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Resource Management and Environmental Studies (MA)

Course Description

Master’s Program

The Master’s degree provides candidates with the opportunity to broaden their academic and research experience. The student’s background, the selection of the thesis topic, the approach to research, and the program electives, govern whether the Masters of Art or Masters of Science degree program is pursued. A research investigation producing a scholarly contribution to the particular area of study is necessary. Normally, these programs will take two years to complete, including at least one year of residence. Provision is available for candidates who demonstrate outstanding academic and research ability to transfer to the Ph.D. program after completion of one year’s residency.

The Master’s degree requirement is a minimum of 36 credits, including a 12-credit thesis. The remaining 24 credits are comprised of course work. At least 18 credits must be in courses numbered 500 or above. Twelve of the 24 credits must be selected from RMES (Resources Management Environmental Studies) core courses while the remaining 12 are open to electives, but only six of which may be numbered below 500.

A methods course of 3 credits is also mandatory.

Elective courses should be chosen in discussion with your thesis supervisor. Masters students are required to take 12 credits of electives that can be comprised of any graduate level courses (courses numbered 500 and above).

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Arts
- Specialization: Resource Management and Environmental Studies
- Subject: Science
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Science

Program Overview

The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) provides interdisciplinary graduate studies through the Resource Management and Environmental Studies program (RMES). The mission of IRES is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning concerning the linkages among human and natural systems and to support decision making for local to global scales. RMES provides a home for graduate students focusing on the integration of the biophysical (ecological), socio-economic, and political realities of resource management within the context of a sustainable, healthy environment.

Students in RMES develop tailored academic programs for their graduate degrees to draw on the expertise of faculty from across the campus, as well as the private and public sectors. To enable students to develop unique graduate programs that capture the breadth of their previous educational experience and their academic and career goals, RMES offers either a Master of Arts or Science degree as well as a Ph.D. Graduate student supervisors, as well as members of the supervisory committee, are selected from various units and departments across the University representing the faculties of Arts, Science, Forestry, Land and Food Systems, Commerce and Business Administration, Applied Science, Law, and Education.

A Fisheries Stream within RMES graduate programs allows interested students to focus on issues of fisheries science management and conservation. Graduate advising, admissions, and awards as well as the facilitation of the progress of students enrolled in or applying to the Fisheries Stream will be governed and administered by the Fisheries Centre.

Visit the Resource Management and Environmental Studies (MA) page on the University of British Columbia website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Tuition Award - No. of awards TBC

International Tuition Awards assist international graduate students with their tuition fees if they are registered full-time in research-oriented master’s and doctoral programs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to $3,200 per annum


Students must hold a valid Student Authorization (Study Permit).

Application Procedure

Students do not need to apply, as all international students who are eligible are automatically considered for this scholarship. Awards are assigned on the Student Information System, and, once assigned, can be viewed by logging onto the Student Service Centre.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Academic equivalent of a four-year bachelor's degree from UBC (View Website)

Course Fees

Tuition per year: Canadian $4,615.35, International $8,108.40

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