Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication


Program Description


The Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication program will empower you and give you the depth and insight to lead and motivate others in developing a sustainable, environmentally sound society.

Blended Delivery Model

Online Learning

The majority of this program is experienced through online learning. Online courses enable you to meet the demands of work and family while studying. Using our web-based learning platform, you will access your reading materials, complete individual and group assignments, and engage with the rest of your classmates and instructors; online from anywhere. Each online course varies, with breaks between courses.

On-campus Residency

During the course of your two-year program, you will attend two, three week on-campus residencies and one, two-week on-campus residency. Here you’ll interact face-to-face with your instructors, cohort, and team. You’ll have set class hours as well as homework and meetings outside of class hours, making this an intensive and rewarding time.

Who It’s For

The MA in Environmental Education and Communication is for those interested in how education and communication can help develop environmentally sustainable social and economic systems. Learning how we can educate and communicate to engage those in our workplaces, communities, and nations towards such a goal involve all sectors of society– agriculture, health, governance, media, business, architecture, community development, science, education, recreation and more.

Our program is designed for those who wish to widen their perspective on environmental and related social issues, deepen their understanding of those areas essential to a skilled educator and/or communicator, explore different ways of understanding the causes of our current unsustainable society, and develop attributes essential to effective leadership.

Participants seek opportunities to learn with others from diverse backgrounds, to engage in core classes, co-operative projects, team planning, and group discussions to reach a better understanding of the language, expertise, and concerns of a wide range of education and communication professionals.

Students are typically professionals with bachelor's degrees and at least two years' experience working or interest in environmental education and communication.

Graduates of the program have gone on to advance in a variety of fields, from creating schools within the public and private education systems, to leading communications sections within major national and international non-profit organizations, to advising senior government ministers and Premiers, to gaining their PhD degrees with one alumni recently taking on a professorial position in a North American university.



Graduates will return to their career with a range of theoretical knowledge and analytical and communications skills and competencies. Graduates have the skills and knowledge to develop and implement innovative programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with science-based information, psychologically-sound strategies, and culturally-appropriate, philosophically-nuanced and educationally-sophisticated approaches to current environmental issues.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop and implement programs to provide students, clients and other audiences with up-to-date, reputable scientific and technological information, as well as traditional knowledge, about current environmental issues and opportunities
  • Apply the best current knowledge of learning and cognition to the design, development, and implementation of programs about environmental education and communication
  • Design, develop and implement environmental communications and education programs using a range of formats and incorporating relevant current technologies and media
  • Evaluate the status of public information and prior knowledge concerning environmental values, issues, and opportunities
  • Possess a sophisticated awareness of the range of perspectives (e.g., attitudes, beliefs, values) towards the environment and human activity in the environment
  • Evaluate environmental information and education programs
  • Develop and implement strategies to foster conflict resolution, constructive dialogue and community knowledge construction concerning environmental issues
  • Develop approaches to nurture effective and responsible environmental actions on the part of corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizations and citizens' coalitions
  • Provide up to date information about innovations in environmental communication and education
  • Possess a sophisticated awareness of the nature of contemporary human-environment issues and their implications for education and communications programs
  • Develop a systems perspective on problems in environmental education and communications
  • Develop an understanding of environmental education and communication functions within organizational contexts.
Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning - 55 years as a m ... Read More

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning - 55 years as a military college and 20 years as a public applied research university. Read less