The program information below was valid for the fall 2016 term (September 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016). This is the archived version; the most up-to-date program information is available through the current Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • Thesis option: The minimum period of full-time enrolment in the thesis option is three terms (one year) or its equivalent. Normally degree requirements are to be completed within a maximum of six terms (two years) for full-time study or within 15 terms (five years) for part-time study. Most full-time students complete their course requirements within their first two terms and are prepared for thesis research in their third term. Continuous enrolment is required.
    • Master’s Research Paper option: The minimum period of full-time enrolment is three terms (one year) or its equivalent. Normally degree requirements are to be completed within a maximum of four terms. Most full-time students complete their course requirements within their first two terms and are prepared to begin Master’s Research Paper research in their third term. Continuous enrolment is required.
  • Program type 
    • Collaborative
    • Master's
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • Students must possess an Honours Bachelor degree or its equivalent in some environmentally related field, with at least a 75% average in the last two years.
    • The equivalent of one year of related work experience is strongly recommended.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  2
    • Type of references: 

      academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete at least 5 courses. These 5 courses will include 3 ERS core courses and the 2 WATER core courses.
    • Core courses:
      • ERS 670 Master of Environmental Studies (MES) Thesis Development (Winter)
      • ERS 680 Implications of a Sustainable Society for ERS (Fall)
      • ERS 681 Sustainability Applications (Winter)
    • Water core courses:
      • WATER 601 Integrated Water Management (Winter)
      • WATER 602 Integrated Water Management Project (Fall)
    • The core courses are designed to provide fundamental multidisciplinary knowledge and experience to complement the student’s specialist courses and water-related research.
    • The Department will determine whether or not collaborative program courses can be used as electives. It is therefore possible that students will need to take additional courses in order to meet the specific requirements of the Water program.
    • Students must maintain an academic average of at least 75%.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Master's Research/Design Paper
  • Master’s Thesis Proposal
    • October 15, first semester: Thesis research agenda statement (submitted to Advisor).
    • Additional milestones are incorporated as course requirements in ERS 670 MES Research Development, for Thesis students.
  • Master’s Thesis
    • Completion and successful defence of a Master’s Thesis.

    Master's Research Paper option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete at least 7 courses. These 7 courses will include 4 ERS core courses and the 2 WATER core courses, plus 1 additional elective.
    • Core courses:
      • ERS 669 Research Design and Methods (Fall)
      • ERS 670 Master of Environmental Studies (MES) Thesis Development (Winter)
      • ERS 680 Implications of a Sustainable Society for ERS (Fall)
      • ERS 681 Sustainability Applications (Winter)
      • 1 elective course (Fall or Winter term)
    • Water core courses:
      • WATER 601 Integrated Water Management (Winter)
      • WATER 602 Integrated Water Management Project (Fall)
    • The core courses are designed to provide fundamental multidisciplinary knowledge and experience to complement the student’s specialist courses and water‐related research.
    • The Department will determine whether or not collaborative program courses can be used as electives. It is therefore possible that students will need to take additional courses in order to meet the specific requirements of the Water program.
    • Students must maintain an academic average of at least 75%.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Master's Research/Design Paper
  • Master’s Research Paper
    • October 15, first semester: Master’s Research Paper agenda statement (submitted to Advisor).
    • Additional milestones are incorporated as course requirements in ERS 670 MES Research Development, for Master’s Research Paper students.
    • Acceptance of a Master’s Research Paper to be evaluated by the student’s advisor and one committee member.