M.Sc Forestry is the oldest programme which has been offered since 1974 while the other two programmes (Agroforestry and Ecosystem Science and Management) were recently established (2011). M.Sc programmes are offered for two years, the first year being for course work and the second year for research and dissertation write up. Students are also admitted to a 3 year PhD programme by research only or course work and research.
Field practicals in some of these fields are conducted at the College training facilities at Olmotonyi (an 840 ha forest plantation) and Mazumbai forest reserve (320 ha montane forest) and Kitulanghalo (550 ha Miombo woodlands). There is also a forest biology laboratory at the main campus for student practicals and research as well as staff research. Other laboratory facilities in the University are utilized by staff and students as need arises.
Academic staffs in the Department of Ecosystems and Conservation give lectures to undergraduates (B.Sc Forestry, B.Sc Wildlife Management and Bachelor of Tourism Management) and postgraduates (M.Sc Forestry, M.Sc Agroforestry, M.Sc Ecosystem Science and Management and PhD) in its fields of mandate.
Academic members of staff undertake research in various fields. Many researches have been conducted by staff and students since professional forestry education started in Tanzania in 1973. At present a total of 12 research projects are in progress . Research projects are local and/or donor funded