This flexible program enables you to personalize your course of study to meet your educational and career objectives. You will thus have an opportunity to select courses from a broad range of courses in the Master’s in Environmental Practice program and from the 3 courses in the Graduate Certificate in Science and Policy of Climate Change (with permission) and/or the University of Denver. In addition, we offer a diverse choice of electives from our other graduate programs, MA in Environmental Education and Communication and Master in Environment and Management programs. 

Required Core Courses

  • ENVP 500 and ENVP 550 must be completed prior to taking elective courses
  • ENVP 500: Developing a Sustainability Perspective
  • ENVR 550: Research and Analysis

Block A Elective Courses

  • Research Paper takes one, Practicum takes two of: 
  • ENVR 530: Economics for Decision Making
  • ENVR 545: Sustainable Development from Theory to Practice
  • ENVR 571: Legal Aspects of Environmental Management


  • Students must take one of the following at the end of the program
  • ENVP 600: Practicum in Environmental Practice (3 credits)
  • ENVP 691: Research Paper in Environmental Practice (6 credits)

Block B Elective courses

Royal Roads University Electives

  • EECO 508: Learning Theory and Environmental Program Design
  • EECO 503: Foundations for Environmental Communicators
  • ENVR 514: Global Processes and Issues
  • EECO 510: Worldview, Ethics and the Environment
  • ENVR 560: Environmental Accounting and Reporting
  • ENVR 626: Leadership and Sustainable Development
  • ENVR 660: Environmental Management Tools
  • EECO 586: The Biosphere and Sustainability
  • PJMN 501: Managing Complex Projects
  • GBLD520: Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities

Graduate Certificate in Science and Policy of Climate Change: (with permission) 

  • SPCC 614 Science and Impacts of Climate Change
  • SPCC 615 Climate Policy and Governance
  • SPCC 616 Climate Solutions

University of Denver Electives

Maximum of 3 University of Denver courses permitted:

  • EPM 4140: NEPA
  • EPM 4233: Sustainable Transportation
  • EPM 4238: Water and Food Sustainability
  • EPM 4355: ISO 140001
  • EPM 4461: Assessment of Social Impacts
  • EPM 4705: Land Use Planning
  • EPM 4150: Global Environmental Law and Policy
  • EPM 4390: Environmental Policy Analysis
  • EPM 4108: Impacts of Recreational Use
  • EPM 4460: Land and Visual Resources

Course Descriptions:

ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity

The Introduction to Academic Integrity course illustrates academic integrity and plagiarism in real-life scenarios. A clear sense of academic honesty and responsibility is fundamental to good scholarship, and the integrity of university academic work and the degrees conferred by the university is dependent upon the honesty and soundness of the teacher-student learning relationship and of the evaluation process. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism, and other academic offences. The Introduction to Academic Integrity course serves as a helpful, interactive companion to the academic integrity policy and procedures outlined in the Student Policies & Procedures, which contains the policies and procedures that guide academic life at Royal Roads and support our mission as a university.
Course Credits: 0.0

EECO503: Foundations for Environmental Communication

Explores the intersection of communication and the environment in various mediated and unmediated forms. Introduces a range of significant interpersonal, group/organizational and mass communication theories to environmental communication. Examines those theories from the context of their practical contributions to environmental communications and our understanding of how we form notions about the environment. Highlights the essential role communication has played in getting us to our current environmental situation and the role communication might play in helping us to change course.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO508: Learning Theory and Program Design

Cultivates increasingly sophisticated understanding of learning processes. The search for meaning through the active elaboration of our meaning system - one possible definition of learning - seems to be at the core of being human. As a result of this course, educators will be better able to design effective programs and products. Instructional design will be seen as an intentional process to create learning environments that support effective and efficient learning and instruction appropriate to particular bodies of skill and content and in specific contexts. With support and critique from classmates, students will design or re-design an instructional module they use or plan to use in their environmental education work.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO510: Worldviews, Ethics, and the Environment

Examines the range of philosophical and ethical stances at work today as expressed in contemporary environmental education and communications. Investigates environmental ethics as they are tested against real-world environmental problems.
Course Credits: 3.0

EECO586: The Biosphere and Sustainability

Explores the ecological principles governing the dynamic structures and processes of ecosystems and sustainability and how they can be applied to better understand responses to anthropogenic stress.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVP500: Developing a Sustainability Perspective

Explores the applicability of environmental sustainability concepts and principles in developing a sustainable society. Highlights the tensions that exist between our various value systems and how underlying root metaphors influence attitudes towards the environment. Investigates how environmental sustainability concepts and principles inform the development of a sustainable society from the perspectives of community, business, governance, and leadership as well as how they influence the measurement of performance and outcomes will establish the overall philosophical orientation of the program, and helps each student better define for him or herself what sustainable development means, and why it is such an important concept today.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR514: Global Environmental Processes and Current Issues

Introduces the latest scientific research of our changing natural earth "system" to create the basis for thinking about and understanding the complex issues created by global climate change and global biodiversity. Addresses challenges with respect to biodiversity, climate change, adaptations and governance from both international and Canadian perspectives. Provides an opportunity to learn and practice debating and scientific conference presentation skills.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR530: Economics for Decision Making

Introduces theories, concepts and facts about competing economic paradigms, and develops skills needed to integrate economic and environmental decisions. Examines selected economic instruments from member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and reviews leading practices in the application of these instruments, considering their effectiveness, efficiency, and public acceptability.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR545: Theories and Stories in Sustainable Development

