When you choose an SAF-accredited degree program, you are choosing wisely, since accreditation assures that a degree program has met quality standards set by the profession.
To employers, graduate schools, and licensure, certification, and registration boards, graduation from an accredited degree program signifies adequate preparation for entry into the profession. Many of these groups require graduation from an accredited program as a minimum qualification. Here are some examples:
No matter which degree program option you choose - forest management, forest biology, urban forestry, natural resources, watershed management or another option, SAF-accreditation is an important indicator of commitment to quality and may be a key to your professional future.
Does SAF accredit associate, undergraduate, or graduate degree programs?
SAF accredits associate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs. Because SAF accreditation concentrates on forest technology and first professional degree programs, currently, only a few master's and no doctoral degree programs are accredited.
Does SAF accredit distance education programs?
SAF's accreditation criteria require laboratory and field experiences. These are difficult to achieve via remote learning environments. However, some SAF-accredited degree programs do offer portions of their curriculum online. Please contact academic programs individually for information about what delivery options each has to offer.
Trying to choose between forestry and forest technology?
Here is a quick explanation of the major differences between the two:
Is there a difference between a BS and a BSF?
There really is no difference. Institutions can give their degrees any name they choose. Contact the institution itself for more information about its degree titles and their distinctions.
Can SAF provide program or institution rankings?
Accreditation is not a ranking system. SAF does not rank programs in any way.
What is SAF's policy on transfer credits?
Policies on transfer credits and admissions are set by individual institutions, not by SAF. Questions related to these policies should be directed to the institution.