"I have been able to conduct cutting-edge research from a holistic perspective instead of being limited to a specific field of knowledge base"
The Environmental Applied Science and Management MASc and PhD programs take a unique interdisciplinary approach to providing students with studies in environmental sciences, technology, and environmental management systems and decision-making, setting our program apart from others.
Our program is suitable for students from a number of related disciplines including biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geography, geology, public and occupational health, urban planning and environmental studies.
MASc Program Information
The Master's program has been structured to combine core and elective courses in environmental applied science and environmental management. Students are required to take a core course in each area of study and to take a common seminar in environmental applied science and management. More information is available online in the graduate calendar.
All MASc students, both full- and part-time, are required to maintain continuous and active program registration from the first term program admission until degree completion including the spring/summer term (i.e., May – August).
Full-time students normally are expected to take a minimum of three courses per teaching term. Graduation from the program through full-time study is normally two years after admission (the minimum residency requirement for full-time students is five terms and each term has four months). Full-time students must complete the degree requirements no more than three years after admission.
The minimum residency requirement for part-time students is ten terms and each term has four months. Part-time students must complete the degree requirements no more than five academic years after admission. Part-time students may register for a maximum of two courses per term and normally are expected to take a minimum of one course in each teaching term. Canadian or permanent residents may apply for part-time studies.
The MASc thesis option requires the completion of seven courses and a master’s thesis. In addition to the three required courses, thesis students must complete four program elective courses and the master's thesis. For more information, please refer to the Graudate Academic Calendar for Environmental Applied Science and Management.
To fulfil the master's thesis requirement, thesis option students conduct an advanced examination of a topic relating to the environment and/or sustainability. Students propose and carry out the research under the direction of a faculty supervisor. On completion, the research is submitted in a thesis format, to the supervisor and defended by the student before a thesis examining committee.
The MASc project option requires the completion of ten courses and a master’s project. In addition to the three required courses, project option students must complete seven program elective courses plus a master's project. For more information, please refer to the Graudate Academic Calendar for Environmental Applied Science and Management.
The Project option is intended for students following a professional career path in environmental applied science and management, and is typically conducted in an applied setting. In the project, students propose and carry out advanced work in an industry or a public sector organization under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Upon completion, the research project is submitted in a written report to the faculty supervisor and is defended by the student before a project examining committee.
PhD Program Information
PhD students complete a total of four courses and three milestones: PhD Symposium, Candidacy Examination, Dissertation.
More details are available in the online Graudate Academic Calendar for Environmental Applied Science and Management.. Full-time enrollment is required. Requirements may be completed between 9 and 18 terms or three to six years.
In year one of the program, PhD students are expected to complete all course work, develop their supervisory committe and complete the PhD Symposium Milestone. The milestone consists of the organization, by the cohort of PhD students, of a one-day symposium normally held in the Winter semester. The symposium will focus on a current interest in the areas of environmental applied science, policy and management.
For details on course work and curriculum, please refer to the Graudate Academic Calendar for Environmental Applied Science and Management.
- A dissertation proposal should be developed
- A candidacy examination, consisting of both written and oral components, should be completed
- Conduct dissertation research
- Prepare written dissertation
- Complete final dissertation defense
- Prepare manuscripts for publication (as necessary)
Where do our students end up working?
Research Chemist in Air Quality Research
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Corporate Environmental Sustainability
Specialist, Indigenous & Northern Housing Solutions
Health and Safety Consulting
Operations Engineering Associate
Infrastructure Sustainability & Resilience Advisor
Sustainable Fashion Expert
Waste Management, Technical Assistant
Environmental Data Analyst
Sustainability Planning Coordinator
Monitoring Technician. Conservation Authority
Medical Lab Assistant
Director of Policy, Budget and Communications
Coordinator, Conservation Authority