Delivery Model

The Master of Environment and Management program is a 2-year program delivered in a blended format that incorporates online learning with three on-campus residencies. It enables you to obtain your degree while continuing to work full-time, while also creating the opportunity for intensive and deep explorations into the theory and practice of environment, sustainability, management, change, and leadership.


The three 3-week on-campus residencies are deliberatively placed at the beginning, middle and end of the program to allow you a short but intensive immersion into a community of learning situated on one of the most physically beautiful campuses in Canada. Many students say this time together on the land is the highlight of their program and allows them to build lasting and supportive relationships with their cohort. As one of your experiences, you’ll participate in a tour of our amenities by one of our scientists while at the same time being introduced to the science of the carbon cycle.

You’ll work closely with your colleagues and instructors in team settings and create relationships that will support you in your studies online. The residency is an intense period of studies and collaboration that allows you to become aware of both your own and your cohort’s strengths, skills, and knowledge. It sets the foundation for the online learning sessions in between residencies.

You can expect to:

  • be in the classroom Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. either engaged in formal instruction or teamwork
  • be intensively engaged in deep dialogue and inquiry
  • engage in an innovative project, open space technology and fieldwork
  • participate in an integrated social and natural science inquiry
  • attend planned recreational and evening events
  • take part in team meetings, assignment preparation, and readings outside of these hours

Online Learning

Distance courses introduce and expand upon the important learning from the residencies, allowing you to practice skills and deepen your knowledge base as you connect with your cohort and instructors online in courses of your choice. Residency courses have online components before and after residency, and there are stand-alone online courses during the program.

During these courses, you can expect the following:

  • typically take one distance course at a time, for a period of approximately 10 weeks each;
  • have an intensity level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week;
  • work through the requirements of the course (there will be ‘real-time’ deadlines for assignments and sometimes synchronous class meetings and lectures scheduled in advance, etc. although these are usually also recorded if you can’t make it at the time);
  • use a variety of different delivery methods including textbooks, articles, podcasts, digital videos, case studies, and interactive learning using discussion threads (bulletin boards, etc.) for correspondence with classmates in the instructors.
  • Online courses, combined with residencies, allow you to progress your learning without having to give up your current employment.

In general, students will have secured the necessary approvals to enter the program from their employer. In many cases, employers provide the support and mentorship necessary to support you in your studies. In some cases, your employer may want to sponsor your research.

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