School of Environment & Sustainability
Graduate Chair: Dr. Ken Belcher
Graduate Secretary: Irene Schwalm
Phone: (306) 966-1985School of Environment and SustainabilityUniversity of SaskatchewanRoom 323, Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5C8
“As a professional in mid-career who is returning for a graduate degree, the school provides a unique interdisciplinary setting for intense study of the core economic, social and environmental issues facing the global community. The school is a bold move by the University of Saskatchewan to train and prepare a new generation of leaders for a future economy that must be very different from today.”
“The interdisciplinary approach to the MES program gives me a unique opportunity to acquire knowledge concerning environmental issues and sustainability from a broad field of courses, and also to apply this knowledge in my thesis-based research project. The mixture of science and social science provides me with valuable insights that together with the research project make me well-prepared to address issues of societal importance in a diverse range of fields.”
Environment & Sustainability
Programs in Environment and Sustainability are interdisciplinary in both learning and research. They emphasize the complex nature of environmental and sustainability challenges, and the need for interdisciplinary understandings across a range of topics.Research explores how and which people and places are most affected by unsustainable practices, how our current policies contribute to (un)sustainability, and how Saskatchewan is placed within a global political economy.
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.
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.
MES - Applications accepted anytime, but apply by February 15 for a May or September start. Applications must be submitted by February 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 February 15 for a May or September start. Applications must be submitted by February 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.
Graduates are prepared for exciting careers in a diverse range of fields such as:
- Environmental management and policy
- Conservation and preservation of natural resources
- Environmental sustainability/sustainable development
- Sustainability planning
- Environmental education
- Environmental impact assessment
- Environmental protection and assessment
- Environmental and ecological research
- Environmental consulting
- Abatement, reclamation or remediation
Within each field, graduate students can find employment as managers, advisors, consultants, researchers in environmental management departments, government agencies, industries, consulting firms, and environmental organizations, or as academics in universities.
For admission and degree requirements, please see the University Catalogue.
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.
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.