Environment and Management, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master of Environment and Management (MEM) program at Royal Roads University 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 Master of Environment and Management (MEM) program at Royal Roads University 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.

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. More

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.


Graduates of this program will have developed leadership and management skills in the context of environmental sustainability and will be prepared to apply their learning and lead change in the workplace immediately. Graduates will be knowledgeable and effective professionals in the areas of communication, knowledge, leadership and teamwork, critical thinking and global awareness.

Graduates of the MA/MSc in Environment and Management will be able to:

  • Assess the environmental, social, cultural, political, legal, and economic elements of sustaining and enhancing environmental health and ecosystem well-being
  • 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 scientific knowledge, policy and regulation, and leadership skills
  • Solve problems effectively, both individually and as a team player
  • Act as a leader who can meet the fundamental challenges of moving to a sustainable society
  • Possess the skills to co-ordinate and integrate different perspectives that will help industry, government and the public make informed decisions that reduce pollution, conserve resources, and create a future which is productive, equitable and sustainable
  • Possess a broad environmental vision and a sound understanding of environmental sciences and the dynamics of the public and private sectors.

Competency Domains

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From program and course perspectives these descriptions and assessments inform continuous improvements to program and course design and delivery. From instructor and student perspectives, these descriptions provide the basis for assessing the effectiveness of instructional practices and student achievement of learning outcomes.

Competency domains used in the program include; communication, knowledge, leadership and teamwork, critical thinking, and global awareness.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment
  • The Biosphere and Sustainability
  • Ecosystem Science and Management
  • Analytical Thinking and Communications
  • Economics for Decision Making
  • Sustainable Development: From Theory to Practice I
  • Research and Analysis
  • Environmental Accounting and Reporting
  • Legal Aspects of Environmental Management
  • Leadership and Sustainable Development
  • Introduction to Governance for Sustainability
  • Systemic, Cognitive and Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Systems Methods for Environmental Management
  • Master of Arts Thesis

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Standard Admission
  • Four-year (or comparable) 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%).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15572 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31144 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    12410 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24820 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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