The Master of Environment
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.
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 and 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 provides 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.
Expected duration: 2 years
Tuition and fees: One year tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)
All students must complete and orally defend a thesis that makes a distinctive contribution to the fields of environment and/or geography.
Students must present their thesis research at a seminar offered and advertised at the department level prior to their defense.
Students are also encouraged to present at an academic or a professional conference or seminar as approved by their advisory committee.
Sample course offerings
- GEOG 7180: Methodology of Agricultural Geography
- GEOG 7200: Environment, Resources, and Population
- GEOG 7290: Energy Analysis
- GEOG 7332: Concepts in Atmospheric Modelling
- GEOG 7360: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Issues in the Environment
- GEOG 7400: Field Topics in Arctic Systems
- GEOG 7440: Climate Change
- GEOG 7470: Techniques in Climatology
- GEOG 7580: Gender and the Human Environment
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Master of Environment program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Students with an honours degree or equivalent (including a 4-year advanced degree) in geography (physical geography specialization) or from a program in the Earth or environmental sciences will be considered.
The requirement for admission is a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours of course work.
Applicants must be accepted by an advisor prior to submitting an application to enter the program. Please review the academic listing and communicate directly with those whose research most closely matches that of your own interests.
In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
How to apply
Applications are submitted online and must include the following before they will be reviewed by the admissions committee:
- $100 application fee (non-refundable)
- Statement of intent
- Supervisor support
- Completed student-advisor application checklist
- 2 letters of recommendation from academic sources different from supervisor
Please read the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application instructions before beginning your application.
Statement of intent information
The statement of intent should be between 1 and 2 pages and will briefly describe your intended research project, including your previous research or experience, the proposed topic, preferred methods and potential contributions.
Letters written in the format of a research proposal are strongly preferred. Applicants are encouraged to consult the graduate scholarship application instructions of their appropriate Tricouncil Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) for guidance.
The statement of intent must be approved by your proposed program advisor prior to submitting to the online system.
Admission and application inquiries
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
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