About Program Admission Requirements

The Ecosystem Management program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and the School of Environment and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming College, allowing you to combine your university education with specialized, college-based training.

Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES) degree from York University and an Advanced Diploma in Ecosystem Management Technology from Fleming College in just 5 years!

Program Highlights

An ecosystem is a community of plants and animals (including humans) and their physical environment, functioning together as an interdependent unit. Ecosystems can range in size from as small as a pond to as large as a watershed or mountain range or desert. An ecosystem is dynamic and ever changing: every instant, every day, every season, every year. The approach to the study of ecosystems is based on whole ecosystem function, rather than on single elements or species in isolation.

The objectives of ecosystem management blend long-term needs of people and environmental values so the land will support diverse, productive ecosystems and sustainable ecosystem processes. Some key concepts in York's ecosystem management program are:

  • conservation
  • ecological restoration
  • park management
  • wetland rehabilitation

Who can take it?

You are eligible for the joint program in Ecosystem Management:

  1. As a current YorkU student, after successful completion of three years in the Bachelor in Environmental Studies Honours program at York University (2 additional years of study), OR
  2. After successful completion OR while in your final year of the Advanced Diploma in Ecosystem Management Technology at Fleming College (2 additional years of study), OR
  3. As a direct applicant (5 additional years of study)

How to apply

You can apply to the program in one of two ways:

  1. If you began your Bachelor in Environmental Studies program at York University, please contact the Faculty of Environmental Studies' Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at osasinfo@yorku.ca.
  2. If you began your Advanced Diploma in Ecosystem Management Technology at Fleming College, apply to the Dual Credential program in Ecosystem Management through York University or the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre in the final year of your diploma program
  3. If you have not studied in either program above, apply to the Joint Program in Urban Sustainability through York University or the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.