Resource and Environmental Management
The master of resource management (planning) program is distinctive in Canada because of its focus on the policy, economic, and environmental science aspects of natural resource and environmental planning. The program is accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Planning Institute of British Columbia. An MRM (Planning) graduate is eligible for candidate membership to become a certified professional planner and may enjoy improved employment prospects, conference and workshop participation, and access to professional development programs.
Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Those with degree qualifications in fields not directly related but with extensive experience in resource management are encouraged to apply.
Applicants will vary in their preparation for the various disciplines in the school. Students must be familiar with the material covered in an undergraduate course in parametric and non-parametric statistics. Detailed application information, including the application deadline, can be found on the department's website.
This program consists of required courses, an elective course, and a research project for a minimum of 57 units.
Students complete the following courses
A professional planning seminar covering planning practice and planning ethics. This course includes an internship requirement. Prerequisite: Eight REM courses or permission of instructor.
A review of population, community, and ecosystem ecology; implications of these areas for methods of resource management and environmental assessment. Equivalent Courses: MRM611.
Introduction to economic concepts for management of the environment and specific natural resources. Key issues are definitions of sustainability, the substitution capability between human-made and natural capital, and the appropriate application of economics to sustainable development analysis and policies. Equivalent Courses: MRM621 MRM662.
Reviews how climate change is impacting multiple facets of earth system (e.g atmosphere, oceans, and freshwater systems). Examines challenges faced by environmental managers as they attempt to mitigate or adapt to these changes.
A practical introduction to the legal system that governs the use and protection of natural resources and the environment in Canada. The course also includes an overview of the law that governs land use planning in British Columbia. Prerequisite: Enrollment in a REM graduate program or permission of the department. Students with credit for MRM 641 may not take this course for further credit.
Theory and techniques of regional analysis; planning models and their application to key resource sectors. Equivalent Courses: MRM642.
This course examines theoretical aspects of conflict and dispute resolution in natural resource management settings and is designed to assist students in understanding the nature of environmental conflict and the role of environmental dispute resolution (EDR) techniques. Equivalent Courses: MRM660 MRM662.
Analysis of methods of policy-making and problem solving with particular emphasis on natural resource issues. Topics include goal setting, problem definition, program scheduling, policy evaluation, policy implementation and public administration. A practical analysis of the structure and processes surrounding major contemporary policy issues. Equivalent Courses: MRM644.
An intensive field course introducing students to the diversity of issues and viewpoints concerning management of natural resources. Problem areas will include forestry, mining, fisheries and wildlife management, energy, recreation and land use planning. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Equivalent Courses: MRM698.
Students will develop skills and insight into the design, implementation and analysis of interdisciplinary research in natural resource and environmental management. This will help prepare students to carry out their own research projects. Students who entered REM during or prior to the Fall 1994 term and who have received credit for any one of MRM 601, 611 or 621 may not take REM 801 for credit. Equivalent Courses: MRM801.
and a minimum of three elective graduate units in consultation with the supervisor
and a research project
A research project dealing with a specific interdisciplinary problem in resource management, administration or allocation. The study must result in the preparation of a formal paper and the presentation of a seminar. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students with credit for MRM 699 may not take this course for further credit.
SFU students accepted in the accelerated master’s within the School of Resource and Environmental Management may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor’s degree, towards the upper division electives of the bachelor’s program and the requirements of the master’s degree. For more information go to: https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply/programs/accelerated-masters.html.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six terms.
In exceptional cases, if a student provides evidence of advanced education that is equivalent to one of the required courses, an exemption may be granted for that course, thereby reducing the number of required courses by one. If a student receives a course exemption, the student is not required to replace the course for which the exemption was received.
The research project must be presented and defended at an oral examination. The project is examined by the supervisory committee and upon successful completion must be submitted to the library.
Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations
All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.