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The Master of Environment and Management (MEM) program is a graduate degree of interdisciplinary study in either the Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc) designed to enhance strategic decision making in the environmental field. The program emphasizes teamwork and focuses on technical, policy, and system and sustainability issues to prepare students to become environmental professionals who are effective leaders and managers. This is a two year program made up of 3 three-week on-campus residencies (mandatory) combined with online learning.

The MA/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.

Choosing the MA or the Msc

In the MEM Program you can either be on the MA or the MSc stream. In order to complete this requirements for these degrees you need to complete the appropriate course work but also complete an eligible thesis. It is also dependent on your background and experience.

The content of the MEM program DOES NOT enable those with a humanities or social science background to become a scientist as you will lack the basic training provided by undergraduate training or equivalent, similarly those with a science background will not receive the basic training to become a social scientist or master of the humanities.

We assess people on a case by case basis, but for the majority if you have a BA you will be expected to complete the MA program, if you have a BSc you will be expected to complete the MSc program. For the most part those without a Bachelor’s degree will be limited to the MA stream.

  • In order to qualify for the MA the thesis must be AT LEAST 60% social science or humanities in content.
  • In order to qualify for the MSc the thesis must be AT LEAST 60% natural sciences or engineering in content.

The interdisciplinary nature of the MEM program means that many theses undertaken in this program included aspects of science, social science and the humanities. It also means that some thesis will fall very close to the wire with respect to being an MA or MSc. The Thesis coordinators will assess each proposal and work with students and thesis supervisors to ensure that thesis meet the appropriate criteria if there is doubt.


Visit the Environment and Management - MSc page on the Royal Roads University website for more details!

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