Why pursue a Master’s in Environmental Assessment?
Evaluating the environmental impacts of a project prior to its implementation is an essential part of sound decision-making. Objective assessments must identify all environmental risks associated with a proposal and offer solutions to mitigate those concerns. We need scholars to acquire a foundational knowledge in federal environmental laws and policies so they can effectively develop impact studies before prospective plans or programs are carried out.
The MEnv in Environmental Assessment provides occasions for you to establish a comprehensive approach to scoping, data collection and analysis, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). You will explore all aspects and methodologies of the environmental assessment process as you effectively analyze technical reports and oversee complex projects.
Benefit from a four-month internship where you will work under professional supervision in an environmental assessment related field. Potential placement sites include all levels of government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and private corporations. You will also be given opportunities to improve your soft skills through a series of resumé writing and interview workshops, as well as an introduction to basic concepts of project management.
Our acclaimed faculty members represent a dynamic group of researchers with cross-disciplinary interests in fields as varied as biology and film.
The normal requirement for admission to the MEnv in EA is a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline in Arts or Science from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3.30 on 4.30. Applicants are selected on the basis of a sound undergraduate academic record and strong language skills in English and/or French which allows them to secure an internship, which is a requirement of the program. Students who lack appropriate Ecology or Geographic Information Systems preparation are required to take preparatory courses such as BIOL 205, Introduction to Sustainability; a 300-level physical geography course; or GEOG 363, Geographic Information Systems. Those lacking a social science background may be required to take GEOG 355, Resource Analysis and Management, or a similar course.
Students already registered in the Diploma in EA (DEA) are permitted to apply to the MEnv in EA. Students who choose to apply to the MEnv in EA do not graduate from the DEA, but their courses and grades are transferred to the MEnv in EA. A minimum grade of B is required for a course to be transferred from the DEA to the MEnv in EA. The Graduate Committee of the Department is responsible for the admissions transfer from the DEA to the MEnv in EA.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Compulsory Courses. All students must take 21 credits: ENVS 601, ENVS 608, ENVS 652, ENVS 653, ENVS 664, ENVS 667.
Elective Courses. All students must take 6 credits from: BIOL 618, ECON 659, ENVS 604, ENVS 605, ENVS 620, GEOG 607, GEOG 620, HENV 610, HENV 625, HENV 660, HENV 655, HENV 670, HENV 675, HENV 680.
Internship and Report. ENVS 696 (18 credits)
To enter the internship students must have completed the prescribed 27 credits of course work, must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher, and must have demonstrated language proficiency as required by the internship host. Students who are ineligible to enter the internship, but have successfully completed all course work, may transfer to the Diploma in Environmental Assessment.
During a four-month internship, you will gain hands-on experience under professional supervision. Many internships evolve into temporary or permanent employment positions, and students are often paid during their placement.
To enter the internship students must have completed the prescribed 27 credits of course work, must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher, and must have demonstrated language proficiency as required by the internship host.
Examples of past internship sites include:
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Office of the Auditor General
Commission on Environmental Cooperation
David Suzuki Foundation
Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Lima, Peru
US Council on Environmental Quality
Ministère du Développement Durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques (MDDELCC)
A MEnv in Environmental Assessment prepares you for careers in various sectors, including the federal and provincial governments, environmental assessment agencies and private sector consulting firms.
About 85 per cent of our alumni have found employment in various environmental fields. Our graduates are also well-placed to continue their studies at the doctoral level. Please also consult the Graduate placement rate page.
Our alumni are highly sought after by environmental consulting firms, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and higher education institutions. Graduates are working as planning policy officers, environmental and permitting managers, consultants, analysts, project coordinators, and environmental planners.
Examples of organizations and institutions our alumni are currently working for include:
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Office of the Auditor General of Canada
National Capital Commission
Transport Canada - Programs Directorate, Environmental Affairs
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
White House Council on Environmental Quality
Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation
UNEP – Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity