Delivery Model

The Master of Arts in Environmental Practice (MAEP) program is delivered entirely online to accommodate your working professional life and other demands on your time. You can complete it at your own pace with as few as one course per session or as many as three courses per session. Other unique aspects of this program are the partnership with ECO Canada, leading to many career opportunities and certification as an Environmental Professional. The capacity for you to personalize your program to meet your individual educational and career goals is another valuable attribute of the program.

Shape your learning

The Master of Arts in Environmental Practice is unique in many ways. One of the main ways is your ability to shape your program to meet your individual goals and interests.

You can do this in many ways:

1. Timing: It is up to you how long you take to complete the program. If you are not working and have few demands on your time, you can speed through the program, taking as many as three courses a session (or even more, with permission). Some students have completed the program in less than two years while others have completed in the 7-year maximum. Most students complete in 2-3 years.
2. Course selection: there is a great deal of flexibility in your selection of courses:

  • You begin the program by taking two required courses.
  • Then, you select courses from the Block A and Block B options.
  • To complete the program, you then choose between two options: the research paper in environmental practice or the practicum in environmental practice.

The topic of both the Practicum and the research paper is entirely up to you according to your interests and career goals. You can also choose to take the three courses in the Graduate Certificate in Science and Policy of Climate Change and receive that credential (with approval) as well as the Master’s degree in Environmental Practice, or you can take one or more of those courses as part of your program. You may also take up to three courses from the University of Denver.

3. Course assignments, activities, and topics: One way of shaping the program to meet your needs is to choose assignment topics in your courses (instructors in most courses encourage you to work on topics of your own choosing) and the subject of your research paper or the practicum placement in an organization of your choice.

Program Design and Capstone

The Master of Arts in Environmental Practice program consists of 30 credits, or 9 or 10 courses (9 if you take the Research Paper as your capstone course and 10 if you choose the Practicum). The program is designed to be completed within two or three years but can be completed in up to 7 years.

Each course is delivered entirely online through the innovative use of web-based technologies. Participants will draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media.

Designed for the working professional, the program content reflects the defined needs of the environmental profession and is closely related to the National Occupational Standards established by ECO Canada for professional certification as Environmental Practitioners (EP) in Canada.

How to shape your learning

You'll initially take two required courses from the program core. Upon completion, you will then select:

  • 1 or 2 courses from a list of approved Block A electives
  • 5 Block B electives including up to 3 University of Denver courses, and up to the 3 GC in Science and Policy of Climate Change (with permission).

The number of courses you will take will depend on whether you plan to take the 3 credit Practicum or the 6 credit Research Paper course. 

After completing at least 21 credits, for the final capstone course, you can choose to take the 6 credit Research Paper course for which you'll write an extensive paper on a topic of your interest. Alternatively, you can choose the Practicum which will enable you to gain practical experience and apply knowledge gained in the program to a specific, approved activity of relevance to your workplace or an organization of your choice. Both the research paper and the practicum are part of a course in which the instructor provides guidance, assistance, and support throughout the research paper development or the practicum experience.

Courses normally last for a period of 10 to 12 weeks, each course requiring an average time commitment of 10 to 20 hours per week.

Student support

Just because you are not here, does not mean you are not connected to the University community. Support for you during your time on the program comes in many ways, and all are fully available and designed for students not physically on campus.

The dedicated program staff and faculty in the School of Environment and Sustainability can help you with planning and managing your learning from before you start the program. Visit the School of Environment and Sustainability blog to get to know more about the school’s initiatives, projects, research, and more.

Financial Support can be found through Royal Roads’ Financial Aid and Awards team who can supply information on grants, loans, and scholarships that may be available to help you fund your studies. Support for learning and wellness is provided through our various counseling services that can help with anything from mental health to learning strategies.

Our RRU library and Writing Centre provide comprehensive research and writing support services designed for students not physically on campus.

Learn more about the admission requirements. For more information about the MAEP program, how to design your program, or how to apply, connect with an Advisor by email, or call 250.391.2528 or 1.877.778.6227 (toll-free).