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School of Environment & Sustainability


University Catalogue


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

“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.” 

Al Scholz 
MSEM student 

“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.” 

Åsa Almstedt 
MES graduate

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. 


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


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



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


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.

M.SEM. +

The Master of Sustainable Environmental Management program is a course-based, professional-style program, that provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment for those seeking to advance their applied knowledge and technical skills. Students wishing to enter this program may come from backgrounds such as the natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities, education, engineering, law, and business. 

Research projects are identified or defined in consultation with the graduate chair and the MSEM coordinator, and can take a variety of forms, including a proposal for policy change, a case study, an evaluation of a management practice or system, or a modeling exercise. 

The MSEM program can be completed in one year of full-time study.