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Across the globe environmental professions continue to undergo significant growth and increase in relevance. Our 30 credit totally online Master of Arts in Environmental Practice degree prepares students to advance their career and to contribute positively to finding solutions for environmental problems. The master’s degree in Environmental Practice is available as a Master of Arts (MA) in Environmental Practice and as a Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Practice.

This program is one of a suite of programs offered through the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education (CCEE) which is a result of a partnership between Royal Roads University and the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada).

A unique opportunity for cross-border awareness and for a broader perspective is provided by access to courses offered by the University College, University of Denver, in their Master's degree program in Environmental Policy and Management.

Who It’s For

The Master’s Degree in Environmental Practice is designed for those seeking a program that is professionally-focused and which has a content related to professional certification. The program is primarily designed for:
-Environmental practitioners heading towards professional certification or who are already professional certified as EP’s, but who may require updating to retain their active certification and/or career development
-Professionals aiming at a managerial level position and seeking advanced degrees
-International university graduates from environmental programs with relevant work experience
-Graduates from other CCEE programs
-College graduates who complete the degree completion option through CCEE
-University graduates who graduate from the CCEE Certificate program

Delivery Model

The Master of Arts/Master of Science in Environmental Practice program consists of 30 credits which, in most cases, will equate to 10 courses. The program is designed to be completed within three years. Each course is delivered entirely online through innovative use of web-based technologies. Participants will draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media.

Designed for the working professional, the program content reflects the defined needs of the environmental profession and is closely related to supporting the National Occupational Standards established for professional certification as environmental practitioners in Canada.

A 15 credit core of courses is to be taken from an approved list of Royal Roads University courses. This requirement includes the option of either completing a Research Paper on a topic of specific interest to the student or a Practicum which enables the student to apply knowledge gained in the program to a specific, approved topic of relevance to their workplace or agency they may be associated with.

Students will enrol initially in one course (Developing a Sustainability Perspective) but may subsequently increase this load. Courses normally last for a period of 10 to12 weeks, each course requiring an average time commitment of 10 to 20 hours per week. Having completed six or nine credits from the program core students will then proceed to courses in their optional concentration. The choice of elective courses will be determined by the students’ registration in either the MA or MSc programs. Courses in their concentration may be from Royal Roads University or from University College, the University of Denver. Having completed at least 20 credits, which will include the Research Methods course, students may embark upon either their Research Paper or the Practicum.


Graduates of the MA/MSc in Environmental Practice will be able to:
-Relate their knowledge to environmental issues in their work environment
-Assess the environmental and socio-economic elements of sustaining a healthy environment and societal well-being as an environmental practitioner
-Develop and evaluate goals, objectives and strategies, taking a range of perspectives into consideration
-Prepare, communicate and implement action plans
-Make decisions that require a broad understanding of environmental knowledge, policy and regulation, and leadership skills
-Solve problems effectively in differing workplace situations
-Act as a leader who can meet the fundamental challenges of addressing complex environmental issues
-Possess the skills and knowledge to coordinate and integrate different perspectives to aid public and private bodies make informed decisions
-Possess a broad environmental vision and a sound understanding of how environmental issues are addressed under different jurisdictions and the dynamics of both public and private sectors

Flexible Admission

Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission and assessed as follows:
-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%).

Visit the Environmental Practice - MA page on the Royal Roads University website for more details!




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