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Ryerson University offers a PhD and a Master's degree in Environmental Applied Science and Management. These multidisciplinary programs are for graduate students seeking advanced study in a professionally-based environmental program that provides research in a broad variety of environmental fields.

The doctoral program (PhD) offers a program focusing on two fields:

  1. Environmental Science and Policy, and
  2. Environmental Management and Decision Making.

The Master's degree offers full- and part-time studies for students seeking management roles in the expanding environmental industry.

The graduate programs in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University offer studies in environmental sciences, technology, and environmental management systems and decision-making at the masters and doctoral level. These multidisciplinary programs are for students from a number of related disciplines including biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geography, geology, public and occupational health, urban planning and environmental studies.

These programs combine the environmental applied sciences (chemical and biological pathways, air and water pollution, waste management, soil remediation, toxicology, applied biology, and biotechnology) with environmental management fields (law and policy, management systems, impact and risk assessment, decision making and strategic planning, as well as GIS applications) offering advanced studies and research opportunities in these fundamental fields.

Key information about the programs such as the broader scope, student demographics and activities, employment experiences of students and graduates of the programs can be found in the program's PDF fileOccasional Papers, opens in new window.

The Environmental Applied Science and Management programs are leaders in integrating the environmental science disciplines with studies in environmental management. The curriculum reflects the view that graduate work in the environmental management field requires not only knowledge of the environmental sciences and how they are applied, but an understanding of environmental management theory and practice. In combining applied science and management, the program also follows the Ryerson University tradition of applied education and research.

The programs take a systems management approach to environmental problem solving in the private and public sectors. In order to respond to the complex environmental challenges in air, water and soil quality, energy and resource utilization, waste management and development impacts, industries and governments must develop an improved scientific and technical understanding of environmental issues and a proficiency in environmental analysis and decision-making. An environmental management systems approach, one that attempts to integrate a number of decisions an organization can make and their effects on the environment, is the focus of the graduate programs.

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Program History  

The Environmental Applied Science and Management Program began offering its MASc degree in 2000.  It was Ryerson’s first interdisciplinary graduate program. The program was established through the combined efforts of faculty members in schools and departments across Ryerson University. The program has continued to grow over time and began offering a PhD degree in 2009.

The program occasionally releases a paper that provides an overview of its development over time, with an emphasis on incoming student profiles, employment outcomes, and research performance. Links to the program’s occasional papers are provided below:

Environmental Applied Science and Management, MASc

All MASc students, both full- and part-time, are required to maintain continuous and active program registration from the first term program admission until degree completion including the summer term (i.e., May – August).

Thesis Option

The MASc thesis option requires the completion of seven courses and a master’s thesis.  In addition to the three required courses (ES 8901, ES 8930, and ES 8920 or ES 8921), thesis students must complete four program elective courses and the master's thesis. A minimum of one elective must be chosen from the Group A Environmental Applied Science electives list and a minimum of one elective must be chosen from the Group B Environmental Management electives list.

To fulfil the master's thesis requirement, thesis option students conduct an advanced examination of a topic in the environmental applied science and management areas. Students propose and carry out the research under the direction of a faculty supervisor. On completion, the research is submitted in a thesis format, to the supervisor and defended by the student before a thesis examining committee.

The Environmental Applied Science and Management programs' curricula and calendar course descriptions are available online in the graduate calendar.

Project Option

The MASc project option requires the completion of ten courses and a master’s project.  In addition to the three required courses (ES 8901, ES 8920 or ES 8921 and ES 8930), project option students must complete seven program elective courses plus a master's project. A minimum of two elective courses must be chosen from the Group A Environmental Applied Science electives list, and a minimum of two chosen from the Group B Environmental Management electives list.

The Project option is intended for students following a professional career path in environmental applied science and management, and is typically conducted in an applied setting. In the project, students propose and carry out advanced work in an industry or a public sector organization under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Upon completion, the research project is submitted in a written report to the faculty supervisor and is defended by the student before a project examining committee.

