TRU introduces two new graduate degrees

Thompson Rivers University is adding two new graduate degrees slated to start in September 2017

  • Jun. 3, 2016 6:00 a.m.

By Cam Fortems

Kamloops This Week

Thompson Rivers University is adding two new graduate degrees that are slated to start in September 2017.

B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education recently approved the master of science in environmental economics management and the master of environmental economics.

While TRU is focused predominately on undergraduate degree programs, the new graduate offerings will join programs in nursing, education, business and environmental science.

Mike Henry, the university’s dean in the school of business and economics, said the new master’s degrees take advantage of expertise among faculty.

The degree in environmental economics management — course-based rather than research-based — will be tailored to professionals at corporations or government already working in the field and looking to improve management expertise.

“We’re a resource-based economy . . . We all want to see our resources managed in a sustainable way,” Henry said.

The master of environmental economics is designed to appeal to a wider group that includes undergraduates in business, science and arts.

“There are programs in environmental economics and MBAs are very common,” Henry said. “To have a master’s in environmental economics and management is very unique.”

As with law and graduate degrees in education and health, the new programs will be self-funded, meaning there is no provincial subsidy for tuition.

Henry said rates are not yet set.

“It’s going to be cost-recovery,” he said.