The program is designed to train and mentor students in the process of independent research on natural resource and environmental issues, within a collegial, interdisciplinary community of scholars. Graduating students will be able to:
· Understand the traditions in knowledge creation, and locate their own methodologies within that broader context;
· Identify knowledge gaps in a chosen area of specialization via literature review and synthesis;
· Design and defend a viable and rigorous research project to fill research gaps and objectives, adapting methods as appropriate;
· Demonstrate broadened perspectives on natural resource and environmental issues.
· Act to research ethically;
· Exhibit critical thinking but also the principles of collegiality and mutual respect during academic critique;
· Manage the research process to implement research design in collaboration with a supervisory committee to a mutually acceptable deadline;
· Analyze collected data, evaluate results and interpret its implications in the context of a chosen area of specialization; and,
· Create new knowledge in a chosen area of specialization.
Admission: Minimum 3.0 GPA in last two years (10 credits) of a related four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent, minimum 7.5 IELTS (or equivalent), two strong references (at least one Academic in nature), evidence from a resume of relevant experience (work, school or volunteer), a viable statement of research interest, and consent of a SRES supervisor to oversee the work.
For most students, the minimum program will occupy two calendar years (24 months). The minimum requirement is 15 credit hours and a thesis. The 15 required credit hours comprise:
- ENVI 5035.03: Research Design and Methods (take in the first year of study)
- ENVI 5059.03: SRES Research Seminar (MES students enrol in each term of their program until they complete the program requirements, typically winter of year 2).
- ENVI 9000.00: Thesis (enrol in all terms)
- Students must select three electives at the 5000-level or above in consultation with a faculty supervisor. A maximum of two of those can be Special Topics/Directed Studies courses such as ENVI5048-ENVI5051.
Course work beyond the load described above may be suggested in consultation with faculty supervisor. This is tuition-neutral as MES students pay program fees rather than per-course fees.
Note that MES students may not carry an F (grades below B-) in required or elective courses; this results in automatic dismissal but students can apply for readmission.
To help you get started we have prepared a list of courses that may be of interset to you but it is in no way a complete list.
Courses that may be of interest. [PDF - 25kB]
Although the scheduling of courses accommodate students primarily attending full time, some students are able to complete their program on a part-time basis.
MES Students pay program fees - a fixed lump sum each semester regardless of the number of classes in which they are enrolled. Fees for the current year are posted on Dal's Money Matters website.