Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is internationally known for its excellence. Founded in 1900, the school offers master’s degrees and doctoral programs and serves as a locus for research into local, regional and global environmental issues.
Students here establish close relationships with faculty mentors, work in well-equipped laboratories and use the resources of one of the world’s largest library systems. They choose from a broad selection of courses at F&ES and at other graduate schools at the University, including the law school, the school of public health and the school of management. Students with well-defined cross-disciplinary interests can apply for joint degrees at nine different schools. In addition, students can enrich their studies by attending lectures, seminars, films and conferences, and by joining student groups suited to their interests.
Vision and Mission of the School
Knowledge and leadership for a sustainable future
Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies aspires to lead the world toward a sustainable future with cutting-edge research, teaching, and public engagement on society’s evolving and urgent environmental challenges.
Their Mission and Vision are grounded in seven fundamental Values:
- Excellence: They promote and engage in path-breaking science, policy, and business models that build on a fundamental commitment to analytic rigor, data, intellectual integrity, and excellence
- Leadership: They attract outstanding students nationally and internationally and offer a pioneering curriculum that defines the knowledge and skills needed to be a 21st century environmental leader in a range of professions
- Sustainability: They generate knowledge that will advance thinking and understanding across the various dimensions of sustainability
- Community: They offer a community that finds strength in its collegiality, diversity, independence, commitment to excellence and to lifelong learning
- Diversity: They celebrate our differences and identify pathways to a sustainable future that respects diverse values including equity, liberty, and civil discourse
- Collaboration: They foster collaborative learning, professional skill development, and problem-solving—and they strengthen their scholarship, teaching, policy work, and outreach through partnerships across the university and beyond
- Responsibility: They encourage environmental stewardship and responsible behavior on campus and beyond
In pursuit of their Vision and Mission, they:
- Build on more than a century of work bringing science-based strategies, ethical considerations, and conservation practices to natural resource management
- Approach problems on a systems basis and from interdisciplinary perspectives
- Integrate theory and practice—and provide innovative solutions to society’s most pressing environmental problems
- Address environmental challenges at multiple scales from local to global and multiple settings from urban to rural and from managed to wild—including working lands and landscapes
- Draw on the depth of resources at Yale and the network of alumni that extends across the world
- Create opportunities for research and policy application as well as professional development through a structure of faculty-led Centers and Programs
- Provide a neutral forum to convene conversations on difficult issues that are critical to progress on sustainability
- Bring special focus on the most significant threats to a sustainable future including climate change, the corresponding need for clean energy, and the increasing stresses on natural resourcesSee more