In the United States, programmatic accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that assures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Academic programs volunteer to undergo this comprehensive review periodically to determine if certain criteria are being met. Accreditation is not a ranking system. It is simply assurance that a degree program meets quality standards established by the profession.

SAF is responsible for the accreditation of postsecondary degree-granting programs in forestry, urban forestry, natural resources and ecosystem management, and forest technology. Many academic programs across the country offer a diversity of options or curriculum choices within a degree program - not all are accredited. The listings below categorize accredited curricular options within degree programs according to the standard under which they are accredited and candidate curricular options under the standard for which they have candidacy status.

SAF Accreditation Response to COVID-19

We recognize these are extraordinary times, and SAF accredited programs are having to modify normal practices to address institutional and governmental guidelines and directives while striving to achieve learning outcomes. SAF will not be imposing any penalties for temporary changes in practice that our accredited programs need to put in place for the safety of students, staff, faculty, and communities. Such changes might include expanding S/U or P/NP options over normal grading for spring 2020 terms, teaching field labs via video-conference, modifying summer field experiences, or suspending internship requirements for students who may not have had opportunities available to them in the spring/summer of 2020 due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

We do request that you use the substantive change forms available on our accreditation resources web page to document succinctly any changes you have had to implement, and would appreciate receiving these by July 31st. 

If you have specific questions about your accredited degree programs, please contact the SAF Director of Science and Education.

Accredited and Candidate Degree Programs

College Guide

The SAF College Guide highlights career opportunities available in forestry and natural resources and includes a directory of SAF-accredited programs. Plus, seventeen colleges share what makes their SAF-accredited programs unique.

SAF College Guide