The Master of Forestry (MF) degree is the advanced professional forestry degree granted by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM). The student who has completed an undergraduate curriculum in forestry is usually broadly trained in the principles of forestry but has not yet developed proficiency in the application of these principles to diverse problems involved in professional practice. The Master of Forestry program is designed to advance the student's understanding of the essentials of professional forest management at the graduate level within the context of resource and environmental planning of sustainable systems.

Beginning in Fall 2020, the Master of Forestry program will offer a 4+1 program. The 4+1 program allows students who plan to graduate from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in one of the ESPM majors to apply for the Master of Forestry program in the spring semester of their junior year. Students who are admitted into the 4+1 program could then take up to three courses during their final semester of their senior year and begin preparation for the final project and professional paper.