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Program Description

The Master of Environment and Management (MEM) program is a graduate degree of interdisciplinary study in either the Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc) designed to enhance strategic decision making in the environmental field. The program emphasizes teamwork and focuses on technical, policy, and system and sustainability issues to prepare students to become environmental professionals who are effective leaders and managers. This is a two year program made up of 3 three-week on-campus residencies (mandatory) combined with online learning. 

Who It's For

Those from all levels of government, business, industry, consulting and non-governmental organizations who want to gain skills and credentials as leaders and managers to advance their current career or launch a new one. Students will pursue either a Master of Arts or Master of Science based on individual academic history and work experience. More

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

Outcomes

Graduates of this program will have developed leadership and management skills in the context of environmental sustainability and will be prepared to apply their learning and lead change in the workplace immediately. Graduates will be knowledgeable and effective professionals in the areas of communication, knowledge, leadership and teamwork, critical thinking and global awareness.

Graduates of the MA/MSc in Environment and Management will be able to:

  • Assess the environmental, social, cultural, political, legal, and economic elements of sustaining and enhancing environmental health and ecosystem well-being
  • Develop and evaluate goals, objectives and strategies, taking a range of perspectives into consideration
  • Prepare, communicate and implement action plans
  • Make decisions that require a broad understanding of scientific knowledge, policy and regulation, and leadership skills
  • Solve problems effectively, both individually and as a team player
  • Act as a leader who can meet the fundamental challenges of moving to a sustainable society
  • Possess the skills to co-ordinate and integrate different perspectives that will help industry, government and the public make informed decisions that reduce pollution, conserve resources, and create a future which is productive, equitable and sustainable
  • Possess a broad environmental vision and a sound understanding of environmental sciences and the dynamics of the public and private sectors.

Competency Domains

The descriptions of competency domains together with associated learning outcomes and context statements are foundations for designing and delivering courses and assessing performance.

From program and course perspectives these descriptions and assessments inform continuous improvements to program and course design and delivery. From instructor and student perspectives, these descriptions provide the basis for assessing the effectiveness of instructional practices and student achievement of learning outcomes.

Competency domains used in the program include; communication, knowledge, leadership and teamwork, critical thinking, and global awareness.

Communication

  • Effective personal communications (speaking, listening and feedback skills); and,
  • Effective preparation and presentation of written and graphic materials.

Knowledge

  • Application of sustainable development principles and practices in defining, analyzing and selecting ways to resolve environmental issues and solve environmental problems; and,
  • Application of leadership and management skills to achieve short and long-term environmental management objectives.

Leadership and Teamwork

  • Leadership in personal learning and decision-making;
  • Facilitation of the learning and decision-making ability of others; and,
  • Developing and modeling personal and team visions, values and practices.

Critical Thinking

  • Application of critical thinking to the integration of objective and subjective knowledge in practice;
  • Identification and use of appropriate research, assessment and reporting methods for the investigation and analysis of an issue, problem or project; and
  • Identification of and use of values and ethics when formulating solutions and recommendations.

Global Awareness

  • Use of disciplinary concepts and links among these to explain how global and local issues are interconnected;
  • Demonstration of how a global issue can be reflected in local events and vice versa; and, 
  • Identification of the implications of scale for options, actions and decisions respecting environmental sustainability from historical, disciplinary and governance perspectives.