Master of Science in Resource Management and Environmental Studies (MSc)

Quick Facts

Master of Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Resource Management and Environmental Studies
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty of Science


The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research institute and graduate program, with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability. Our mission is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning about the linkages among human and natural systems, and to support decision making from local to global scales. More often than not, we achieve this through collaborations across students and faculty in a manner that recognizes our collective skills, intellectual histories and methodological approaches, and yet encourages our interdependencies as we consider real world problems.

RMES provides a home for graduate students focusing on the integration of the biophysical (ecological), socio-economic, and political realities of resource management within the context of a sustainable, healthy environment.



Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$98.25$159.00
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,538.45$2,702.80
Tuition per year$4,615.35$8,108.40
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$857.00 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $13,561.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations76353
Total enrolment1616131212

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 91% based on 22 students admitted between 2005 - 2008. Based on 17 graduations between 2011 - 2014 the minimum time to completion is 1.99 years and the maximum time is 4.00 years with an average of 2.60 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 19 May 2015]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 19 Feb 2015].

Further Program Information


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September 2016 Intake

Application Open Date
07 September 2015
Canadian/US Student Deadline
18 January 2016
International Student Deadline
18 January 2016

Program Information

Application Enquiries
Mailing Address
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory
The University of British Columbia
430 - 2202 Main Mall
British Columbia, V6T 1Z4

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