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Environmental Assessment (MEnv)

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Master of Environment (MEnv)
Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
2 years
45 credits
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Experiential learning

Program overview

The MEnv in Environmental Assessment gives you a comprehensive background in 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. Objective assessments must identify all environmental risks associated with a proposal and offer solutions to mitigate those concerns. You will benefit from a four-month internship where you will work under professional supervision in a field related to environmental assessment. Potential placement after graduation includes all levels of government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and private corporations. Now more than ever, we need specialists in federal environmental laws and policies to effectively develop impact studies before plans or programs are carried out.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

Please see the Geography, Planning and Environment Courses page for course descriptions.

Environmental Assessment MEnv (45 credits)


credits of Compulsory Courses:

ENVS 601 EA: Concepts, Principles and Practice (6.00)
ENVS 608 Getting Ready for the EA Internship (3.00)
ENVS 652 Data Collection and Analysis for EA (3.00)
ENVS 653 Geographical Information Systems for EA (3.00)
ENVS 664 Field Course in EA (3.00)
ENVS 668 Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Assessment (3.00)


credits of Elective Courses:

ENVS 604 Environmental Law and Policy (3.00)
ENVS 605 Environmental Standards (3.00)
ENVS 620 Advanced Topics in Environmental Assessment (3.00)
GEOG 620 Special Topics in Geography (3.00)
HENV 610 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3.00)
HENV 625 Sustainable Resource Management (3.00)
HENV 655 Environmental Modelling (3.00)
HENV 660 Climate Change and Sustainability (3.00)
HENV 670 Environmental Governance (3.00)
HENV 675 Community-Based Conservation (3.00)
HENV 680 Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science (3.00)



ENVS 697 Internship in Environmental Assessment (9.00)
ENVS 698 Internship Report (9.00)

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.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline in Arts or Science from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3.30 out of 4.30.
  • Strong language skills in English and/or French.
  • 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 English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines


February 1





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $3,000 in special funding for non-thesis master's programs. Learn more

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