About the program

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Key features

The National Forestry Masters Program has been developed to offer students access to the best available teaching, field experience, industry and research opportunities in a flexible structure. It has been devised in close partnership with employers, industry groups and government bodies to set a new standard in relevant, accessible and practical training for professional foresters.

The program is delivered by five Australian universities:

  • Students can study full-time, part-time, or just for professional development;
    degree students can exit with a Graduate Certificate (4 courses1), a Graduate Diploma (8 courses) or a Masters (16 courses)
  • All students participate in two joint core courses. The first of these focuses on Australian forests and forestry, and the second on forests and forestry in the region. Both have significant field components.
  • All students also participate in at least one 'partnership' course, offered by one or more institutions with particular strength in that topic. Students can choose more partnership courses if they wish.
  • Students can also take courses from other institutions such as those at University of Western Australia and Macquarie University.
  • Industry and research placements are an integral part of the program.

Browse further for details about structure and study options, courses and placements and scholarship opportunities.


1. The terminology differs between universities – here, a 'course' is a single unit or subject of study, equivalent to 1/8th of a year's program.