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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Master of Science in Environmental Science


A program that fills local, regional, provincial, national and international needs for environmental scientists. The program is designed to produce graduates who are innovative researchers and have multi-disciplinary skills and broad knowledge in the field of environmental science. It is structured to be unique, flexible and relevant.


TRU is ideally located to study environmental issues due its proximity to diverse ecosystems. The region rovides rare native grassland ecosystems, freshwater wetlands, lakes and rivers, and a rich diversity of forested ecosystems, all within easy access, as well as mountain and ocean ecosystems within a few hours drive.

Admission Requirements

Selective admission

  1. Identify a thesis supervisor:
    The MSc program is based heavily on students conducting research that will lead to their written thesis. A faculty member at TRU must be interested and willing to supervise, and quite often, fund the research. An applicant is expected to contact and discuss potential supervision before they apply. Applicants will not be admitted into the MSc unless a supervisor has been confirmed. View eligible faculty

  2. Education Requirements:
    • Applicants must be graduates of a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent (in an appropriate discipline), from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.33, in the last 60 credits.
    • Students with a lower GPA may be considered if the applicant can demonstrate significant academic growth and training since their graduation.
    • Successful completion of an introductory statistics course, or ability to show equivalency, prior to application or within the first semester of the program.
  3. Language Requirement:
    Applicants who did not complete their undergraduate degree at an English language university in a country where English is the primary language should have one of the following:
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 570 with a TWE of 4.5 or higher (paper-based test, or minimum score of 88 with no section below 20 (IBT)
    • IELTS of at least 6.5 with no bands below 6.0
    • CAEL of at least 70 with no subtest below 60
    • MELAB of 81+
    • CanTest of 4.5+ with no component score below 4.0
    • completion of TRU ESAL Level 5
    • completion of TRU ENGL 1100 and CMNS1290 or equivalent
  4. Application and Supporting Documentation Requirements:
    • Application for Admission
    • Cover letter of 350 words or less. The cover letter should clearly state why you are pursuing an MSc at TRU. This should include an indication of the type of thesis topic being targeted, i.e. particular field of study, and why a certain faculty member is appropriate for supervision.
    • Attach evidence that a TRU graduate approved faculty member is willing to act as your supervisor (email or signed letter).
    • Personal resume.
    • Attach evidence of language proficiency if your first language is not English.
    • Official copy of educational transcripts for all post-secondary education (in original language and a certified copy in English).
    • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional references). Please use the forms provided in the Application for Admission package. Please note: a proposed supervisor cannot act as a referee; however, they may provide a letter of support, in addition to the required two letters, if they wish to highlight the applicant’s circumstances and/or qualifications.

Note: Applicants will be considered at any time, but there is no guarantee for applications received within 6 weeks of proposed semester start date that they will receive an admission decision with enough time to complete arrangements they may need to begin on-campus studies. Students not accepted or students who did not attend last year, must submit a new online application.


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