Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2019/2020)
15.3 Degree Requirements

To the extent that resources permit, individual programs will be developed to suit students' interests and needs. However all programs must be approved by the Board of Studies and by the Dean of Graduate Studies. All General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies shall apply to these degrees.

  1. The Master of Environmental Science (M.Env.Sci.) is a multidisciplinary course-based degree, focussed on environmental issues. The Degree program provides for both multidisciplinary courses and for courses focussed on the student's specific area of interest.

  2. The Degree program requires completion of 24 credit hours of either Option A or Option B and a project report. The project report will be evaluated according to procedures outlined in General Regulations, Theses and Reports.

    Option A

    Students will be required to take a minimum of 15 credit hours in program courses, 9 credit hours of which must be Environmental Science 6000, Environmental Science 6009, and Environmental Science 6010 and 6 credit hours from Environmental Science 6001, 6002, and 6003. Students will also be required to take a minimum of 9 credit hours in elective courses approved by the Board of Studies, 6 credit hours 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

    Admission into Option B is limited, competitive and selective. Students may be requested to participate in an interview as part of the selection process. The application deadline for admission to Option B is October 15th.

    Students will be required to take a minimum of 15 credit hours in program courses, 9 credit hours of which must be Environmental Science 6000, Environmental Science 6009, and Environmental Science 6010 and 6 credit hours from Environmental Science 6001, 6002, and 6003. Students will also be required to take a minimum of 6 credit hours in 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 3 credit hours course Environmental Science 601W (work term).

    Environmental Science 601W is a work term of one semester duration. The work term is a full-time period of employment, normally paid and normally in the spring semester. Students are ultimately responsible for securing work term placements. Academic Staff Members in Co-operative Education, in consultation with the Program Chair and the student’s Supervisor, provide support for the job search and inform students of potential opportunities. Work terms must be approved by the Academic Staff Members in Co-operative Education before the start of the term. Work term evaluations consist of two components:

    1. On-the-job Student Performance: job performance shall be assessed by the Academic Staff Members in Co-operative Education using information gathered during the work term and input from the employer toward the end of the work term. Evaluation of the job performance will result in one of the following classifications: PASS WITH DISTINCTION, PASS, or FAIL.

    2. Assignment(s): students are required to submit one or more assignments to the Academic Staff Members in Co-operative Education as outlined in the course syllabus. Evaluation of the assignment(s) will result in one of the following classifications: PASS WITH DISTINCTION, PASS, or FAIL.

    Overall evaluation of the work term will result in one of the following final grades being awarded: PASS WITH DISTINCTION indicates the student received a grade of pass with distinction on both the on-the-job performance and the assignment(s). PASS indicates the student received a grade of PASS on both the on-the-job performance and the assignment(s) or a grade of PASS on one component and PASS WITH DISTINCTION on the other component. FAIL indicates the student receive a grade of FAIL on either one or both of the on-the-job performance and assignment(s).