Our Master of Environmental Studies (MES) is a two-year program offered by the Waterloo-Laurier Graduate Program in Geography. The collaboration between our universities makes us the third-largest graduate geography program in Canada, and our program is enhanced by a number of research centres and groups, including the Laurier Institute for Water Science, the Cold Regions Research Centre and the International Migration Research Centre.
You can benefit from the breadth and depth of the expertise of our faculty and your fellow graduate students in this rich intellectual environment. Our joint program allows you to explore a range of research interests, from the analysis of pressing social and environmental problems to theoretical questions of philosophical and technical importance.
The MES program is ideal if you’re interested in environmental and resource management, or some aspects of human geography or environmental applications of geomatics. We also offer a Master of Arts in Geography and a Master of Science in Geography.
The thesis option requires you to complete nine units of credit: five courses and the thesis (four credits). The thesis option is normally completed in six terms (two years).
The research paper option requires you to complete 10 units of credit: eight courses and the research paper (two credits). The research paper option is normally completed in three terms (one year).
Either option is available both full- and part-time students.
Faculty teaching in our MES program support a wide range of research interests, such as:
MES students who recently completed the program are employed by/as:
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