Master’s Degree in Environmental Practice

Earn an advanced degree online in as little as two years.

Royal Roads Universdity

Advance into a leadership or management role without putting your career on hold.

Since 2011, the Master’s degree in Environmental Practice (MEP) has been offered through the Canadian Center for Environmental Education (CCEE), a partnership between Royal Roads University and ECO Canada.

MEP is designed for environmental practitioners with an interest in leadership in the context of sustainability.

Graduates of MEP will be able to:

  • Relate their knowledge to environmental issues in their work environment
  • Assess the environmental and socio-economic elements of sustaining a healthy environment and societal well-being as an environmental practitioner
  • Develop and evaluate goals, objectives and strategies, taking a range of perspectives into consideration
  • Prepare, communicate and implement action plans
  • Make decisions that require a broad understanding of environmental knowledge, policy and regulation, and leadership skills
  • Solve problems effectively in differing workplace situations
  • Act as a leader who can meet the fundamental challenges of addressing complex environmental issues
  • Possess the skills and knowledge to coordinate and integrate different perspectives to aid public and private bodies make informed decisions
  • Possess a broad environmental vision and a sound understanding of how environmental issues are addressed under different jurisdictions and the dynamics of both public and private sectors

About the Program

Course Delivery

  • 100% online program
  • Credits: 30 credits (equates to approx. 10 courses)
  • A 15-credit core of courses includes a course in Research Method
  • Students can select an optional concentration with elective courses from Royal Roads University or from University College, the University of Denver
  • Candidates will select either a Research Paper or Practicum option to complete their degree

Choose between a Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Arts (MA) depending on your goals and educational background.

Download the Program Guide for full program details.

Program Qualifications

This program is designed to be of most benefit to environmental practitioners who have an interest in, or a responsibility for, leadership in the context of sustainability.

Standard Admissions:

  • Completed a four-year (or comparable) undergraduate degree in a related field with a minimum GPA of ‘B’ (3.00/4.33), from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • A minimum of two years of relevant work or volunteer experience, but it is recommended to have at least three years of experience working with environmental issues

Applicants who do not meet the Standard Admission requirements will be considered for Flexible Admission based on their work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Apply Today

The next intake starts September 9, 2019.

The Application deadline is August 9, 2019. Apply today through the Royal Roads University website:

Hear What Recent Grads are Saying about MEP:

The program was rigorous and challenging, but the pay back and knowledge I gained made it worth every minute.

Daniel Dietrich, MSc. in Environmental Practice graduate

The online program option meant that I didn’t have to quit my job or take a leave to complete my degree. The quality of education in the MEP program is very high and within the top echelon of programs offered in North America.

Amanda Mitchell, MA in Environmental Practice graduate

The MEP program was perfectly arranged and easy to work with. Each of the courses was very well organized and executed.

Lana van Veen, MA in Environmental Practice graduate