Environment

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Note: The Graduate Option in Environment will NOT be offered in the 2024–2025 academic year.

Environment

Location

Location

  • Macdonald Campus
  • Bieler School of Environment
  • Rowles House
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 3V9
  • Downtown Campus
  • Bieler School of Environment
  • 3534 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 2A7
  • Telephone: 514-398-2827

About Environment

About Environment

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 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 a Bieler School of Environment appointed faculty member or a Bieler School of Environment 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.

Program List

The Environment option is currently available with the following graduate programs:

Anthropology
Master of Arts (M.A.) Anthropology (Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Arts > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Anthropology)
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences: Environment (Science > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences)
Biology
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Biology (Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Science > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Biology)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Biology: Environment (Science > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Biology)
Bioresource Engineering
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Bioresource Engineering (Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Bioresource Engineering)
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) Bioresource Engineering (Non-Thesis): Environmental Engineering (45 credits) (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Bioresource Engineering)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Bioresource Engineering: Environment (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Bioresource Engineering)
Geography
Master of Arts (M.A.) Geography (Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Science > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Geography)
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Geography (Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Science > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Geography)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Geography: Environment (Arts > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Geography)
Law
Master of Laws (LL.M.) Law (Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Law > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Law)
Master of Laws (LL.M.) Law (Non-Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Law > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Law)
Medicine, Experimental
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Experimental Medicine (Thesis): Environment (45 credits) (Medicine > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Medicine, Experimental)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Experimental Medicine: Environment (Medicine > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Medicine, Experimental)
Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Philosophy: Environment (Arts > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Philosophy)
Plant Science
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Plant Science (Thesis): Environment (48 credits) (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Plant Science)**Not currently offered**
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Plant Science: Environment (Agricultural & Environmental Sciences > Graduate > Browse Academic Units & Programs > Plant Science)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 17, 2024) (disclaimer)

Environment Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Environment Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Candidates must apply separately to the Bieler School of Environment for the graduate Environment option. Their admissibility will be based on their academic experience and performance, and the availability of a potential Bieler School-accredited supervisor or co-supervisor for their proposed research. For further information, please consult the following website: mcgill.ca/environment/envroption.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Option application form
  • Signed option supervisory form (A supervisor or co-supervisor must be Bieler School-affiliated. Please visit the following website for the faculty list: mcgill.ca/environment/envroption.)

Application Dates and Deadlines

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.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2024-2025 (last updated Mar. 10, 2023) (disclaimer)
Bieler School of Environment—2024-2025 (last updated Apr. 17, 2024) (disclaimer)
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