Master of Environmental Studies/Science

Thesis Program Requirements

In this option, students will complete four (4) 3-credit courses and write a Thesis worth 12 credits.  The program is normally completed within two years.

Students in the Thesis option complete the following:

Core Courses: (3 credits each)
ENST 5116 Perspectives on the Environment  
ENST 5117 Methods of Inquiry in Environmental Research  
ENST 5126 Geomatics for MES/MESc Graduate Students  

Plus one (1) of the following specialty courses: (3 credits each)

MESc-Science specialty courses 
ENST 5027 Spatial Computing  
ENST 5316 Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring  
ENST 5317 Topics in Forest Ecology and Management  
ENST 5326 Topics in Environmental Hydrology  
ENST 5327 Topics in Aquatic Behavior Ecology  
ENST 5347 Special Topics in MESc  
ENSC 5516 Biogeochemistry of the Anthropocene  
ENST 5656 Chemical Approaches to Air and Water Pollutants  
MES-Studies specialty courses 
ENST 5106 Multispecies Ethnography  
ENST 5336 Topics in the Environmental History of Land and Subsistence  
ENST 5346 Integrated Watershed Management  
ENST 5347 Selected Topics in MES  
Plus:    
ENST 5454 Masters Thesis (12 credits)  

Students in the Thesis option complete a thesis, which involves primary research and makes a significant contribution to scholarship. Students are encouraged to publish the results arising from this work in a refereed journal. The Thesis must be defended before an Examination Committee.

Speaker Series/Graduate Conference (0 credits)

All students are required to participate in the regular program speaker series and to present their research at an academic conference, either at Nipissing University or elsewhere.

MRP Program Requirements:

In this option, students complete six (6) 3-credit courses and write an MRP (Master Research Paper) worth 6-credits, normally within one year. Students in the MRP option complete the following:

Core Courses: (3 credits each)
ENST 5116 Perspectives on the Environment  
ENST 5117 Methods of Inquiry in Environmental Research  
ENST 5126 Geomatics for MES/MESc Graduate Students  

Plus three (3) of the following specialty courses: (3 credits each)

MESc-Science specialty courses
ENST 5027 Spatial Computing  
ENST 5316 Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring  
ENST 5317 Topics in Forest Ecology and Management  
ENST 5326 Topics in Environmental Hydrology  
ENST 5327 Topics in Aquatic Behavior Ecology  
ENST 5347 Special Topics in MESc  
ENSC 5516 Biogeochemistry of the Anthropocene  
ENST 5656 Chemical Approaches to Air and Water Pollutants  
MES-Studies specialty courses
ENST 5106 Multispecies Ethnography  
ENST 5336 Topics in the Environmental History of Land and Subsistence  
ENST 5346 Integrated Watershed Management  
ENST 5347 Selected Topics in MES  
Plus:    
ENST 5115 Major Research Paper (MRP): (6 credits)  

Students write an MRP constituting either an original literature review or limited primary research. This paper is evaluated by the supervisor and one other member of the graduate faculty, but is not subject to an oral defence.

Speaker Series/Graduate Conference (0 credits)

All students are required to participate in the regular program speaker series and to present their research at an academic conference, either at Nipissing University or elsewhere

Degree Requirements

To graduate with a Master of Environmental Studies/Master of Environmental Science degree, students must:

  1. satisfy all stated requirements for the degree;
  2. complete the specified courses, with a minimum overall average of 70%, and a minimum grade of 70% in each course after no more than one attempt;
  3. not have failed more than one course (failed grades are not counted in the average);
  4. complete the program of study according to the time-to-completion guidelines in the School of Graduate Studies Regulations document.

 

 

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