The Graduate Diploma in Environmental Assessment looks at today’s most pressing environmental problems and provides training in data analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and policy development. These skills will help you address the environmental problems facing future generations as rapid development and accelerated resource extraction have contributed to escalating ecological crises in our society. You will examine fields such as political ecology, science and technology, and critical geographies while maintaining a particular focus on Canadian and Indigenous affairs. Course materials are designed for students who want to pursue their studies at more advanced academic levels and for working professionals interested in the environmental field. Montreal is home to various international institutions such as the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Future Earth. Now more than ever, we need critical minds to apply rigorous environmental standards and to reflect on how to improve the environmental assessment process.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits.
15 credits – Compulsory Courses
ENVS 601 - EA: Concepts, Principles and Practice(6 credits) ENVS 652 - Data Collection and Analysis for EA (3 credits)
ENVS 653 - Geographical Information Systems for EA (3 credits)
ENVS 668 - Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Assessment (3 credits)
15 credits – Elective Courses
BIOL 618 - Ecology for Environmentalists (3 credits) ECON 659 - Economics for Environmentalists (3 credits)
ENVS 604 - Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
ENVS 605 - Environmental Standards (3 credits)
ENVS 620 - Advanced Topics in Environmental Assessment (3 credits)
ENVS 664 - Field Course in EA (3 credits)
GEOG 607 - Indigenous Peoples and the Environment (3 credits)
GEOG 620 - Special Topics in Geography (3 credits)
HENV 610 - Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits)
HENV 625 - Sustainable Resource Management (3 credits)
HENV 660 - Climate Change and Sustainability (3 credits)
HENV 655 - Environmental Modelling (3 credits)
HENV 670 - Environmental Governance (3 credits)
HENV 675 - Community-Based Conservation (3 credits)
HENV 680 - Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science (3 credits)
Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline in Arts or Science.
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.
Students who lack appropriate Ecology, or Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geography or Statistics are required to take preparatory courses such as BIOL 205, Introduction to Sustainability; a 300-level physical geography course; GEOG 362, Statistical Methods 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.
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.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
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Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students are eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.
Develop and enhance your knowledge and skills in the environmental field through the study of the environmental assessment process as you effectively analyze technical reports and oversee complex projects.