Environmental Studies: Nature-Based Recreation & Tourism

 This program is not accepting applications at this time.

The Master of Environmental Studies (MES) in Nature-Based Recreation and Tourism with the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (ORPT) is an interdisciplinary degree that has its roots in social sciences such as leisure studies, human geography, sociology, psychology, and anthropology as well as in the professional areas of tourism, community development, resource management, parks and protected areas, and forestry.

The degree focuses on the development of research skills and knowledge in policy and planning, and recreation and tourism behaviour.

The master's program covers the following areas of content:

  • Recreation and Tourism Behaviour: which focuses on the individuals and groups whose participation in recreation and tourism activities occur in natural settings such as parks, conservation areas, and Crown Lands
  • Policy, Planning, and Management: which concerns issues such as social and economic impact assessment, market research and analysis, cost-benefit analysis and planning methodologies that support an integrated form of ecosystem management and a philosophy as sustainability

For a list of current and developing research by faculty, staff and MES graduate students, please visit the program website.

NOTE: Students in this program must complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous registration.


Admission Requirements for Masters

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for Master programs, the following requirements also apply:

  • Prospective students should have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in Recreation or Tourism studies; however, students with a four-year undergraduate degree in the social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Political Science, Human Geography) or other disciplines such as Forestry, Environmental Studies or Planning, will also be considered for admission. Prospective students who possess a four-year undergraduate degree in natural science (e.g. Ecology, Biology) and who have been working in agencies with responsibilities for environmental or ecosystem management may also be deemed appropriate candidates for admission
Additional Application Information
Statement of Research Interest
  • The statement should provide the committee with some indication of the applicant's proposed research project, and/or research interests areas. The statement should be one page in length; single spaced, and typed using a 12 point font
How to Apply: 

Required Application Documents

Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, your are encouraged to apply by FEBRUARY 1.

Supervisor Information

Interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

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After you have applied 

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)
Next Steps: 

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