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.
Please see the Geography, Planning and Environment Courses page for course descriptions.
Environmental Assessment MEnv (45 credits)
credits of Compulsory Courses:
•ENVS 601EA: Concepts, Principles and Practice (6.00)
•ENVS 608Getting Ready for the EA Internship (3.00)
•ENVS 652Data Collection and Analysis for EA (3.00)
•ENVS 653Geographical Information Systems for EA (3.00)
•ENVS 664Field Course in EA (3.00)
•ENVS 668Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Assessment (3.00)
credits of Elective Courses:
•ENVS 604Environmental Law and Policy (3.00)
•ENVS 605Environmental Standards (3.00)
•ENVS 620Advanced Topics in Environmental Assessment (3.00)
•GEOG 620Special Topics in Geography (3.00)
•HENV 610Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3.00)
•HENV 625Sustainable Resource Management (3.00)
•HENV 655Environmental Modelling (3.00)
•HENV 660Climate Change and Sustainability (3.00)
•HENV 670Environmental Governance (3.00)
•HENV 675Community-Based Conservation (3.00)
•HENV 680Advanced Seminar in Environmental Science (3.00)
•ENVS 696Internship and Report in EA (18.00)
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.
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. Internships may evolve into temporary or permanent employment positions, and students are often paid during their placement.
To start 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. Read about employers’ testimonials of MEnv students.
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. About 80% of our alumni have found employment in various environmental fields, including governments (34%), private sector consulting firms (28%), NGOs (9%) and universities (8%). For example, graduates are working as planning policy officers, environmental and permitting managers, consultants, analysts, project coordinators, and environmental planners. The department supports an active LinkedIn page to share relevant resources and opportunities with current students and alumni. For more details, see the results of our latest Graduate placement survey.
Examples of organizations and institutions our alumni are currently working for include:
rand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki
Grand Council Treaty #3
Institut de Développement Durable des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador
Canadian Coast Guard
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
Canadian Wildlife Service
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Office of the Auditor General
Species at Risk Implementation
HSP Engineering & Environmental Services
Terrapex Environnement Ltée
Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Climate Reality Canada
Net Impact Montreal
Trout River Environmental Committee
Our graduates are also well-placed to continue their studies at the doctoral level. Explore scholarly publications authored or co-authored by MEnv students.