CHOOSING a grad school is a difficult task. Not only do you have to find a school that meets all of your practical considerations, such as location, but you also need to find a place where you can grow and develop your interests. You are looking for a place that complements your style of learning. We hope that this directory will help you to find the program that meets all of your needs.
Our directory is limited strictly to those programs dealing with environmental studies from a social rather than scientific perspective. The resources listed below will provide information on a wider range of programs within the field of environmental studies, including programs in the natural and applied sciences. Please contact individual universities with questions about their programs.
This graduate directory is an annual event, so if you have any suggestions or know of any programs that should be added please contact us.
phone: (519) 888-4545
or write to: Alternatives Grad Directory, Faculty of Environmental Studies, U of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1.
PhD=Doctor of Philosophy
LLB=Bachelor of Law
JSD=Juris Scientiae Doctor
University of Alberta
Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics, Department of Renewable Resources; degrees offered: M Forestry (min 1yr), M Agriculture (min 1yr), M Buisness Administration/M Forestry (2yr), M Business Administration/M Agriculture (2yr), M Science (min 2yr), PhD (min 3yr).
Graduate research areas: Enhanced Forest Management; Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture; Land Reclamation and Remediation; Biodiversity Conservation.
University of Calgary
Faculty of Environmental Design; degrees offered: M Environmental Design in Environmental Science, Industrial Design, Planning, Environmental Design, or Urban Design (2-3yr), M Architecture, PhD.
Program concentration areas: assessment and management of environmental impacts, ecosystem and natural resource management, environmental management and planning, Canadian and international development planning, sustainable design.
M: (403) 220-5098,
PhD: (403) 220-7286,
Faculty of Graduate Studies, Resources and the Environment Program (RESR); degrees offered: M Arts or M Sc (max 4yr, normally 2yr), PhD (max 6yr, normally 3-4yr).
Apply directly to RESR. Applicants will be considered for admission only if the proposed work is clearly multidisciplinary and related to areas of resources and the environment. A thesis proposal is required as part of the application. The program is particularly well suited to self-motivated learners and mature, independent researchers who have a strong sense of the academic path they wish to pursue.
Royal Roads University
Science, Technology & Environment Division; degrees offered: M Arts and M Science in Environment and Management (2 yr).
Program gives learners a thorough understanding of environmental issues and policy, and the management skills to make strategic decisions and implement sustainable solutions. Program combines on-campus residencies in Victoria with online distance learning.
(250) 391-2557, for an application call 1-800-788-8028,
Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Applied Sciences, School of Resource and Environmental Management; degrees offered: M Resource Management (2yr, optional co-operative program), and PhD.
Our mission is to improve sustainable research and environmental practices by advancing, applying, and disseminating relevant knowledge and expertise to meet that objective.
University of British Columbia
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability; degrees offered: M Arts or M Science (2-2 1/2yr), PhD (4-4 1/2yr).
Program aims are to integrate the socioeconomic and biophysical approaches to resources and environmental issues. The thesis is essential to the program, and a thesis proposal is required at the time of application.
University of Northern British Columbia
College of Science and Management; degrees offered: M Arts, M Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, M Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (2yr), PhD Natural Resources.
The program has a strong interdisciplinary approach, melding biophysical science with social science perspectives, resource planning and management.
University of Manitoba
Natural Resources Institute; degrees offered: M Natural Resources Management (2yr), PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Management (3yr).
Please contact the university for more information.
Universite de Moncton (FR)
School of Graduate Studies; degree offered: M Etudes de l'environnement (min 2yr).
Multidisciplinary program addresses research topics on contemporary environmental issues. Strives to attract those with practical experience solving environmental problems.
University of New Brunswick
Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management; degrees offered: M Science in Forestry, M Science in Forest Engineering, M Forestry, PhD.
The M Science in Forestry, M Science in Forest Engineering or PhD degrees are developed jointly by the student and an academic supervisor taking into consideration the candidate's background and interests. Programs for the M Foresty and M Forest Engineering may be developed similarly, but offer a more structured approach embracing groups of set courses in certain disciplines.
Faculty of Management, School for Resource and Environmental Studies; degrees offered: M Environmental Studies (2yr), September 2004: M Resource and Environmental Management (16 months).
The M Environmental Studies program emphasizes a research thesis, supported by a focused set of courses; the M Resources and Environmental Management is a professionally oriented course-only program with a summer internship and subsequent project report, planned for September 2004.
