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Graduate Programs - School of Environmental Studies

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PhD in Environmental Studies

Mandate:to provide outstanding graduate training at the doctoral level in sustainability & sustainable practices, facilitating interdisciplinarity across Queen’s faculties.  Degree Level Expectations and Learning Outcomes

Master's of Environmental Studies (MES)

The MES program at Queen's University provides graduate level training in the field of Environmental Sustainability by practicing an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the long-term nature and impacts of environmental change, the connections between today's decisions and tomorrow's welfare, and the strong dependence of human well-being on environmental quality. Degree Level Expectations and Learning Outcomes

The MES program meets a growing student demand for post-graduate training relevant to environmental careers in industry, government, and non-governmental organizations. It responds to a very strong market in Canada for professionals with environmentally related skills (Environmental Careers Organization).

What We Offer

The School of Environmental Studies offers the following options:

  • RESEARCH-based Master's (MES)
  • COURSE-based Master's (MES)
  • PhD in Environmental Studies

RESEARCH-based Master's

This program follows the traditional sequence of graduate training. Four half-credit courses, the challenge of original research culminating in a thesis, and a formal defense are required (24 months).

COURSE-based Master's

This program emphasizes the development of conceptual thinking and analytical and interpretive skills. Requirements involve six half-credit courses and a library-based interdisciplinary project or paper (16-20 months).

PhD in Environmental Studies

The objectives of this program will be achieved by a combination of courses, independent research, seminars, readings, a comprehensive examination and a thesis.  (48 months)

The emphasis on interdisciplinarity reflects the nature of environmental issues, and is an alternative to more specialized discipline-based programs.

The MES provides advanced knowledge and research skills in two or more areas of specialization, an appreciation of the breadth of environmental issues, and an ability to interact with professionals outside a single discipline.

The PhD program in environmental sustainability will be integrated and coordinated across Queen’s faculties to meet the needs of students and society. This program will facilitate interdisciplinarity, and will meet the challenge of establishing ways that Queen’s Faculty members can work across disciplinary and institutional boundaries to develop collaborative and integrated programs of teaching and research.

For more details, please refer to our PROGRAM GUIDES and our information pages on the School of Graduate Studies web


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