 six months after graduation. 

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

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Environmental Management/Master of Divinity (MEM/M Div)
Master of Environmental Management/Master of Arts in Religion (MEM/MAR)
Master of Environmental Management/Master of Public Health (MEM/MPH)
Master of Environmental Management/Master of Arts (MEM/MA)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Forestry (MBA/MF)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Environmental Management (MBA/MEM)
Juris Doctor/Master of Environmental Management (JD/MEM)
Master of Environmental Management/Master of Architecture (MEM/M Arch)
Master of Environmental Management (MEM) Environmental management Ecosystem and conservation management
Master of Environmental Management (MEM) Environmental management Energy and the environment
Master of Environmental Management (MEM) Environmental management Business and the environment
Master of Environmental Management (MEM) Environmental management Environmental policy analysis
Master of Forestry (MF) Forestry
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Forestry and environmental studies
Master of Forest Studies (MFS) Forest science
Master of Environmental Science (MES) Environmental science

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 152
Doctoral Degrees 15

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

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test, GMAT or LSAT
Internship and capstone project (for MEM and MF); research project and thesis (for MES and MFS)
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline December 15th December 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test, GMAT or LSAT
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans


Focus of faculty research: Environmental policy, social ecology, industrial environmental management, forestry, environmental health, urban ecology, water science policy
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT  06511
United States
Contact Dr. Ingrid Burke
Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Phone: 203-432-5109
Fax: 203-432-3051