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School of Environment & Sustainability

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Graduate Chair: Markus Hecker

Graduate Secretary: Irene Schwalm

Phone: (306) 966-1985

School of Environment and Sustainability
University of Saskatchewan
Room 323, Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5C8

"I credit the MSEM program in providing an excellent base from which to build a meaningful career in the environmental management field. It provided me with the management skills I needed to succeed and a deeper understanding of sustainability as a whole."

Jesse Woodward
MSEM graduate, Markets Director, East Kootenay EcoSociety

“Working alongside students and faculty in fields other than my own strengthened my work, taught me to understand sustainability in a more holistic way, and helped me find my way as an emerging environmental practitioner.” 

Shannon Dyck 
MES graduate, environmental coordinator, City of Saskatoon

“With a background in biology and political science, I don’t really fit into a discipline. I like the idea of looking at the environment from an interdisciplinary stance. It’s rare to find a program that has both.” 

Colleen George 
PhD candidate

“The teaching style is one that forces student to think beyond their disciplinary boundaries. We deliberately make them feel uncomfortable. They can expect to be challenged and have their eyes opened to new ways of thinking.” 

Tim Jardine 
SENS assistant professor

Environment & Sustainability

Students are challenged to think outside the boundaries of traditional disciplinary programs to address environmental and sustainability challenges with regional, national, and international significance. These programs expose graduate students to a variety of unique environmental learning and research experiences, and help nurture students to become critical thinkers capable of addressing pressing challenges associated with environmental change and sustainability. 

Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES)

The MES is a thesis-based program that provides students with the opportunities and skills to advance their understanding of sustainability challenges in today’s world. Education in complex problem-solving and the foundations of sustainability prepares students to play a significant role in knowledge generation, translation and decision-making. Students can explore the meaning of interdisciplinary research by considering a wide range of scientific, technical, political, social, economic and institutional factors that shape environmental and sustainability problems, their management and their potential solution.

PhD in Environment and Sustainability

This dissertation-based degree is for students who want an advanced education in researching 21st century sustainability challenges. Our PhD students attain a deep understanding of sustainability concepts while designing and implementing their own original research. These interdisciplinary scholars demonstrate excellence in their fields of study and are ready to become leaders in academia, industry, non-profit organizations and the public sector.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Complete the online application and send the following to the Graduate Chair in the School of Environment and Sustainability:

  • Two official copies of your academic transcript(s): photocopies are fine at the time of initial application.
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least one from a professor familiar with your scholarly work.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

International students must provide proof of English proficiency

All candidates must also submit a brief statement of research interest (approximately 1-2 pages in length) that includes:

  • Specific areas of interest that could lead to a thesis or project topic.
  • A description of why the applicant wants to pursue research in the interdisciplinary context of the School of Environment and Sustainability.
  • A description of any employment or study experiences that relate to the research interests described.

Students applying for the Master's of Environment and Sustainability (M.ES.) and Ph.D. programs are encouraged to explore the research expertise of our faculty and contact faculty members directly to inquire about their willingness to act a potential supervisor. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

MES  - Applications accepted anytime, but apply by December 15 for a May or September start. Applications must be submitted by December 15 in order to be considered for scholarship purposes. Applications received after that date will be considered for admission, but may not be considered for scholarship.

PhD - Applications accepted anytime, but apply by December 15 for a May or September start. Applications must be submitted by December 15 in order to be considered for scholarship purposes. Applications received after that date will be considered for admission, but may not be considered for scholarship.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

To be considered for scholarship funding, students must have obtained at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate or graduate study. 

CAREER PATH

SENS is a multifaceted school that integrates diverse academic interests and scholarship. Our alumni are found in sectors and industries as varied as the school itself. Graduates work in Saskatchewan, across Canada and throughout the world promoting sustainability. Our graduates can be found in fields such as:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental education
  • Sustainability planning
  • Conservation and preservation of natural resources
  • Government policy analysis
  • Municipal environmental services
  • Community engagement and communications
  • Environmental assessment and planning
  • Research

M.E.S. +

The Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) program provides students the opportunity to advance their understanding of environment and sustainability, thus preparing them for significant roles in knowledge generation, translation and decision-making. Students can explore the meaning of interdisciplinary research by considering a wide range of scientific, technical, political, social, economic, and institutional factors that shape environmental problems, their management and their potential solutions. 

The MES is a thesis-based program that can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students are required to complete a thesis based on original research. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Undergraduate four-year Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related field of study from a recognized college or university.
  • Minimum scholastic standing of 70% cumulative weighed average in the last 60 credit units or equivalent
  • An ability to pursue advanced study and research and evidence of proficiency in English (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5)

M.S.E.M +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Undergraduate four-year Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related field of study from a recognized college or university.
  • Minimum scholastic standing of 70% cumulative weighed average in the last 60 credit units or equivalent
  • An ability to pursue advanced study and research and evidence of proficiency in English (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5)

Ph.D. +

The Ph.D. in Environment and Sustainability program trains interdisciplinary scholars for leadership roles in advancing the understanding and practice of environmental issues and sustainability. Doctoral students will participate in critical appraisal, research analysis and synthesis, and knowledge generation and translation. 

Students in the doctoral program will be encouraged by faculty to explore the full meaning of interdisciplinary research and to develop an in-depth knowledge of a substantive area related to environment and sustainability. The program offers doctoral students the opportunity to participate in and lead original research. 

This program can be completed in three years of full-time study. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Master's degree, or, equivalent, from a recognized university, in an area related to environment and sustainability, with a minimum scholastic standing of 70%
  • The ability to pursue advanced study and research and evidence of proficiency in English (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5)