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Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

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McGill University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Karen Oberer
Sustainability Officer
McGill Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Master of Science (MSc) - Bioresource Engineering - Thesis (46 credits)

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The Department offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. research programs in various areas of bioresource engineering including: plant and animal environments; ecological engineering (ecosystem modelling, design, management, and remediation); water resources management (hydrology, irrigation, drainage, water quality); agricultural machinery, mechatronics, and robotics; food engineering and bio-processing; post-harvest technology; waste management and protection of the environment; bio-energy; and artificial intelligence. The Department also offers a Graduate Certificate in Bioresource Engineering (Integrated Water Resources Management). The Department has well equipped laboratories for conducting research in all these areas.

The interdisciplinary nature of bioresource engineering often requires candidates for higher degrees to work in association with, or attend courses given by, a number of other departments at both the McGill University Macdonald campus and the Downtown campus.


Website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
The McGill-Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Neotropical Environment Option - Master's or PhD

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The McGill-STRI Neotropical Environment Option (NEO) is a research-based option for Masters or PhD students in the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Bioresource Engineering , Geography, Natural Resource Sciences, Plant Science, and Political Science at McGill University. NEO is aimed at students who wish to focus their graduate research on environmental issues relevant to the Neotropics and Latin American countries. NEO favors interdisciplinary approaches to research and learning through the participation of researchers from McGill and from STRI. Students will complete their research in Latin America and NEO's core and complementary courses will be taught in Panama. NEO's educational approach seeks to facilitate a broader understanding of tropical environmental issues and the development of skills relevant to working in the tropics.

Whether applying to a Master or a PhD, students are expected to meet all the degree requirements of the department in which they are registered. In addition, NEO students will have to meet the specific requirements of the option.


Website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Master of Science (MSc) - Agricultural Economics - Thesis (45 credits)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

This program provides students with applied economic concepts and tools to identify, define, and analyze economic problems affecting the performance of the agri-food sector and the environment. The ideal prior preparation is an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics or Economics, including undergraduate courses in intermediate economic theory (micro and macro), calculus, algebra, statistics, and econometrics.

Attention is given to the development of analytical skills in the broad areas of agricultural, environmental, and ecological economics. Students may specialize, by way of their research program, in agribusiness, development, finance, marketing and trade, policy, and resource economics. The program prepares graduates for rewarding careers in research, analysis, and decision-making in academia, private and NGO sectors, and government.


Website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Renewable Resources — Environment
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Sciences | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Plant Science — Environment
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Plant Science | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Parasitology — Environment
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Parasitology | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Microbiology — Environment
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Sciences | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Geography — Environment
Faculty of Arts | Geography | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Geography — Environment
Faculty of Science | Geography | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Management — Environment
Desautels Faculty of Management | Management | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Experimental Medicine — Environment
Faculty of Medicine | Medicine | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Non-Thesis) — Environmental Assessment (45 credits)

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Sciences | Graduate | Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Philosophy — Environment
Faculty of Arts | Philosophy | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Entomology — Environment
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Sciences | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Earth and Planetary Sciences — Environment
Faculty of Science | Earth & Planetary Sciences | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Biology — Environment
Faculty of Science | Biology | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Bioresource Engineering — Environment
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Bioresource Engineering | Graduate | Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.); Urban Planning (Non-Thesis) — Urban Design (66 credits)
Faculty of Engineering | Urban Planning | Graduate | Master of Urban Planning

Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.); Urban Planning (Non-Thesis) (66 credits)
Faculty of Engineering | Urban Planning | Graduate | Master of Urban Planning

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Renewable Resources (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Sciences | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Bioresource Engineering (Non-Thesis) — Environment (45 credits)
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Bioresource Engineering | Graduate | Master of Science Applied

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Microbiology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Sciences | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Plant Science (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Plant Science | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Parasitology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Parasitology | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Public Health (Non-Thesis) — Environment (60 credits)
Faculty of Medicine | Epidemiology and Biostatistics | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Entomology (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Natural Resource Sciences | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Experimental Medicine (Thesis) — Environment (45 credits)
Faculty of Medicine | Medicine | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Geography (Thesis) — Environment (45 credits)
Faculty of Science | Geography | Graduate |

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Earth and Planetary Sciences (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)
Faculty of Science | Earth & Planetary Sciences | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Biology (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)
Faculty of Science | Biology | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Bioresource Engineering (Thesis) — Environment (46 credits)

Agricultural & Environmental Sciences | Bioresource Engineering | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (Thesis) — Environment (45 credits)

Faculty of Science | Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences | Graduate | Master of Science

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.); Post-professional (Non-Thesis) — Urban Design and Housing (45 credits)
Faculty of Engineering | Architecture | Graduate | Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.); Professional (Non-Thesis) — Design Studio (45 credits)

Faculty of Engineering | Architecture | Graduate | Master of Architecture

Master of Arts (M.A.); Geography (Thesis) — Environment (45 credits)
Faculty of Arts | Geography | Graduate | Master of Arts

Master of Arts (M.A.); Geography (Thesis) — Environment (45 credits)
Faculty of Science | Geography | Graduate | Master of Arts

Master of Arts (M.A.); Communication Studies (Thesis) (45 credits)
Faculty of Arts | Art History & Communication Studies | Graduate | Master of Arts

Master of Arts (M.A.); Anthropology (Thesis) — Environment (48 credits)
Faculty of Arts | Anthropology | Graduate | Master of Arts

Master of Laws (LL.M.); Law (Thesis); Environment (45 credits)
Faculty of Law | Law | Graduate | Master of Laws

Master of Laws (LL.M.); Law (Non-Thesis); Environment (45 credits)
Faculty of Law | Law | Graduate | Master of Laws

Diploma in Management — Entrepreneurship Concentration (30 credits)
School of Continuing Studies | Career & Professional Develop. | Graduate | Diploma in Management

https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/environment


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Graduate Option in Environment

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

The McGill School of Environment (MSE) coordinates a graduate Environment Option offered in partnership with several departments at McGill for students registered in a Master or Ph.D. program. As a complement to the unit’s expertise, the Option considers how various dimensions (scientific, social, legal, ethical, etc.) interact to define environment and sustainability issues. Students learn to explain and defend their research and thinking in a broader context and understand how knowledge is transferred into action with regard to the environment and sustainability. The program provides a forum whereby graduate students throughout the University bring their disciplinary perspectives together and enrich each other's learning through structured courses, seminars, discussions, and networking.

