- Downtown Campus
- McGill School of Environment
- 3534 University Street
- Montreal QC H3A 2A7
- Telephone: 514-398-2827
- Macdonald Campus
- McGill School of Environment
- Rowles House
- 21,111 Lakeshore Road
- Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 3V9
- Telephone: 514-398-7559
Resolving environmental issues requires a dialogue between pure and applied sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. The degradation of the biological and biophysical environment has roots in the structure of human societies while solutions to environmental problems have an impact on human livelihoods.
A number of academic departments and institutes at McGill promote graduate-level research and training on environmental topics and have faculty members whose main research interest falls in this domain. As such, environmental research is widespread throughout the McGill community. The Environment option provides a vehicle whereby discipline-based graduate programs can easily and effectively incorporate collaborations from at least one other discipline into their research.
Goals of the Option
- To provide thesis or non-thesis students in existing graduate programs with an understanding of how knowledge is transferred into action with regard to the environment;
- To develop an appreciation of the role of scientific, political, socioeconomic, and ethical judgments in influencing that process;
- To provide a forum whereby graduate students in environment throughout the University bring their disciplinary perspectives together and enrich each other's learning through structured courses, formal seminars, and informal discussions and networking.
Students admitted into the Environment option will be supervised or co-supervised by either an MSE-appointed faculty member or an MSE associate member. Their advisory committee will include at least one individual from outside the home department. It is expected that the thesis, dissertation, or project, as well as the final seminar presentation, will contain an environmental component and will include a discussion of the applied implications of the research findings. Together with the courses common to the Environment option, specific course requirements for each program are given within the departmental listings cited below.
The Environment option is currently available with the following graduate programs:
Please note that the department of sociology will no longer be offering an option in Environment.
Environment Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Candidates must apply separately to the McGill School of Environment (MSE) for the graduate Environment option. Their admissibility will be based on their academic experience and performance, and the availability of a potential MSE-accredited supervisor or co-supervisor for their proposed research. For further information, please consult the following website: www.mcgill.ca/mse/envroption.
McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
- option application form
- signed option supervisory form (a supervisor or co-supervisor must be MSE-affiliated. Please visit the following website for listing: www.mcgill.ca/mse/envroption#FACULTY).
Application Dates and Deadlines
The application deadlines to the graduate Environment option may vary depending on the department you are applying to. For more information, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator in the department you are interested in.