Graduate Research in Resource and Environmental Management

Our graduate school offers internationally recognized Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Resource and Environmental Management, as well as post-doctoral positions. Students can develop their expertise in fisheries science and management through graduate courses and a research project, but because of the interdisciplinary nature of our program, students also get broader training in related topics such as resource economics, simulation modelling and statistics, risk assessment and decision analysis, environmental contaminants, benefit-cost analysis, conflict resolution, co-management, and environmental law. Students can also choose other elective courses. Students and employers have found this interdisciplinary education quite valuable.

Graduate students working on topics in fisheries science and management in the School of Resource and Environmental Management have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, although typically they have backgrounds in biology, environmental science, or engineering. In some cases they have also had work experience in government management agencies or environmental consulting firms. For those who do not have such experience, an optional Cooperative Education Program enables eligible REM students to work in a management agency, crown corporation, or private firm before they graduate.

Resource and Environmental Management Master’s Program

While REM’s Master’s program involves many courses, the research project is expected to be as high quality as a standard Master’s thesis in a single-discipline department. REM’s Master’s research projects are simply smaller in scope. Nevertheless, the local, national, and international awards given to REM graduate students in fisheries reflect the high quality of research that can be done in these research projects.

Click here for our Master’s Research Project Handbook.

Resource and Environmental Management Ph.D. Program

REM’s Ph.D. program enables students to pursue research for their thesis that focuses on a subject area such as fish population dynamics, while adding a research component from another discipline such as economics or policy analysis. The Ph.D. program also requires a comprehensive exam, which is a comprehensive paper that a student writes over a period of several months that integrates various aspects of (1) environmental sciences, (2) policy and planning, and (3) resource and environmental economics. Topics for these integrative papers are designed to be relevant to the student’s research topic.

Click here for our Ph.D. Policies and Procedures Handbook.