Environmental Science

Why Environmental Science @ Memorial?

Memorial University’s Environmental Science programs are interdisciplinary in nature and offered by the Faculty of Science. Students enter the Environmental Science programs from a wide range of undergraduate science backgrounds, including the bachelor’s program in Environmental Science offered at Grenfell Campus (Memorial's campus in Corner Brook). Our graduate programs give students an opportunity to build upon their undergraduate science education, to investigate its environmental relevance, to see how it relates to other scientific disciplines important in Environmental Science, and to learn more about these other disciplines.

There are three ways to complete a graduate degree in Environmental Science: one is a course-based program leading to the degree of Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSci), another is a more research-intensive program leading to the degree of Master of Science (Environmental Science), and the third is the research-based PhD.

Description of programs

  • MEnvSci* – The MEnvSci program involves only courses and can be completed in one year of full-time study. A co-op option including a work term is also available.
  • MSc – The MSc program involves courses and a thesis. The MSc can be completed in two years of full-time study.
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis. The program can be completed in four years of full-time study.
*Please note applications for the MEnvSci program are not being considered at this time. 

Contact a faculty supervisor

A faculty supervisor is required for all Environmental Science graduate programs. Applicants must identify a supervisor before submitting their application and the supervisor must confirm that they are willing to supervise the applicant. No applicants are offered formal admission until a faculty supervisor has been confirmed. This applies to applicants for all three programs. Visit the Environmental Science program website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search application to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

The School of Graduate Studies offers advice on how to search for and contact potential supervisors. Need more help? Try attending one of our webinars and information sessions for prospective graduate students.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MEnvSci, MSc – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in Science, Geography, Environmental Science, Engineering or equivalent
  • PhD – Master’s degree in an appropriate area of study

Note: All figures are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Fees are approved by the University’s Board of Regents. In the event of a discrepancy between the fees approved by the Board and those published on this website, the fees approved by the Board will prevail. Financial policies are enforced through the Department of Financial and Administrative Services. For the complete and official list of all fees and charges, visit www.mun.ca/finance/fees/.

Program Information
Degrees Offered:

MSc, MEnvSci, PhD


course, thesis

Duration (Full-time students):

MEnvSci,MSc: 1-2 years
PhD: 4 years


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Application Deadline:

February 1 for Fall admission

April 1 for Winter admission (MSc and PhD only)

*Please note applications for the MEnvSci program are not being considered at this time.


MSc: $18,000
PhD: $20,000

More funding information

Tuition (NL students):

MEnvSci, MSc: $635-$1,313/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (Other Canadian students):

MEnvSci, MSc: $826-$1,707/semester
PhD: $1,154/semester

Tuition (International students):

MEnvSci, MSc: $1,074-$2,218/semester
PhD: $1,499/semester

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