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Program Admission

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education and Communication

Standard Admission

  • Four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • At least two years of relevant work or volunteer experience.
  • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA requirement, will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).

Flexible Admission

Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:

  • Normally, six years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • All flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Additional Recommendations for Admission

Our program is designed to be of benefit for a wide range of education and communication practitioners, especially those who have an interest in or a responsibility for leadership in the context of sustainability. As such, work and volunteer experience are key requirements of admission to the program.

Application Requirements

Please follow the standard university requirements with the exception of the following program-specific requirements:

Detailed Resume 

Your detailed resume should include the following:

  • Education: List all post secondary education, degrees, diplomas, and certificates you have achieved.
  • Other Training/Professional Development
  • Work Experience
  • Voluntary/Unpaid Work Experience: List and describe any voluntary/unpaid post-secondary employment and/or community service experience. Please include the name of the organization, length of service, and a brief description of duties. List positions you have held in this service.
  • Information Technology Training and Experience: Briefly describe your level of training and experience in the use of information technology including computers, software and telecommunications networks as tools for business, education, teaching and personal use.
  • Professional Memberships and Affiliations
  • Publications and relevant projects completed

Letters of Reference

Ideally, one reference letter is based on your work experience; the other on either your academic performance or your community service.  However, two work-related references are acceptable in certain cases. Reference letters are individual documents that can take a number of formats. Length and level of detail can vary; there is no set standard. That said, your reference letters should confirm that your referee feels you are a suitable candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education and Communication, that you will succeed in the program and why, how he or she feels it will benefit you, and any additional information from the referee that indicates you are a good fit for this program. The context in which the referee has come to know you should also be mentioned.

Resume

A detailed, or structured resume provides as much detail as possible about where you have worked, for how long, and what you were responsible for in the positions you have held. Provide as much information as possible, with special attention to the past ten years of your education and career. As a guideline, your resume should include the following:

  • Employment history
  • Training and professional development
  • Voluntary/unpaid work experience
  • Information technology training and experience
  • Professional memberships and affiliations
  • Publications and relevant projects completed
  • Other relevant information

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should indicate your motivation for seeking entrance to the program, your personal and career goals, expectations of the program in relation to the achievement of your goals, and the strengths you feel you could bring to the program. Length of the personal statement should be two pages.

If applicable:

  • Applicants declaring permanent resident or Convention Refugee status in Canada, must submit a copy of their Permanent Resident Card (PR card) along with their application.
  • Transcript evaluation fee or credential evaluation report, if submitting international transcripts.
  • An official English Language Proficiency score report or other evidence of proficiency if English is not your primary language.
  • Other information or documents as may be requested to determine your eligibility.

For information on how and where to send your supporting documents, please refer to the document submission guidelines.