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Graduate program requirements

Master's in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies (MSc)
  1. Residence. The minimum residence requirement is one year (three semesters) of full-time graduate study, or the equivalent in part-time study.
  • Courses. All students must take the following:
    9 credits: HENV 605 or HENV 610, HENV 615, HENV 685.
    6 credits in elective courses chosen from: GEOG 620, GEOG 625, HENV 620, HENV 625, HENV 630, HENV 635, HENV 640,HENV 645, HENV 650, HENV 655, HENV 660, HENV 665, HENV 670, HENV 675, HENV 680 or HENV 690.
  1. Thesis. HENV 695 (30 credits).

Detailed information is available in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Visit the Graduate Calendar for more information on this program.

Students interested in taking GEOG 625 (Directed Studies) must complete a form of agreement which will be signed by the student, the supervisor and the graduate program director. You can find the form here.

Master's in Environmental Assessment (MEnv)

The program requires 30 credits of coursework as detailed below, followed by a four-month internship placement. Following the internship, students work to prepare and present an internship report, which can be based on work carried out during the internship. The Report is intended to document and reflect upon the internship experience and to demonstrate the student’s ability to analyze and/or critically reflect on an aspect or several aspects of the practical internship experience in light of concepts and theories acquired in their Master in Environmental Assessment program courses. Typically the entire MEnv program takes between 1.5 and 2 years to complete.

Specific requirements of the degree are:

  1. Residency: The minimum period of residence is two terms of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
  2. Credits: A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits as follows:
    1. Compulsory Courses (18 credits): ENVS 601, ENVS 662, ENVS 663.
    2. Courses in Governance and Environmental Sustainability (6 credits): ECON 659, ENVS 604, ENVS 605, ENVS 620, GEOG 607, HENV 670, HENV 675.
    3. Courses in the Biogeophysical Environment (6 credits): BIOL 618, ENVS 620, HENV 625, HENV 655, HENV 680.
    4. Internship (15 credits): ENVS 695
  3. Internship: To enter the internship students must have completed the prescribed 30 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. Read more about the internship.  

Note: Elective courses within list B and C may be substituted with permission of the department based on individual student background and need.

Visit the Graduate Calendar for full information on this program.

Diploma in Environmental Assessment (DEA)

Residence: The minimum period of residence is two terms of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

Credits: A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 30 credits as follows:

  • Compulsory Courses (18 credits) All students must take 18 credits: ENVS 601, ENVS 662, ENVS 663.
  • Courses in Governance and Environmental Sustainability (6 credits): ECON 659, ENVS 604, ENVS 605, ENVS 620, GEOG 607, HENV 670, HENV 675.
  • Courses in the Biogeophysical Environment (6 credits):BIOL 618, ENVS 620, HENV 625, HENV 655, HENV 680.

Note: Elective courses within list B and C may be substituted with permission of the department based on individual student background and need.

Visit the Graduate Calendar for full information on this program.

Each admitted PhD student will need to provide a detailed plan of the funding of the project. The funding will come from different sources (TA-ships, scholarships, stipend from supervisor research grants and part-time lecturing).

Doctorate in Philosophy in Geography, Urban and Environmental Studies (PhD)

1. Residence. The minimum period of residence is two years (six terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the master’s degree or three years (nine terms) of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent in part-time study) beyond the bachelor’s degree for those students who are permitted to enrol for doctoral studies without completing a master’s degree.

2. Courses. All students must take the following:
    9 credits: HENV 801, HENV 802, HENV 805.
    6 credits in elective courses chosen from: HENV 605, HENV 610, HENV 620, HENV 625, HENV 630, HENV 635, HENV 640,         HENV 645, HENV 650, HENV 655, HENV 660, HENV 665, HENV 670, HENV 675, HENV 680, or HENV 690.

3. Thesis Proposal. HENV 810 (3 credits).

4. Comprehensive exam. HENV 885 (6 credits).

5. Research and Thesis.  HENV 895 (66 credits).


Visit the Graduate Calendar for full information on this program.


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