MEnv Environmental Assessment

 

The Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, Concordia University, offers a Masters Program in Environmental Assessment (EA) which integrates both the human and biogeophysical aspects of EA in a transdisciplinary context, and combines academic excellence with an effective policy-focused approach to the use of scientific knowledge and methods.

Program Objectives

The program is designed to develop a sound and critical understanding of the processes and methodologies of Environmental Assessment (EA), to expose students to the range of public policy and social science considerations involved in environmental planning, sustainable development and resource decision-making, to enhance students' existing knowledge of the biogeophysical environment and provide students with a thorough understanding of GIS applied to environmental decision-making. It is directed towards individuals who hold an undergraduate degree in any relevant discipline in the social or physical sciences and are interested in developing or enhancing their knowledge and skills in the environmental field. Students will also be able to relate EA theory and practice during their internship, designed to provide opportunities for them to deepen their knowledge and extend their skills through direct application as EA practitioners in governmental, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), or private sector companies.

Degree Requirements

The program requires 30 credits of coursework as detailed below, followed by a four-month internship placement. Following the internship, students work with a faculty supervisor to prepare and present an internship report, which can be based on work carried out during the internship. The Report is intended to document and reflect upon the internship experience and to demonstrate the student’s ability to analyze and/or critically reflect on an aspect or several aspects of the practical internship experience in light of concepts and theories acquired in their Master in Environmental Assessment program courses. Typically the entire MEnv program takes between 1.5 and 2 years to complete.

Specific requirements of the degree are:

1 - Residency

The minimum period of residence is two terms of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

2 - Credits

A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 45 credits as follows:

To enter the internship students must have completed the prescribed 30 credits of course work, must have achieved an overall GPA of 3.30 or higher, and must have demonstrated language proficiency as required by the internship host. Students who are ineligible to enter the internship, but have successfully completed all course work, may transfer to the Diploma in Environmental Assessment.

Note: Elective courses within list B and C may be substituted with permission of the department based on individual student background and need.

 

Admissions Requirements

The normal requirement for admission to the MEnv in EA is a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline in Arts or Science from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3.30 on 4.30 or equivalent. Applicants are selected on the basis of a sound undergraduate academic record and strong language skills in English and/or French which will allow them to secure an internship, a requirement of the program. Students who lack an appropriate background in Ecology or Geographic Information Systems or Physical Geography preparation may be required to take some or all of the preparatory courses. These preparatory courses (other universities will have analogous courses) are at the first year university level: BIOL 205, Introduction to Sustainability; GEOG272 (Natural Environment - Air/Water) or GEOG 274 (Natural Environment - Land/Life). At the second year level, adequate preparation would be two courses from such offerings as GEOG 371 (Plant Ecology), GEOG 375 (Hydrology), GEOG 372 (Plant Reproductive Ecology), GEOG 377 (Landform Evolution), as well as an introductory course in GIS, such as GEOG 363 (Geographic Information Systems). Those applicants lacking a social science background may be required to take GEOG 355 (Resource Analysis and Management) or a similar course.

Students already registered in the Diploma in Environmental Assessment (DEA) are permitted to apply to the Master in EA if they maintain a GPA of 3.3/4.3. Students who choose to apply to the Master in EA will not graduate from the DEA, but their courses and grades will be transferred to the Master in EA. A minimum grade of B is required for a course to be transferred from the DEA to the Master in EA. The Graduate Committee of the Department will be responsible for the admissions transfer from the DEA to the Master in EA.

Language Proficiency Requirement

The language of instruction at Concordia is English.

A student whose primary language is not English, regardless of citizenship, must write a pre-admission proficiency test, if not exempted as indicated below. Test results must be reported directly to the Admissions Application Centre by the test centre. Results more than two years old will not be accepted as proof of language proficiency.
Proof of proficiency in English must be provided by achieving the appropriate score on one of the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The minimum acceptable score for the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT) is 95 and no part under 20.
To ensure that your TOEFL results are forwarded directly to Concordia University, you must indicate 0956.00 as the "Institution Code" when you write the test. For more information on the test, or to register: www.toefl.org


International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The minimum band score for IELTS is 7.0 and no part under 6.5.
Candidates must take the "Academic Module." For more information on the test, or to register: www.ielts.org


Exemptions

Applicants, whose primary language is not English, regardless of citizenship, may be exempted from the proficiency test if they meet the one or more of the following requirements:

  • A minimum of three full years of study either at the undergraduate or graduate level in an institution where the sole language of instruction is English

  • For Quebec applicants, the completion of a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) and a university degree in Quebec
In all cases, the University reserves the right to require proficiency test if it is deemed necessary.

Application Procedures

The Concordia University Application for Admission to the School of Graduate Studies must be completed for consideration for admission to the program.

Each application must include:

  • A statement of purpose (250 to 500 words maximum) this letter should include what type of experience and background the prospective student has, and their expectations of the program.
  • Three letters of reference - at least two from academic referees
  • An official copy of transcript(s)
  • Proof of citizenship

 
 

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