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Environmental Studies ( Masters )

The School of Environmental Studies has three core interdisciplinary research areas in ecological restoration, ethnoecology and political ecology. We embrace a full range of learning opportunities spanning natural and social sciences, humanities and traditional ecological knowledge.


Prerequisite Minimum standing
BA, BSc B+

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September January 15 January 15


  • TOEFL 90 (internet-based test)
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Research Intent
  • Brief Essay
  • For details, please consult the Environmental Studies website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
Receptionist & Undergraduate Programs Danielle Janess 250-721-7354 DTB B243
Undergraduate Advisor Laurel Currie 250-721-6125 DTB B258
Graduate Adviser Eric Higgs 250-721-8228 UH4 202
Graduate Programs Administrative Assistant Elaine Hopkins 250-472-5516 DTB B243
Director Karena Shaw 250-472-5070 DTB B243b
School Administrator Lori Erb 250-472-4568 DTB B243
Restoration of Natural Systems - Academic Administrator Valentin Schaefer 250-472-4387 DTB B241
Restoration of Natural Systems - Program Coordinator Laura Biggs 721-846-3 CST 308
Restoration of Natural Systems Library 250-472-4569 DTB B241
Environmental Studies FAX 250-721-8985 DTB

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

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