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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

Sustainable Environmental Managment

The Master's of Sustainable Environmental Management (M.SEM.) is interdisciplinary in both learning and research. It emphasizes 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. 

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

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.

International students must provide proof of English proficiency

APPLICATION DEADLINES

MSEM - Full application packages should be submitted by January 15 for a September start. 

 

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 and submit their application by January 15

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 

 For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.SEM. +

The Master of Sustainable Environmental Management program provides students with the skills to become successful environmental practitioners. In an intensive, one-year program, students engage in courses that include hands-on learning opportunities while developing project management skills by working in partnership with a public, private, research or non-profit partner. The MSEM degree prepares graduates to evaluate sustainability challenges and develop solutions by measuring and understanding the way human and natural systems interact. Graduates from this program have found jobs in the public, private and non-profit sectors, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the degree program.

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.