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School of Graduate Studies

Master of Bioenvironmental Monitoring & Assessment M.BEMA

Gain a foundational understanding of the principles, technical aspects and human dimensions of environmental monitoring and assessment.

As part of these online professional programs, gain professional skills and practical experience. This combination is attractive to organizations that require deeper understanding of specialized monitoring and assessment issues, including all levels of government, conservation authorities, non-profit organizations and environmental consulting companies. 

Complete the first professional masters degree in environmental sciences at Trent and be poised for success in the competitive environmental employment sector. As part of this full-time 12-month professional degree, you will complete eight online courses as well as a four-month placement experience. This placement will take place with environmental sector partners and be followed by a mandatory week-long face-to-face capstone session.

Program Options 

  • M.BEMA or Graduate Diploma (G. Dip in BEMA)
  • Full- or part-time studies
  • Online course-based program, with placement in M.BEMA only
  • M.BEMA is 12 months, Graduate Diploma is 8 months to complete

Core Courses

  • Principles of Environmental Monitoring & Assessment I & II
  • Current topics in Environmental Monitoring & Assessment
  • Sampling Design for Environmental Research
  • Data Analysis for Environmental Professionals
  • Science Communication for Environmental Professionals
  • Placement & Capstone course

Elective Courses

  • Geomatics I & II
  • Environmental Policy
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Genome-based Environmental Monitoring
  • Population Viability Analysis
  • Landscape Genetics Lab (even-year winter terms only)

**Note:  Elective choices may vary by year**

Online Course Samples

​Admission Requirements 

  • To be considered for admission, applicants will normally have completed a B.Sc. honours degree (a four year undergraduate bachelor's degree) from a recognized university
  • Minimum B+ (77%) or equivalent in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years (last ten full credits)

Required Documents

Official Transcripts

Submit one official copy for all post secondary education institutions, including incomplete studies/programs, transfer courses, letter of permission and exchanges. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received by Trent University in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, or received from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. Trent students do not need to order Trent University transcripts. The School of Graduate Studies will obtain your Trent University transcripts for your application free of charge.

Two Letters of Reference

Academic references are preferred; however, professional references will be accepted. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting.  The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.

Proof of Citizenship

(ie. copy of passport or birth certificate)

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. It Is required for applicants to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants who completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the USA are exempt from this requirement. If you have completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university where the primary language of instruction is English, the School of Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency.

For detailed information about English Language Proficiency requirements, see International Applications

Applicants must make their own arrangements for taking language tests and having the results sent to the School of Graduate Studies in time to meet application deadlines by contacting the centre in their locale or by writing to one of the above.

Personal Statement

Typically 1-2 pages, detailing the applicant's interest and experience in the subject area. Please indicate in the subject line of your email: student name and BEMA. Email to: graduate@trentu.ca .

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