Delivery Model

The MA/MSc in Environment and Management program consists of seven on-campus courses, three online courses and a thesis.

Online courses utilize innovative web-based technologies to deliver course content and facilitate learning. As a student, you will draw upon web resources as well as traditional print media while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to complete assignments.

Normally, students complete one online course at a time, for a period of 10-12 weeks. Each online course requires an average time commitment of 10-20 hours per week.

Students should expect to work hard during the residency period. The typical classroom schedule is Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Homework, readings and team meetings occur outside of classroom hours. There will be some activities in the evenings, as well as during the typical workday. In addition to educational activities, there are also planned recreational events.

In general, students will have secured the necessary approvals to enter the program from their employer. In most cases, employers sponsor students and will provide the support and mentorship necessary to complete the program. In some cases, the sponsor may be an organization interested in supporting the student's direction - including receiving the results of the thesis.

There are many variations of the sponsor-student relationship, and this can be discussed with the Program Academic Lead to find a mutually-supported solution. The sponsor should be prepared to take "ownership" of the graduate's thesis project as a credible and defensible work which will clearly reflect the student’s own values, concepts and creativity, and which will have been subject to peer review.

The thesis topic should be of specific interest to the sponsor and in general, to qualify as suitable thesis project material, the topic must fall clearly into categories such as: a scientific study of a particular environmental issue or procedure; a detailed and scientifically-based case study of the environmental issues central to a particular area or resource industry; or, an evaluation of the social, political, economic, or legal implications of particular environmental policies, regulations, and practices.