Keyano College Environmental Degree program will not be continued

Posted On Thursday February 25, 2021

Fort McMurray – Mount Royal University (MRU) in consultation with Keyano College have decided not to renew a five-year agreement to offer a Collaborative Bachelor of Science – Environmental Sciences Degree at Keyano College.  The agreement is set to expire on August 31, 2021 and MRU stated in a letter that due to changing academic conditions, budgetary challenges, and weak demand for the program, they proposed not to renew the agreement.


Fred Russell, VP Academic indicated “this program has had very low applications since the beginning in 2017 and the agreement stated for viability we needed to have 10 to 15 student per year. Current enrolments are in the low single digits”.

Despite best efforts by both institutions to find an acceptable path forward, the unfortunate decision not to renew the Collaborative agreement was made. The Collaborative degree had its first Keyano graduates in 2019, and the relationship between our two Institutions has been very cooperative and productive.


Russell went on to say, “we are committed to working with MRU to ensure our third year students are provided viable options and our fourth year students will graduate as planned.”


Dr. Jonathan Withey, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology at Mount Royal University stated, "MRU has valued this partnership with Keyano College, and we look forward to collaborating in the future. Our immediate interest is to ensure the students enrolled in the program receive the support they need to successfully complete their studies."

We will continue to work with MRU and other post-secondary institutions to bring the best collaborative education to Keyano College and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.  Keyano College will continue to offer the Environmental Technology Diploma and the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Program.