The Master of Environment is an interdisciplinary program focusing on basic, and applied research. Dealing with, the complex relationships among the environment, earth, natural resources, and society at large. The program is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, allowing students to take courses in, and work with researchers from a number of departments within the University.
The Master of Environment was created to facilitate research that incorporates or explicitly speaks to human beings as part of living landscapes. Participants have a wide range of backgrounds and generally incorporate at least two of the biological, physical, and social sciences in their research in remote, rural, or urban regions. A required "environmental methodologies" course GEOG 7360 facilitates discussion among participants, at once developing insight, and sensitivity to a wide diversity of research methods, creating linkages amongst students in the program, and evaluating the implications of involving resource dependent communities in research.
The goal of the Master of Environment is to develop a scientific understanding of the environment, negative and positive feedbacks of natural and anthropogenic processes on the environment. Much of this research is relevant to policy development, management of the environment, and its resources. Faculty and students study environmental concerns from a variety of perspectives, from both the natural/physical sciences, and the social sciences/humanities.
The Ultra-Clean Trace Element Laboratory UCTEL is one of the most advanced ultra-trace analytical facilities in the world. The chemistry and biogeochemistry, of trace elements in the environment are studied. The Stress Ecology in Aquatic and Riparian Habitats Laboratory SEARcH will provide a controlled growth room and equipment for the study of ecosystem structure and function as well as the persistence and degradation of contaminants in these environments. The Environmental Conservation Lab focuses on the interface between biological and social sciences and conducts community-centered research, education, and outreach across North America and in the Global South. Research incorporates extensive fieldwork, spatial analysis and participatory video making. Master of Environment students also have access to the research facilities of the Centre for Earth Observation Science.
In addition to the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the last 60 CH of course work. Applicants must be accepted by an advisor prior to submitting an application to enter the program. Please review the academic listing found at the following link and communicate directly with those whose research most closely matches that of your own interests. The department will not consider applications that have not identified a confirmed program supervisor.
Minimum program requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of the Calendar. Master of Environment students are required to complete at least 12 credit hours as follows: 6 credit hours from the 7000 level, including GEOG 7360 and 6 credit hours of any other course at the 3000-level or higher. Students who began their program after June 2008 must present their thesis research at a seminar offered and advertised at the department level prior to their defence. Students are also encouraged to attend and present at an academic or a professional conference or seminar as approved by their Advisory Committee. In addition, a thesis is required. An oral defence of the thesis is an integral part of the Master of Environment examination.
Complete supplementary regulations of the program can be found and should be consulted HERE (PDF) or on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. It is the students' responsibility to read and follow these regulations.
Second Language Reading Requirement: none
Expected Time to Graduate: two years
For Information on approval requirements, or Graduate admission process, please contact the Department Graduate Program Office:
Graduate Program and Alumni Coordinator