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.
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.
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Students may be required to take preparatory courses if there is a lack of appropriate preparation in Ecology or Geographic Information Systems, Physical Geography or Statistics.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.
21 credits – Compulsory Courses
ENVS 601 - EA: Concepts, Principles and Practice (6 credits)
ENVS 608 - Getting Ready for the EA Internship (3 credits)
ENVS 652 - Data Collection and Analysis for EA (3 credits)
ENVS 653 - Geographical Information Systems for EA (3 credits)
ENVS 664 - Field Course in EA (3 credits)
ENVS 668 - Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Assessment (3 credits)
The MEnv program is considered a professional program, which means that no internal funding is available. Occasionally, opportunities may arise for Teaching Assistantships, but these are not guaranteed.
In some cases, research assistantships are available for specific projects.
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