Dalhousie Law School, Marine and Environmental Law Program (MELP); degrees offered: M Law (LLM) allowing thesis research focused on environmental and marine law and casework (1yr FT, 2yr PT), and JSD in Science of Law.
MELP offers a specialization in either environmental law or marine law within the normal three-year LLB. The LLM allows students to focus their thesis research on environmental and marine law and casework.
Marine Affairs Program; degrees offered: M Marine Management (1yr) and Interdisciplinary PhD in Marine Affairs.
The M Marine Management is a professional, non-thesis interdisciplinary program of required courses, integrating the marine, social, management and political sciences with required courses and elective courses from a variety of faculties on campus. An Interdisciplinary PhD in Marine Affairs is also available which crosses major disciplinary boundaries.
School of Public Policy and Administration (Innovation, Science and Environment Program); degrees offered: M Arts (15 months) and PhD.
This program offers a variety of courses relating to various aspects of environment policy including sustainable development and the science, politics and economics of global climate change.
(613) 520-2600 ext. 2548,
Norman Paterson School of International Affairs; degree offered: M Arts (1yr).
The M Arts program is organized around six clusters: International Trade Policy, Global Finance, Multinationals and the State, Conflict Analysis and Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, International Dimensions of Development, National and Sub-National Aspects of Development.
Institute of Environment and Health; degree offered: Post-Professional Diploma in Environmental Health (8 months).
The program is designed to provide new and/or upgraded skills and knowledge in the principles and practices of environmental health. Suitable for public health unit professionals, physicians, community health nurses, environmental industrial professionals and those in labour and non-governmental organizations dealing with environmental health issues. It is a distance education program.
(905) 525-9140 ext. 27344,
Niagara College Canada
Environment, Horticulture & Agribusiness Division; post-graduate certificates offered (1yr): Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental Management and Assessment or GIS.
The Centre for Environmental Training has partnership agreements with the University of Waterloo and Brock University for students who would like a combined university degree and college post-graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental Management and Assessment or GIS. Add to your honours degree with practical employer-based skills through a post-graduate certificate at University of Waterloo and Niagara College or Brock University and Niagara College.
905-641-2252, ext. 4470,
School of Graduate Studies; degree offered: M Applied Science in Environmental Applied Science and Management (2yr FT, 5yr max PT).
The program focuses on environmental science, technology, law, environmental management systems and decision making. This degree is designed to combine courses in environmental applied science and environmental management.
Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, Environmental and Resource Studies Program; degree offered: M Arts (max 3yr) and PhD (Canadian Studies only; 4yr).
Collaborative interdisciplinary program involving faculty from Administrative Studies, Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies, Environment and Resource Studies, Native Studies and Women's Studies as well as the Departments of Economics, English, French, Geography, History, Political Science and Sociology. Three areas of emphasis: Native Studies, Environmental and Heritage Studies, Region and Place within Canadian Society.
(705) 748-1011 X1750,
University of Guelph
College Faculty of Environmental Design and Rural Development:
School of Landscape Architecture; degrees offered: M Landscape Architecture (6 semesters), and Joint M Science offered in co-operation with Rural Planning and Development (4 semesters).
M Landscape Architecture program offers a three-year professional degree for those wishing to enter the profession of landscape architecture. M Science program is designed for students with a strong interest in landscape planning and research.
(519) 824-4120 ext. 56576,
School of Rural Extension Studies; degree offered: M Science (6 semesters).
Program aims to enhance the quality of life for rural people and acknowledge diverse needs, through communication, techology, leadership, community development and capacity building.
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56780,
School of Rural Planning and Development; degrees offered: M Science (CIP accredited), M Science (International) (6 semesters).
Program contributes to a generation of knowledge and development of planning profession to advance welfare, sustainability and integrity of rural communities--Canadian or International.
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56780,
PhD Rural Studies Program (9 semesters).
This interdisciplinary program focuses on sustainable rural communities.
(519) 824-4120, ext. 58901,
Department of Economics; degrees offered: M Arts (3 semesters), PhD.
The department offers Resource and Environmental Economics as one of three main fields of specialization. The PhD program is jointly offered with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business.
(519) 824-4120 ext. 56341,
University of Toronto
Institute for Environmental Studies (IES); certificate offered: Environmental Management; degrees offered: M Arts, M Science, M Science Forestry, M Forest Conservation, (length varies with department), PhD (3-5yr).