Takes students beyond theory to the difficulty of the practice of sustainable development. Introduces the topic historically and addresses the current debates over the meaning of sustainable development and sustainability. Explains the longstanding discussions concerning economic growth and common resource allocation and introduces the difficult task of measuring human impacts. Applies theoretical concerns to the issue of climate pollution in Canada, with particular focus on how we generate and consume energy. Gives students the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, and on the practices of sustainable development in their own communities.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR550: Research and Analysis

Provides an overview of both natural and social science methods and techniques that apply directly to preparing and completing the master's thesis, as well as professional assignments following graduation, and exposes students to diverse applied research methods within a sustainable development context. An explicit objective of this course is the formulation of the thesis research question, abstract and research proposal outline in preparation for the poster presentation that takes place during the second residency.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR560: Environmental Accounting and Reporting

Examines environmental accounting and reporting methods to improve business decisions and performance, including: identifying internal environmental costs (both direct and indirect), identifying external environmental costs (especially those costs which the firm may be accountable for in the future), applying activity based costing (total cost assessment, life cycle assessment, and full cost accounting to business operations), developing environmental performance measures and indicators, and reporting on environmental performance.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR571: Legal Aspects of Environmental Management

Provides an overview of current environmental law and policy, including the role of the common law, legislation, regulation and policy and how it evolves over time. Explains how the constitutional division of powers is relevant to environmental management in Canada and examines the role of federal, provincial and local governments, and First Nations in regulating environmental protection. Examines the development and implementation of international environmental legal instruments and explores the use of environmental assessment as a tool to prevent unwanted impacts.
Course Credits: 3.0

GBLD520: Navigating Geo-Political Dynamics of Global Communities

Develops understanding of global communities in their relationships to wider social, cultural, historical, political and economic settings, factors, and ideas. Students connect theories and practices in global community development to the shifting social, political, and economic environments that shape people’s lives in the global North and South. Participants explore the centrality of the concept of globalization and the integration of local and global forces. They develop and apply global literacy in a number of domains: political, economic, cultural, moral, organizational, and spiritual/religious. Pre-requisites: GBLD501 and GBLD505.
Course Credits: 3.0

PJMN501: Managing Complex Projects

Project managers use specific proven techniques and strategies for achieving outstanding results. Several models have evolved to provide contextual frameworks for integrating projects within an organization’s strategic goals. This course includes and examines the benefits realization approach and the SMART (strategically managed, aligned, regenerative and transitional) model.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVP600: Practicum in Environmental Practice

Provides practical experience in the environmental field. Allows students to work in an environmental organization on a specific project or task. Consists of a six-week placement and a 20-week online component. Concludes with a practicum report that will relate student experience to their program of study. Pre-requisites: All core and elective courses of the program must be completed prior to the start of the practicum.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVP691: Research Paper in Environmental Practice

Requires students to complete an independent research paper reporting findings of secondary research on an environmental problem or issue. Constitutes a substantial written examination of a topic relevant to environmental practice. Must demonstrate the student's knowledge and application of environmental theory in their declared area of concentration. Topics need not be original contributions to knowledge, but may constitute exercises in replication of relevant studies, application of knowledge to the field, development of instructional practices or policy analysis or development, surveys, and other types of projects negotiated with the program director. Standards of validity and academic rigor apply as appropriate to the nature of the research paper, whether it be a theoretical analysis, empirical study or naturalistic inquiry. Some, but not all, research-related learning outcomes of the program will be demonstrated in the graduating paper. Requires approximately 200 hours of student effort. *All program core and elective courses must have been completed.
Course Credits: 6.0

ENVR626: Leadership and Sustainable Development

Synthesizes the cumulative learning throughout the program of study by enabling the capacity of learners. Develops personal leadership and action plans on the major challenges discussed in the previous residencies and online course work; to see and act sustainably and ethically in a complex multicultural world.
Course Credits: 3.0

ENVR660: Environmental Management Tools

Provides a critical overview and framework for working with environmental and sustainability management systems and tools. Examines various systems of environmental management and tools such as Environmental Impact Assessment and related processes, Environmental Performance Evaluation, and Sustainability Assessment and Risk Assessment. Emphasis will be on the “how-to,” and students are expected to familiarize themselves with the appropriate techniques and methods.
Course Credits: 3.0

SPCC614: Science and Impacts of Climate Change

This course is a foundational introductory, interdisciplinary course about the nature, causes, and impacts of climate change. Resources will include the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Canadian and BC government reports as well as significant current journal articles and publications. Impacts covered will include warming, sea level rise, melting of permafrost, and altered distribution and migration patterns as well as impacts on livelihoods and cultures. It will combine perspectives from geology, biology, sociology, and modelling.
Course Credits: 3.0

SPCC615: Climate Policy and Governance

Reviews and evaluates existing policy instruments and governance institutions designed to address climate change (both adaptation and mitigation) now and in the future; for example, COP process including COP 21- the Paris Agreement, UNFCCC, local, regional, and national policies in Canada and elsewhere. Includes human dimensions of such policies and governance such as gender, equity, Indigenous rights, communication and others.
Course Credits: 3.0

SPCC616: Climate Solutions

This experiential course enables students to work with their own or other organizations addressing climate change. It represents the transdisciplinary part of the course as it promotes working with and incorporating other ways of knowing and non-academic organizations. Students will arrange placements with First Nations, Government Departments at any level, Business and Industry and Civil Society, or NGOs. They will work with a supervisor in that organization as well as an academic advisor to enable them to wrest meaning from the experience and add value to the organization.
Course Credits: 3.0