NB: The new PhD program is now open for registration to start September 2013.
As the market for professionals with environmental-related skills continues to grow, students are demanding post-graduate training in preparation for environmental careers in industry, government and non-governmental agencies. We have developed our program in response to this growing demand.
The Master’s of Environmental Studies 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 wellbeing on environmental quality.
Application Deadline: MES - March 1 to be considered for internal funding. PhD - August 31st.
Notification of Acceptance: as soon as possible after receiving your full application.
"It was a real hands-on experience. I was able to work in Northern Labrador on a project with the Inuit population there. It was an incredible opportunity to broaden my horizons and work with people I never would have worked with otherwise."
Master’s of Environmental Studies (MES)
The Research-based MES includes course work and a Master’s thesis. The Course-based MES emphasizes conceptual thinking and analytical and interpretive skills.
Students may transfer from the course-based stream to the thesis stream, or vice versa, in the first year of study.
We only accept students with a named supervisor or advisor. Please study the faculty areas of interest to see whose research areas may be similar to yours, and contact them directly.
Our graduates to date have entered careers in: Environmental Protection – water quality; Conservation & Preservation of Natural Resources – Forestry, Energy, Natural Resources Management; Environmental Sustainability – Education, Communication & Public Awareness, Sustainable Development Management, Policy & Legislation
Minimum funding package: $16,000/year (internal and external scholarships and teaching and research assistantships)
We strongly encourage you to apply for major national (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) and provincial scholarships (OGS) in the year prior to applying to our program. Queen’s automatically issues a $5,000 top-up award to winners of federal government Tri-Council Awards.
Grades: We consider your grades over the last two years as well as your cumulative average.
To be considered for admission, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.3/4.3 (75%, B+ standing) or equivalent on a four-year undergraduate degree.
Students have been successful with backgrounds in Environmental Studies, History, Biology, Life Sciences, Engineering, Law and Philosophy, for example, and range from mature students to students who come directly from undergraduate studies.
Statement of Interest.
We do not use GRE scores.
International students must have TOEFL scores of at least 600 (paper) or or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
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