The Certificate in Environmental Management is a newly launched program intended to respond to a growing need in the community for skills and knowledge in the environmental area. Enables participants to appreciate the global perspective in which all environmental problems and solutions have to be measured. Please see Web page for more information on all other programs. All applicants must first apply to a home department for admission.
Faculty of Forestry; degree offered: M Forest Conservation (16 months intensive).
Program includes coursework, field camps in Canada and abroad, and a practical summer internship.
University of Waterloo
Environment and Resource Studies; degree offered: M Environmental Studies (2yr).
Program is designed around two central elements: transdisciplinary examination of sustainability concerns and defined project work undertaken in this broader context.
(519) 885-4567 ext. 3444,
Local Economic Development; degree offered: M Applied Environmental Studies (1-2yr).
Combine theory and practice in a seminar environment with field visits and guest practitioners, small classes and an internship. Program prepares students for careers in community, business and/or sustainable development.
(519) 888-4567, ext. 6574,
University of Waterloo-Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography; degrees offered: M Arts, M Environmental Studies (thesis or research paper option--option max 3 terms FT, 6 terms PT), PhD (12 terms).
Areas of specialization include environmental and resource management, economic and urban development, earth-surface processes, cultural and historical processes, and geomatics.
(519) 888-4567 ext. 2730,
Faculty of Environmental Studies; degrees offered: M Environmental Studies (2yr), PhD (4-6yr).
Programs encompass natural, social, built and organizational environments. Beyond studying environments, it promotes thinking, learning, and acting environmentally. Programs are interdisciplinary, with a distinct applied approach. Program length varies with individual plans of study or program plans.
Faculty of Environmental Studies; degrees offered: M Environmental Studies (Planning) (2yr).
The M Environmental Studies degree may also be pursued as a planning degree recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, offering professional certification in Planning through the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).
Osgoode Hall Law School/Faculty of Environmental Studies Joint Program; degree offered: M Environmental Studies/LLB (4yr).
The joint M Environmental Studies/LLB program encourages the integration of these two fields of study. Applicants must apply, and be admitted to, both Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Students begin the program in environmental studies and register in law school in their second year.
For Law School Application contact Ontario Law School Application Service:
Schulich School of Business, Erivan K. Haub Program in Business and Sustainability and Sustainable Enterprise Academy; degree offered: M Business Administration (2yr).
General concentration on business and environment. Entrance to the program requires an acceptable score on all four measurements of the GMAT.
(416) 736-5809, F: 736-5195,
Department of Geography; degree offered: Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment (1yr).
Integrates both the human and biogeophysical aspects of environmental impact assessment in a transdisciplinary context. Designed to develop a sound understanding of the processes and methodologies of environmental impact assessment, to expose students to the range of broad public policy and social science considerations involved in environmental planning and resource decision making, and to enhance students' existing knowledge of the biogeophysical environment.
McGill School of Environment (MSE); degree offered: Diploma in Environment (1yr FT study, PT option, start in January or September).
The diploma is for students with an undergraduate degree, who want to enrich or reorient their training, or supplement their specialization with additional undergraduate level course work.
Universite de Montreal (FR)
School of Graduate Studies; degree offered: Diplomes d'etudes superieures specialisees (D.E.S.S.) (in Environmental Protection) (2 semesters FT or equivalent).
Program is offered by Faculty of Environmental Studies, in collaboration with a number of other faculties, departments and schools at the university. With the participation of various field experts, the program is primarily designed for those currently working in a planning, managerial or professional position.
Universite de Quebec a Montreal (FR)
Institut des sciences de l'environnement; degree offered: M and PhD Environmental Sciences, and two short graduate programs: Sustainable forest resources management and Education relative to the environment.
All programs are interdisciplinary and include social and natural sciences aspects of environmental problems. Master offers research and professional profiles. More than 15 different departments are involved and more than 12 research groups are involved in the programs.
Universite de Sherbrooke (FR)
Partnership with 7 faculties and 10 departments; degree offered: M Environment (2yr) and interdisciplinary PhD (Cheminement inter-disciplinaire en environnement).
Programs are multidisciplinary and ten departments are involved. M Enivronment is divided into two streams--research and professional. Lectures are in French: most faculty members are bilingual, and exams or term papers can be written in English. Interdisciplinary team-work is encouraged.
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Directory of Canadian Universities in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC).