MSc Eligibility Process

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  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Graduate Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences' additional admission requirements stated below.
  • Applicants whose primary language is not English, and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.
  • A science or engineering undergraduate degree; with a minimum mid-B grade average in the last two years of the undergraduate program
  • Applicants must submit a written, maximum 300-word, statement describing their interests in Environmental Science. The statement should describe any research experience, the suitability of their academic background for a MSc in Environmental Science, and their environmental science-related research objectives in the MSc program. Applicants must make clear in their written statement the supervising professor with which they plan to conduct their thesis research and their interest in conducting research in their chosen area.
  • Applicants must have completed ONE of the following:
    • At least one supervised research experience during their undergraduate studies. This may include an honours thesis, a research-based work-term, a summer research experience or another course formally linked to a research project. One of the applicant’s reference letters must be from their research experience supervisor or co-supervisor.
    • At least 10 one-term courses at the upper level (Years 3 and 4 of full-time undergraduate studies) in a science discipline (e.g., environmental science, earth science, physical geography, biology, chemistry, mathematics/statistics, physics, computer science, forestry) or in a branch of engineering (e.g., civil, chemical, environmental).