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University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


MSU Forestry Non-credit Courses for Summer 2024

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Summer 2024 for individuals interested in online learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program.

Forest Biogeochemistry and Climate Change
Session 1: May 13 – June 27
Biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients within forest ecosystems. Disturbance, harvesting and forest management effects on the exchange of greenhouse gases between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Contact: Akihiro Koyama, koyamaak(at)
Cost: $865
Level: Advanced

Michigan’s Forests
Session 1: May 13 – June 27
Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.
Contact: Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)
Cost: $600
Level: Introductory

Introduction to Forestry
Session 2: July 1 – August 15
Historical development of forestry. Forest growth, protection, management, and products. Relationship of national and world economy and policy to forestry.
Contact: Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)
Cost: $600
Level: Introductory

Organizers: Department of Forestry, Michigan State University
Deadline for application:  The enrollment deadline is the first day of the course.


Master of Science in Tropical Forestry (self-financed) // 31 May or 15 July 2024

Since its inception in 1995, this unique 2-year master's degree program has garnered international recognition through its focus on social, ecological and economic aspects of tropical forest management. This is an excellent opportunity to study in an international, intercultural, and dynamic working environment offered at the reputed 'Chair of Tropical and International Forestry' that offers integrated specialization in tropical ecology, forest and development policy and resource management. In this programme, you will learn from and work alongside a competent academic and research team, who will supervise your field research in international tropical or sub-tropical contexts. Drawing on a century-long expertise in forest sciences, our programme puts emphasis on the ecological, technical as well as social science dimensions in forestry. Special attention is given to the socio-economic as well as socio-political aspects during the education. At the end of the study program, interested graduates with outstanding merit will have a chance to enter a PhD program and join a team of researchers. You will also benefit from our competent alumni network of over 400 forestry professionals employed by some of the major national, international, intergovernmental, and private organizations around the world.

Start of studies: October 2024
Duration: 4 semesters
Venue: Tharandt, Germany
Organizers: Technische Universität Dresden

Application deadlines:
31 May (international applicants, from outside the EU)
15 July (applicants from the EU)

Admission Requirements and Application Procedures:
Contact:  tropentutor(at)        


E-Learning Course on Gender and inclusion in Forest Landscape Restoration

This course, developed by gender experts, compiles research, case studies and practical recommendations from leading institutions engaged in forest landscape restoration. In this self-paced online course, you will learn the fundamentals of gender and social inclusion in forest landscapes restoration (FLR). The course focuses on gender inequalities, gender-differentiated impacts and opportunities to address inequalities for more equitable and sustainable FLR, to build the abilities and understanding of diverse stakeholders on the gender and FLR nexus.

Date:  self-paced
Location:  online
Organizers:  Forests, Trees and Agroforestry

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