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Environmental Applied Science & Management - Masters and PhD Programs

How to Apply

Application Process and Timelines


The Environmental Applied Science and Management Graduate Programs accept Fall term applications only (starting in September). There is no application for admission in the Winter term (starting in January) or Spring/Summer term (starting in May).

Visit this website for the minimum admission requirements.

The application process is managed through the university online system.  Answers to common questions, such as deadline to apply and proof of English proficiency requirements, are provided in the Graduate Studies Admissions "How To Apply" web site.  Other application and admission related information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of "How To Apply".  If at any point during the admissions process you have a question or need assistance, email

Applications that the Graduate Admissions Office deems meeting the minimum academic requirements to apply will be made available to the Environmental Applied Science and Management Program Admission Committee for admission assessment.  Incomplete applications will not be processed by the admissions office or reviewed by the Program Admission Committee. Please refer to “Apply Online” for information about monitoring your application documents in RAMSS.

Required Documents

A standard graduate program application comprises of:

  • an Application Submission Summary
  • a Statement of Interest
  • a Resume/CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts, and
  • proof of English Language Proficiency,where applicable.   

Information outlined below is additional program-specific.

Statement of Interest

The Statement of Interest is part of the “Required Documents” of your application.  Refer to steps 3-4 in "Apply Online" in the Graduate Studies Admissions web site for the online submission information.

Formatting guidelines for the Statement of Interest

  1. In the top right corner in each page indicate your full name and the program code you are applying;
  2. Program Codes:  AM001 (master’s full-time);  AM002 (master’s part-time); AM003 (PhD).  For example, if John Smith is applying for master’s full-time study, "John Smith, AM001" should be appearing in the top right corner of each page of the statement.
  3. All text must be in 10 point or larger;
  4. Set the margins of each page at a minimum of 0.5 inches,
  5. Each Statement must include Part A Potential Faculty Supervisors and Part B Statement of Interest.
Part A: Potential Faculty Supervisors

Indicate “Part A Potential Faculty Supervisors” as the heading of this section.

Provide the names of the professors with whom you would like to study and conduct graduate research under their supervision.  These professors must be faculty members affiliated to this program. Refer to the list of Faculty Members online.

Up to a maximum of five names may be provided. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact professors to discuss research supervision opportunities before or during the application process. 

Part B: Statement of Interest

"Indicate “Part B Statement of Interest” as the heading of this section.  Master’s applicants indicate “Master’s Thesis Option” or “Master’s Project Option” in the heading. 

Statistics: provide the year and the university statistics course code/title that you have completed or will be completed.  Or indicate "No statistics credits in the university transcript(s)" .

Key words: provide up to 5 single words and/or brief phrases that summarize the key areas of graduate research you are interested in pursuing.

Part B of the statement should be no more than 1,000 words in length.

The statement should address the following:

  • reasons for studying in this graduate program;
  • expend on the key research areas you are interested in pursuing in a master's thesis, master's project or in the doctoral dissertation;
  • how your previous studies and experience have prepared you to study and to conduct scholarly research in this program; and
  • your career objectives and how this degree program relates to them.
Letters of Recommendation

Recommendations MUST be provided by the applicant’s former professors or research supervisors who are familiar with the applicants’ abilities in graduate study and scholarly research.

  • Master’s Applications:   TWO academic recommendations are required for each master’s full- and part-time application. Master's Part-time applicants who are working in an environmentally related field and are unable to provide two academic references may submit a professional letter to replace one of the two academic references.  At least one academic reference must be provided.
  • PhD Applications: THREE academic recommendations are required for each doctoral application.

Additional information about the Letters of Recommendation and submission is available in the Graduate Studies Admissions "Required Documents" web site.

If your referees come across any technical issues about submitting the Letters of Recommendation online, please contact the Graduate Studies Admissions for assistance  You may monitor the status of your application documents online; refer to step 5 of the Apply Online web site.