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Build a More Sustainble Environment: Our Future is Together

"I have been able to conduct cutting-edge research from a holistic perspective instead of being limited to a specific field of knowledge base"

Julie Roberson, Environmental Applied Science and Management, MASc Alumna & PhD

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 (ES 8901, ES 8930, and ES 8920 or ES 8921), thesis students must complete four program elective courses and the master's thesis. A minimum of one elective must be chosen from the Group A Environmental Applied Science electives list and a minimum of one elective must be chosen from the Group B Environmental Management electives list.

To fulfil the master's thesis requirement, thesis option students conduct an advanced examination of a topic in the environmental applied science and management areas. 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.

Curriculum (7 courses total)
  • ES8901 - Chemical and Biological Pathways
  • ES8930 - Seminar
  • And, one of:
    • ES8920 - Environmental Policy and Management, or
    • ES8921 - Environmental Law
  • Four (4) elective courses must be completed
    • One (1) elective must be selected from Group A
    • One (1) elective must be selected from Group B
    • Two (2) electives may be chosen from Groups A, B, and/or C
Research Component

Master’s Thesis

The MASc project option requires the completion of ten courses and a master’s project.  In addition to the three required courses (ES 8901, ES 8920 or ES 8921 and ES 8930), project option students must complete seven program elective courses plus a master's project. A minimum of two elective courses must be chosen from the Group A Environmental Applied Science electives list, and a minimum of two chosen from the Group B Environmental Management electives list.

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.

Curriculum (10 courses total)
  • ES8901 - Chemical and Biological Pathways
  • ES8930 - Seminar
  • And, one of:
    • ES8920 - Environmental Policy and Management, or
    • ES8921 - Environmental Law
  • Seven (7) elective courses must be completed
    • Two (2) elective must be selected from Group A
    • Two (2) elective must be selected from Group B
    • Three (3) electives may be chosen from Groups A, B, and/or C
Research Component

Master’s Professional Project Paper

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 graduate calendar.  Full-time enrollment is required. Requirements may be completed between 9 and 18 terms or three to six terms.  

A total of four (4) courses must be completed:

  • There are two (2) required courses: 
    • ES9001 - Adv Studies in Env Policy Mgmt, and
    • ES9002 - Research Methods: Env App Sc and Mgt
  • One elective course must be completed from each of Groups A and B (see above)
  • A PhD symposium must also be completed
  • 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)