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Ecological Restoration, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Burnaby, Canada
The MSc in Ecological Restoration combines the strong technical and applied (experiential) knowledge at British Columbia Institute of Technology with SFU’s fundamental (contextual) basic science and community engagement expertise. The product is a unique joint-degree program that will fundamentally advance both the practice and science of ecological restoration.

Overview

Ecological Restoration (ER) is a scientific discipline that has recently emerged due to the increasing need to restore degraded and damaged ecosystems. Many ecosystem goods, services, and natural habitats have been severely impacted due to the cumulative impacts of previous and ongoing anthropogenic influences, including for example: urban sprawl, industrial expansion, invasive species, and contamination of soils and water resources. These impacts, and the need to remediate, rehabilitate, and restore habitat for threatened and endangered species, have led to the requirement for ecosystem restoration work across the province, Canada, and internationally.  Ecological Restoration is an intentional activity that initiates or accelerates recovery of an ecosystem with respect to its health, integrity, and sustainability.

This four-term, two-year (36 credit (British Columbia Institute of Technology)/units (SFU) - inclusive of a 6-credit/unit capstone project) program will produce graduates capable of using critical thinking, adaptive management, and applied research within an applied problem-solving framework. This combination of skills will be applied to the identification of factors responsible for degraded ecosystems and to the rehabilitation and restoration of ecosystem functions, while advancing the scientific knowledge of this rapidly emerging discipline.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Concepts of Ecological Restoration and the Physical Environment
  • Planning and Monitoring for Ecological Restoration
  • Concepts of Ecological Restoration and the Biological Environment

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    7

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    93

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in ecological restoration, ecology, plant science, animal science, soil science, environmental science, resource science (land, water, fish and wildlife, forestry), physical geography, environmental engineering, or a related program from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (70%; B average), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (77%; B+ average) based on the last 60 credits/units of undergraduate courses
  • One introductory course each in ecology and statistics
  • Two upper-level courses in any combination of: biology, ecology, statistics, plant science, soil science, physical geography, etc.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11174 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5587 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8238 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4119 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Burnaby

  • 1600 - 2700 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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