The Environmental Applied Science and Management programs' curricula and calendar course descriptions are available in the online graduate calendar.

The curriculum of the Master's program has been structured to combine core and elective courses in environmental applied science and environmental management. Students are required to take a core course in each area of study and to take a common seminar in environmental applied science and management. To earn the degree, students must complete a total of twelve course credits including either a thesis or a professional research project. The program is available to both full-time and part-time students with several courses scheduled to permit part-time study.

Required Courses

ES8901 - Chemical and Biological Pathways

ES8930 - Seminar: Environmental Applied Science and Management 

And, one of:

ES8920 - Environmental Policy and Management

ES8921 - Environmental Law

And, one of the following options:

MASc Thesis Option (7 courses)
  • Four (4) elective courses must be completed
  • A minimum of one (1) elective must be selected from Group A
  • A minimum of one (1) elective must be selected from Group B
  • The remaining two (2) electives may be chosen from Groups A, B, and/or C
Research Component

Master’s Thesis

MASc Project Option (10 courses)
  • Seven (7) elective courses must be completed
  • A minimum of two (2) electives must be selected from Group A
  • A minimum of two (2) electives must be selected from Group B
  • The remaining three (3) electives may be chosen from Groups A, B, and/or C
Research Component

Master’s Project Paper

Full-Time Studies Option

Full-time students normally are expected to take a minimum of three courses per teaching term. Graduation from the program through full-time study is normally two years after admission. The minimum residency requirement for full-time students is five terms and each term has four months. Full-time students must complete the degree requirements no more than three years after admission.

Part-Time Studies Option

The minimum residency requirement for part-time students is ten terms and each term has four months. Part-time students must complete the degree requirements no more than five academic years after admission. Part-time students may register for a maximum of two courses per term and normally are expected to take a minimum of one course in each teaching term. Canadian or permanent residents may apply for part-time studies.

Environmental Applied Science and Management, PhD

Full-time attendance at the university is expected of PhD candidates due to course and research requirements of the doctoral program. A part-time doctoral program is not available. PhD students are required to maintain continuous program registration from the first term program admission until degree completion including the summer term (i.e., May – August).

Candidates will study in two fields:

  1. Environmental Science and Policy, and
  2. Environmental Management and Decision Making.

Doctoral candidates must complete a minimum of four courses: one course in each of the two fields, one doctoral level research methods course, and a course in Environmental Policies and Management.

Participation in a doctoral symposium is also required. A candidacy examination directed toward the candidate's area of research specialization normally is held in the candidate's second year of study. Following the completion of the dissertation, the candidate defends the dissertation.

At the recommendation of the candidate's supervising committee and with the approval of the Program Director, one or more additional courses may be required for students with a broader disciplinary background who need additional graduate preparation leading to the candidacy examination.

The Environmental Applied Science and Management graduate program curricula are available in the online graduate calendar.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the PhD program requires the completion of a minimum of four courses: Research Methods in Environmental Applied Science and Management, Advanced Studies in Environmental Policy and Management, and one course in each of the two fields of study (courses are divided into Group A and Group B electives). In addition, the doctoral program includes three milestones: a doctoral seminar course which requires attendance in each term until degree completion, a candidacy examination directed toward the candidate's area of research specialization, and the Dissertation.

Year One

A total of four (4) courses must be completed:

  • There are two (2) required courses: 
    • ES9001 - Adv Studies in Env Policy Mgmt, and
    • ES9002 - Research Methods: Env App Sc and Mgt
  • One elective course must be completed from each of Groups A and B (see above)
  • A PhD symposium must also be completed

Year Two

  • A dissertation proposal should be developed
  • A candidacy examination, consisting of both written and oral components, should be completed

Years Three to Six

  • Conduct dissertation research
  • Prepare written dissertation
  • Complete final dissertation defense
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication (as necessary)