Program Description

The MEM program focuses on dynamics and processes that impact the functionality and sustainability of natural and human systems. These explorations take place in the context of public policy, management, problem solving and leadership. You will cover a variety of methods, skills, and tools in the application of systems thinking and sustainability to a variety of current environmental issues; building on your existing environmental skills and knowledge base acquired in your past learning and life experience.  You will also have the opportunity to delve deeply into a research topic of your personal concern by way of completing a thesis. 

What is an interdisciplinary program?

In the MEM Program, you can be enrolled either in the MA or the MSc stream. Which qualification you choose and which you are eligible for is dependent both on your goals for your program (where you want to go) and your previous experiences (your eligibility). However, the program is a shared experience that integrates the science and social science disciplines together to consider real word issues and opportunities.

Traditionally, there has been a separation between the social and natural sciences, and a privileging of the ‘hard’ sciences validity and reliability over the ‘soft’ sciences. However, what is most important for tackling some of the significant environmental challenges we are currently facing is that we take an interdisciplinary view that brings multiple perspectives to bear on a problem in an integrated way, and this is the intent of the MEM program.

Who It's For

The MEM program is for anyone who is pursuing a career path that involves practical environmental issues, challenges, and concerns. This includes those from all levels of government, business, industry, consulting and non-governmental organizations who want to gain skills and credentials as environmental leaders and managers to advance in their current career or launch a new one.  Students represent a broad cross-section of the environmental sector and this diversity and wealth of knowledge is an important component of the program’s philosophy.

Typically, you are a professional with a bachelor’s degree and at least two years' experience working or with significant interest in environmental challenges in society and in your career. If you do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission you may be assessed on the basis of both your formal education and your informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

The Learning Teaching and Research Model

Programs at Royal Roads University follow a learning philosophy that is detailed in the Learning Teaching and Research Model. This describes the unique approach to education that we follow in the institution generally and also in the MEM program specifically.

Outcomes

Programs at Royal Roads University follow a learning philosophy that is detailed in the Learning Teaching and Research Model. This describes the unique approach to education that we As a graduate of MEM you will have developed leadership and communication skills in systems thinking and sustainability in the context of environmental challenges from the local to the global. You will be prepared to apply your learning and lead change in your workplace and communities.

Knowledge in theory and practice of systems, sustainability and the understanding of the inter-relationships between human, social and ecological systems will be developed, as well as critical management concepts as they relate to environmental problems.