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Master of Environmental Science

Please note: M.Env.Sci. applicants have to have a faculty supervisor before an acceptance offer can be made. The search for a faculty supervisor can begin after the application and all relevant documents have been received by the School of Graduate Studies.

All students following the course-based program option (M.Env.Sci.) will choose one of two options to complete the degree: Option A - courses only; Option B - courses and a work term. In addition to those courses specific to each option, all students will complete five courses as noted immediately below.

All students complete the following three courses:
ENVS 6000 - Environmental Science and Technology
ENVS 6009 - Environmental Science Project Report
ENVS 6010 - Environmental Science Seminar

Two additional courses, intended to broaden the student's perspective on environmental issues, will be selected from the following three courses:
ENVS 6001 - Earth and Ocean Systems
ENVS 6002 - Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
ENVS 6003 - Applied Ecology

Option A

Students will also be required to take a minimum of three elective courses approved by the Board of Studies, two of which will normally be selected from graduate courses offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Students are advised to consult with instructors and Faculties regarding necessary prerequisites and availability.

Option B

Students will also be required to take a minimum of 2 elective courses approved by the Board of Studies, normally selected from graduate courses offered by the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition, students will be required to complete the course ENVS 601W (work term).

ENVS 601W is a one semester work term. Work term placements are arranged by the Division of Co-operative Education in consultation with the Program Chair and the student's supervisor. The on-site employment supervisor and the MUN Co-op Coordinator evaluate the work term based on the student's performance on the job and on a written work term report submitted by the student. The topic of the work term report must be related to the work experience and will be chosen by the student in consultation with the on-site employment supervisor and the MUN Co-op Coordinator. The student will be permitted to submit a work term report only after the on-site employment supervisor and the MUN Co-op Coordinator determine that the work term has been successfully completed. The work term report may become the basis for the project report for ENVS 6009 (Project) which is required for the M.Env.Sci. degree. The Program Chair, on the advice of the MUN Co-op Coordinator with input from the on-site employment supervisor, will recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies a grade of Pass with Distinction, Pass or Fail. In cases where the MUN Co-op Coordinator and the on-site employment supervisor are unable to reach agreement concerning the grade, the final decision lies with the Program Chair. Should a student fail to complete a work term successfully, the graduate student's M.Env.Sci. supervisor and the Program Chair may submit to the MUN Division of Co-operative Education a proposal for a different work term placement (only once). Or the student may apply to the Board of Studies for a change to the course-based M.Env.Sci. Option A, or to the thesis-based M.Sc. (Environmental Science).

Further information is available in our Graduate Handbook.

Although it is possible to complete this program in 1 calendar year, experience suggests that many students will take about 1.5 years to complete it. Keep in mind that this is an intellectually demanding interdisciplinary graduate program with a heavy workload.

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