Master of Environmental Management & Master of Forestry (MEM/MF)
With careful planning of their curriculum, students can earn both the MEM and the MF degrees concurrently (MF degree information here). Determination of eligibility for the degrees will be made on an individual basis and will consider the educational background and objectives of the student. The requirements for earning both degrees are:
- The student must qualify for either the MEM or MF degree by earning 48 units of credit
- For the second degree, the student must complete an additional 24 units of study that, in combination with courses taken for the first degree, meet the substance of the requirements for the second degree.
- Two additional semesters in residence are normally required, although, with careful planning, the student may be able to complete both professional degrees in a total of five semesters.
- One Master’s Project is required. Students completing both MEM and MF degrees write one MP that includes subject matter suitable to both forestry and the MEM program area (this requirement applies also to students who elect to do group MPs).
To facilitate course planning, you will have a coursework adviser for each program (but just one MP adviser). Fill out a course planning form for each of the degree programs, showing 48 credits under the primary degree and 24 credits under the secondary degree. To show where you are using courses taken for credit under the primary degree to meet requirements of the secondary degree, put parentheses around those courses (to indicate that the substance of the course meets the program requirements, but the credits do not count toward the 24 for the second degree).
MEM/MF students need have only one MP adviser and participate in only one MP seminar. The MP seminar would usually be the one for the primary degree (the one where the student is completing 48 credits), but it’s possible that the MP adviser might be affiliated with the secondary degree program (where the student is completing 24 credits), or be the adviser of a group MP, in which case it would make more sense for the student to participate in the MP seminar for the secondary degree or for the group MPs. To verify that the MP covers both forestry and the MEM program subject area, the signatures on the MP proposal must include both the student’s forestry adviser and the student’s MEM adviser, as well as the MP adviser (in most cases, the MP adviser is likely to also be filling one of these other roles and could sign in both places). If the subject matter of the MP changes after the proposal is signed, it is the responsibility of the student to check with both the forestry adviser and the MEM adviser to be sure that the new topic also satisfies the requirement to include both MF and MEM subject matter.
Remember that when you commit to the concurrent degree program, with reduced credits, you won’t receive either degree until you’ve completed all requirements for both degrees, including your Masters Project.
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