Overview

The Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) addresses opportunities and problems related to the international trade of wood and fiber products. Upon acceptance by the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, graduate students with an interest in forest economics and policy impacts, international marketing, technology developments, and value-added forest products, can be affiliated with CINTRAFOR for their graduate degree, either at Masters or PhD level.

The Master of Science degree with an emphasis in International Trade in Forest Products is available through the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Students also have the opportunity to receive an interdisciplinary education through study within the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, the Graduate School of Business Administration, the School of Law, and the Jackson School of International Studies. Course work is dependent upon the specific options selected but can encompass the technical aspects of worldwide forest products trade, wood processing, and trade policy; economic, political, and cultural frameworks for international trade; international marketing, financial, business and administrative processes of forest products trade; analytical problem solving concepts and methodology for international trade research; and regional studies (sociology, culture, politics, and language) of major trading areas.

In the Ph.D. program, students can specialize in one of the disciplines central to issues in forest products industry. Product engineering, political science, economics, sociology, and business are examples. Graduate students also have the opportunity to apply for Research Assistantships and work collaboratively with faculty members and research staff in conjunction with CINTRAFOR. CINTRAFOR's mission is to provide timely and useful information relating to forest products marketing, forest management, public policy, and international trade while working in partnership with companies and governments on various production and trade issues.