Thompson Rivers University - Graduate Programs

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Master of Science in Environmental Science

Thompson Rivers University - Graduate Programs

Faculty:Faculty of Science
Field of Study:Environmental Science
Areas of Research:Ecology and Evolution, Physical Sciences or Policy and Management.
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,566
Careers:Environmental Impact Analysts


The environment is a complex of biological, geological, physical, chemical, social and cultural factors that interact to influence the life of an individual or community. Our environment is threatened by global issues, such as overpopulation, climate change and habitat fragmentation. Many of these are issues caused by humans, and in turn they are threatening the well being of humans. The problems we face today are not solvable by science alone, but by an equal discovery and knowledge of culture, sociology, economics, politics and ethics.

Thompson Rivers University is ideally located to study environmental issues because of its proximity to a wide variety of diverse regional ecosystems. Kamloops is a city of about 90,000 people centred in the southern interior of British Columbia. The Thompson/Okanagan region and neighbouring Cariboo Plateau provide rare native grassland ecosystems, freshwater wetlands, lakes and rivers, and a rich diversity of forested ecosystems, all within easy access of TRU, as well as mountain and ocean ecosystems within a few hours' drive. The location of the university also provides collaborative potential with a number of neighbouring institutions and agencies, such as BC Ministry of Forests and Range, Agriculture Canada Research Station, BC Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Grassland Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited Canada.


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    Admission will be determined by your academic and professional record, letters of recommendation, area of research interest and the ability of the faculty member to accept you into their research group. Normally for admission to the program applicants must have achieved a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.33 on the TRU evaluation scale over the last two years of undergraduate studies.

    ESL students are required to submit a copy of TOEFL results.
    Application Notes : We are looking for students with dedication and enthusiasm for environmental science, who are able to benefit from and contribute to the program, and who have a desire to interact fully with faculty members and other students.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    A 350-word essay describing previous research experience is also required.
    Cover Letter outlining career plans/research interests to accompany resume.
    Two Letters of Reference/Recommendation; must be on M.Sc. Recommendation Form and written by professional or academic references.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on March 22, 2022