Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Land and water are essential resources required to sustain human needs, including food security, maintenance of environmental goods and services, and all forms of useable energy. Managing land and water as an integrated system provides a framework to aid society to achieve the goals of an improved quality of life, a healthy environment and human equity in an era of global climate change and urban expansion.
The goal of the innovative Master of Land and Water Systems program is to offer a professional degree that will serve both practicing resource managers, and recent graduates from cognate undergraduate academic programs, the necessary credentials to address the emerging concerns of land and water resources conservation and management.
The 12-month, professional Master of Land and Water Systems program provides students an opportunity to obtain science-based skills, training and knowledge in the area of Land and Water Systems to address the emerging environmental issues of food security, maintenance of ecological services, restoration of degraded lands, climate change adaptation, and resource conservation.
The MLWS degree includes 33 credits of coursework, consisting of 21 credits of required courses plus 12 credits of electives. Each student will be required to register for LWS 548 (6 credits) and complete a "Major Project".
Critical issues like water pollution, food shortages, and rising temperatures could have a catastrophic effect on our ability to meet basic human needs in the near future. Experts in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) are working on solutions to many of these challenges: we offer five unique professional programs that will provide you with the essential workplace skills needed to address local and global challenges in food science, nutrition, food and resource economics, and the responsible use of the earth’s finite resources.
Join this webinar to hear directly from faculty members and advisors about career pathways, professional development opportunities, and admissions criteria for the LFS professional masters and graduate certificate programs. Read more about our professional programs and sign up for this webinar below.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.
Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
Overall score requirement: 90
Overall score requirement: 6.5
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
The GRE is not required.
Prerequisites: Students must hold a recognized baccalaureate degree (minimum) in science, applied natural science (agriculture/forestry) or engineering. For more information, visit Admission Requirements. The MLWS degree includes 33 credits of coursework consisting of 21 credits of required courses plus 12 credits of electives. Of the 33 credits, 6 credits may be at the 300 – 400 level, and 27 credits must be at the 500 – level or higher.
All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.
A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Many programs require a statement of interest, sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Course-based programs may assign academic advisors to cohorts of students, but usually do not require applicants to reach out to individual professors / faculty members to seek commitment as their supervisor. Please do not contact faculty members if you are applying to this program.
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
The Major Project may be conducted off-campus and will be co-supervised by a recognized professional (for example, a Professional Agrologist, Biologist, Forester, Geoscientist, etc.), and a UBC Faculty member.
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$6,981.90||$12,825.45|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||Not applicable|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$1,052.34 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $17,126.20 (check cost calculator)|
|Deposit to accept offer (if admitted)|
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options.
Organizations may provide their employees with tuition benefits as part of an employment package to support lifelong learning of their workforce.
Professional / course-based programs usually do not provide merit-based funding. Some programs may offer bursaries.
Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans.
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
These statistics show data for the Master of Land and Water Systems (MLWS). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
Land and Water Systems provides graduates with science-based skills, training and knowledge in natural resources and environmental sciences and effective communication alternatives. The program addresses the emerging environmental issues of food security, maintenance of ecological services, restoration of degraded lands, climate change adaptation and resource conservation. Students assess the intersection of resource activities, which includes Urbanization, Mining, Agriculture and Forestry through a land and water lens on a local and global scale.