• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Environment and Management programme programme offered by the Royal Roads University emphasizes teamwork and focuses on technical and policy questions using systems and sustainability perspectives to prepare you for leadership and management in your environmental career.


The Environment and Management programme offered by the Royal Roads University is a 2-year blended program, including three 3-week on-campus residencies, combined with online learning and a thesis.

The MSc in Environment and Management program helps students to:

  • assess the environmental, social, cultural, political, legal, and economic elements of enhancing and sustaining environmental health and ecosystem well-being;
  • develop and evaluate goals, objectives and strategies for leadership and management of environmental issues through a range of perspectives;
  • identify and use appropriate research, assessment and reporting methods for the investigation and analysis of environmental issues, problems, and projects;
  • present a systems perspective on the implications of scale for options, actions and decisions respecting environmental sustainability, facilitate the learning and decision-making ability of others, and develop and model personal and team visions;
  • prepare, communicate and implement action plans for environmental change.
Who It’s For

Those from all levels of government, business, industry, consulting and non-governmental organizations who want to gain skills and credentials as leaders and managers to advance their current career or launch a new one. Students will pursue either a Master of Arts or Master of Science based on individual academic history and work experience.

Participants in the Master of Arts/Master of Science in Environment and Management (MEM) program come from as far north as Iqaluit in the Canadian Arctic, as far south as Peru and as far east as Indonesia and China. Most participants are employed in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and represent a broad cross-section of the environmental sector.

Delivery Model

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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Ecosystem Science and Management
  • Analytical Thinking and Communications
  • Global Environmental Systems and Issues
  • Economics for Decision Making
  • Sustainable Development: From Theory to Practice I
  • Research and Analysis
  • Toxicology and Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Analysis and Remediation
  • Leadership and Sustainable Development
  • Introduction to Governance for Sustainability
  • Environmental Management Tools
  • Systemic, Cognitive and Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Systems Methods for Environmental Management
  • Master of Science Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

Standard Admission
  • Four-year (or comparable) science-focused undergraduate degree in a related field, with a minimum GPA of 'B' (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • At least two years of relevant work or volunteer experience.
  • Applicants who meet the degree requirement, but not the GPA requirement, will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).
Flexible Admission
  • Normally, six years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • All flexible admission applicants will normally be required to take "Academic Writing and Critical Thinking" and obtain a minimum final grade of B (73%).

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15876 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31760 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    12660 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25310 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Victoria

  • 1490 - 2100 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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