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Environmental Applied Science and Management (MASc, PhD)

Ferris Zahlan, MASc student, in greenhouse lab

Program Overview

Format: Full-time (MASc, PhD), Part-time (MASc)

Degree Earned: Master of Applied Science or PhD

The MASc and PhD programs provide a wide range of educational and research opportunities. The curriculum in each reflects the view that professional success in the field of environmental science and management requires individuals to build on their existing skills and knowledge to develop a broad-based interdisciplinary perspective. Students are supported by more than 100 faculty members and external associates from the full range of environmental disciplines including science, the social sciences, engineering, business, architecture, planning and public health.

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EnSciMan at a glance

At a Glance


  • Completion of an honours bachelor’s degree in an environment-related discipline
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (part-time applicants may substitute one professional recommendation)


  • Completion of a master’s degree in an environment-related discipline
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+)
  • Three academic letters of recommendation

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

  • Assessment of Solar Energy Policy
  • Automating GIS Input for Distributed Urban Drainage Modelling
  • Best Practices For Mine Site Reclamation
  • Communication Networks in Rooftop Urban Agriculture
  • Community Stakeholders and the Sagarmatha National Park Forestry Project, Nepal
  • Corporate Responsibility in the Commercial Real Estate and Construction
  • Enhanced Biofuel Production Using Renewable and Sustainable Feedstock
  • Environmental Management in the Film and Television Production Industry
  • Ethanol Production from Cellulose Using C. thermocellum and T. saccharolyticum
  • Feasibility of a Site-Specific Predictive Model for Beach Water Quality
  • Green Resins From Renewable Resources
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Policy
  • Knowledge Management Practices for Sustainable Development
  • Marine Protected Areas and the Nassau Grouper in Belize
  • Multinational Agrochemical Corporations’ Environmental Disclosure Practices in India
  • Policy Analysis of Wind Farm Developments
  • Shoreline Changes In Tuktoyaktuk and the Mackenzie Delta
  • Soil Amendments to Improve Tree Growth
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Energy Sector

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Andrew Laursen
Graduate Program Director
PhD, University of Notre Dame
Research areas: the study of natural ecosystem functions and how they respond to disturbances; biogeochemistry in aquatic ecosystems; nitrogen cycling processes in rivers; microbial reduction of nitrate to nitrogen gas; the study of other biogenic gases in rivers, such as nitrous oxide and methane
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 3389

Elias Chu
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7777
Fax: 416-979-5153

“The EnSciMan program lets students pursue their environmental interests while also teaching how they can make a change in their field. The downtown Toronto campus provides great resources and opportunities where students will develop important connections for their future.”

Ferris Zahlan, MASc student

Student Profile

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student working at a desk

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.