As a complement to their unit’s requirements, Environment Option students take the following courses (total = 9 credits):
ENVR 615 Interdisciplinary Approach Environment and Sustainability 3 Credits

One or both of the following courses (3 to 6 credits):
ENVR 610 Foundations of Environmental Policy 3 Credits
[ENVR 614 Mobilizing Research for Sustainability 3 Credits

If taking only one of ENVR 610 / ENVR 614, 3 credits must be taken from:
ENVR 585 Readings in Environment 2 3 Credits
ENVR 630 Civilization and Environment 3 Credits
ENVR 680 Topics in Environment 4 3 Credits
or 3 credits at the 500 level or higher recommended by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Environment Option Committee. (see Environment Option Course Substitution Form)

The MSE Graduate Environment Option can be undertaken within any of the following departments and degree programs:

Anthropology (MA)
Biology (MSc and PhD)
Bioresource Engineering (MSc, MSc(A), PhD)
Entomology (MSc and PhD)
Experimental Medicine (MSc and PhD)
Geography (MA, MSc and PhD)
Law (LLM, LLM NonThesis)
Philosophy (PhD)
Plant Science (MSc and PhD)
Renewable Resources (MSc and PhD)


Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Master of Laws - Law (Non-Thesis) - Environment Concentration

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Program Requirements
The Faculty of Law together with the School of Environment and other units at McGill offers a 45-credit, LL.M. program, non-thesis option, in Environment. The program complements previous legal education through specialized graduate-level coursework and in-depth research. It enhances expertise in selected areas of legal scholarship and offers an opportunity to write a supervised, substantial, and publishable paper in an area of interest.

Candidates must remain in residence for three terms for which full-time fees will be charged. The third term is devoted to the Research Project, usually taken in the Summer of the first year, meaning that students usually complete their program within one calendar year. If the research project is not completed in this time, students must register for additional sessions as needed. All degree requirements must be completed within a maximum of three years of the date of first registration.

Research Project (15 credits)
The non-thesis option requires a substantial supervised research project during the third term of registration, a 15,000-word paper, assessed by the supervisor on a pass-fail basis, and typically completed in the Summer.
CMPL 655 Research Project 1 (15 credits)

Required Courses (9 credits)
CMPL 610 Legal Research Methodology (3 credits)
ENVR 615 Interdisciplinary Approach Environment and Sustainability (3 credits)
LAWG 601 Communication 1 (1.5 credits)
LAWG 602 Communication 2 (1.5 credits)

Complementary Courses (21 credits)
12-15 credits chosen from:
CMPL 500 Aboriginal Peoples and the Law (3 credits)
CMPL 546 International Environmental Law and Politics (3 credits)
CMPL 580 Environment and the Law (3 credits)
and/or other Faculty of Law offerings at the 500 level or higher.

3-6 credits chosen from:
ENVR 610 Foundations of Environmental Policy (3 credits)
ENVR 614 Mobilizing Research for Sustainability (3 credits)

0-3 credits chosen from:
ENVR 585 Readings in Environment 2 (3 credits)
ENVR 630 Civilization and Environment (3 credits)
ENVR 680 Topics in Environment 4 (3 credits)
or 3 credits at the 500 level or higher recommended by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Environment Option Committee.


Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Experimental Medicine (Thesis): Environment option

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

Program Requirements
The M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine (thesis) - Environment Option is a research program offered in collaboration with the School of Environment. As a complement to the unit’s expertise, the program considers how various dimensions (scientific, social, legal, ethical) interact to define environment and sustainability issues. The Environment Option is aimed at students who wish to use interdisciplinary approaches in their graduate research on environmental issues, and who wish to benefit from interactions that will occur as they are brought into contact with students from a wide range of disciplines through structured courses, formal seminars, and informal discussions and networking. The graduate option in Environment provides students with an appreciation for the role of science in informed decision-making in the environmental sector, and its influence on political, socio-economic, and ethical judgments.

Thesis Courses (27 credits)
EXMD 690 Master's Thesis Research 1 (3 credits)
EXMD 693 Master's Thesis Research 4 (12 credits)
EXMD 694 Master's Thesis Research 5 (12 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)
ENVR 615 Interdisciplinary Approach Environment and Sustainability (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (15 credits)
3-6 credits from:
ENVR 610 Foundations of Environmental Policy (3 credits)
ENVR 614 Mobilizing Research for Sustainability (3 credits)

0-3 credits from:
ENVR 585 Readings in Environment 2 (3 credits)
ENVR 630 Civilization and Environment (3 credits)
ENVR 680 Topics in Environment 4 (3 credits)
or 3 credits at the 500 level or higher recommended by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Environment Option Committee.

9 credits of courses at the 500-level or higher. Course choices should be made in consultation with research supervisor(s). Courses may be taken outside the department at the 500 level or higher in medical and allied sciences*.
* Students must get approval of GPD for courses at the 500 level or higher from other Allied Health Sciences.


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