IntroductionLand and water are essential resources required to sustain:
- human needs for food security and all forms of usable energy,
- healthy and productive ecosystems,
- and thus, LIFE!
Degree RequirementsPre-requisities: 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. The MLWS program is offered on a full time or part time basis. Full time students will normally begin in September and complete their program at the end of August in the following year, thus completing the degree in 12 months of intensive study. The full time option is encouraged. Part time students can proceed at their own pace, except that they must complete, as a minimum, two academic terms at UBC Vancouver campus. Please review Tuition information below to clarify the costs for these two options. Each student will be required to register for SOIL 548 (6 credits) and complete a “major project”. This 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.
Required courses (21 credits)*If you have any questions, email Julie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- SOIL 510 (3) Land and Water Seminar Series (Term 1 & 2)
- SOIL 550 (3) Professional Communication Strategies (Term 2)
- SOIL 501 (3) Advanced Soil Processes (Term 1)
- SOIL 515 (3) Integrated Watershed Management (Online, Term 1)
- FRE 302 (3) Small Business Management (Term 1)
- SOIL 548 (6) Major Project (REQUIRED GRADUATING PROJECT)
Elective courses (12 credits)*Note: Not all elective courses listed below are offered every academic year. We try to keep our website up to date, but double check the UBC Course Calendar to see if the course is offered during the duration of your program. Check that you have course prerequisites or equivalents.
- SOIL 502 (3) Advanced Sustainable Soil Management (Term 2)
- SOIL 503 (3) Advanced Field and Laboratory Methods in Soil Science (Not offered 2016/17)
- SOIL 514A (3) Biometeorology (Term 2)
- SOIL 516 (3) Urban Watershed Management (Online, Term 1)
- SOIL 518 (3) Water in International Development (Online, Term 2)
- SOIL 520 (3) Agricultural Watershed Management (Online, Term 2)
- EOSC 329 (3) Groundwater Hydrology (Term 1)
- EOSC 330 (3) Principles of Geomorphology (Term 1)
- EOSC 474 (3) Marine Pollution (Term 1)
- EOSC 429 (3) Groundwater Contamination (Term 1)
- EOSC 533 (3) Advanced Groundwater Hydrology (Term 1)
- FRE 385 (3) Quantitative Methods for Business and Resource Management (Term 2)
- FRE 503 (3) Policy Analysis for Food, Environment and Resources (Not offered 2016/17)
- APBI 444 (3) Agroforestry (Term 2)
- FRST 495 (3) Biological Diversity and Forest Management (Term 2)
- CONS 504C (3) Direct Study in Forest Sciences – Ecological Restoration (Term 2)
- FRST 523 (3) Forest and Environmental Policy (Term 1)
- FRST 551 (3) Landscape Planning for Sustainability (Term 2)
- FRST 588 (3) Fluvial Ecohydrology (Not offered 2016/17)
- CONS 495 (3) Principles of Managing Problem Wildlife in Forests & Agricultural Environments (Term 2)
- GEOB 370 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Science (Term 1)
- GEOB 373 (3) Introductory Remote Sensing (Term 2)
- GEOB 401 (3) Urban Meteorology (Term 2)
- GEOB 405 (3) Fluvial Geomorphology (Term 2)
- GEOB 407 (3) Vegetation Dynamics: Disturbance, Climate and Human Impacts (Term 2)
- RES 500T (3) Global Food Security and Sustainability (Term 2)
- RES 520 (3) Climate Change: Science, Technology & Sustainable Development (Term 1)
- Professional Agrologist (BC Institute of Agrologists)
- Professional Biologist (College of Applied Biology BC)
- Registered Professional Forester (Association of BC Forest Professionals)
- Professional Engineer and/or Geoscientist (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC)
- Contaminated Sites Approved Professional (Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals of BC)
- Landscape Architect (BC Society of Landscape Architects)
- Registered Professional Planner (Planning Institute of BC)
- Architect (Architectural Institute of BC)
TuitionBased on the costs to deliver this new program, the tuition levels for the MLWS degree program in the 2016/17 academic year are:
- $18,971.22 plus student fees for domestic students (permanent residents and Canadian citizens) and
- $31,025.01 plus student fees for international students
The tuition levels for the MLWS degree apply to the 12-month period (from the beginning of September to the end of August) required to complete the degree. During this period, it is expected that students will complete the 33 credits of required course work. Tuition levels do not vary with the number of credits taken.
Tuition fees and student fees are divided into 3 installments due in September, January and May. The domestic and international tuition fees for the next academic year are forthcoming. For students who become ill and request a leave or are required to leave for a term (or two), the regular domestic and international graduate student On-leave fee will apply.
Continuing Tuition (after the first 12 months)Although the MLWS program has been designed to be completed in one 12-month period, there may be cases where students need to take courses in a subsequent Academic Year in order to complete the requirements for the degree. These students will continue to pay regular tuition installments as outlined above due in September, January and May.
Scholarships and Awards
- MasterCard Foundation Scholarship: Full scholarships are available for academically promising graduate students from Sub-Saharan African countries (i.e., Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, etc.). Please note that submissions for the 2017/18 academic year are now closed. Download application form here.
- Canadian Water Resources Association Scholarships: The CWRA annually offers five scholarships awarded to graduate students whose programs of study focus on applied, natural, or social science aspects of water resources. The scholarships range from $1500 to $5000. The next deadline for application is January 30, 2017.
- Scholarships and Housing Available at Green College: Green College is a graduate residence on the UBC campus, with a mandate to promote exchange between academic disciplines at the graduate and postdoctoral levels. Students may apply for residence at the College at any stage of their UBC academic career and, on admission, sign standard UBC 12-month housing contracts. Applicants for admission to Green College who will be beginning their UBC degree programs in 2016-17 will automatically be considered for graduate entrance scholarships. There is a separate application process for those wishing to become resident members of the College.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Graduate Awards
MLWS Learning ObjectivesUpon successful completion of the program, graduates will:
- Have the necessary background and analytical skills to address the issues related to land and water systems based on an understanding of the integration of the ecological, carbon (energy), hydrological and pedological cycles and the impacts of human activity.
- Obtain proficiency in developing analytical frameworks for the identification, articulation and analysis of land and water resource issues and concerns.
- Develop skills to develop, apply, evaluate, and adapt alternate practices through scenario frameworks.
- Develop professional communication skills.