Why pursue a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Assessment?
Rapid unsustainable development, accelerated resource extraction, and significant shifts in environmental governance have all contributed to escalating ecological crises in our society. Now more than ever, we need critical minds to rigorously apply environmental assessment as a tool to support the struggles for social and environmental justice and to reflect on possibilities for further improvement of the environmental assessment process.
The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Assessment provides a unique learning experience where you will address today’s most pressing environmental problems by developing skills in data analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and policy development. These skills will help you address pressing issues of environmental destruction that undermine the living conditions of future generations. Under the direction of our acclaimed faculty members, you will examine research in various fields, such as political ecology, science and technology, and critical geographies, while maintaining a particular focus on Canadian and Indigenous affairs.
Benefit from an environment where graduate students regularly collaborate with researchers on numerous projects and publications. Our students have co-authored research papers in distinguished peer-reviewed journals, including Environmental Impact Assessment Review, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, and Biodiversity and Conservation.
Join a cohort of students who are dedicated to understanding the broad implications of present-day environmental issues and how they can enact actual change. Course materials and resources are designed for students who want to pursue their studies at more advanced academic levels and for working professionals interested in the environmental field.
Admissions Requirements. A Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline in Arts or Science is required. 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.
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.
Faculty members regularly publish their research findings in reputable, peer-reviewed journals, including Development and Change, the Journal of Political Ecology, Ecological Indicators, Ecology and Society, and Geoforum.
Faculty research interests include:
geographic information systems
historical and economic geographies of the Americas
landscape ecology and road ecology
indigenous resource management
quantification and assessment of landscape structure and landscape change
The David B. Frost GIS Laboratory is a state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems teaching and individual study computer lab. Computers run the latest version of ArcGIS, as well as support programs for Computer Assisted Design, remote sensing and image editing.
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
Students admitted to the Diploma in Environmental Assessment (DEA) may subsequently apply, in a future admission cycle, to the Master of Environment (MEnv), if they have maintained a CGPA greater or equal to 3.30. A new application will be required, with 3 letters of reference from current or recent professors. Courses taken in the Diploma with a grade of B+ or better will transfer to the new MEnv degree after admission. The Graduate Committee will assess the new applications with the other applications for the cycle.