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Colleen George, PhD student, investigates environmental governance strategies in a Canadian context.

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, the foundations of sustainability, and research skills 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 solutions.

Doctor of Philosophy in Environment and Sustainability (PhD)  

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.

How to apply

All prospective graduate students apply to the U of S through the College of Graduate Studies and Research. The application process is outlined on the CGSR website and can be accessed here.

The application deadline for the MES and PhD programs is December 15 for scholarship consideration. 

Please contact sens.admissions@usask.ca for more information

What MES and PhD students and alumni are saying 

“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. Her research focuses on investigating environmental governance strategies in a Canadian context. 

MES Admission Requirements
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. See the College of Graduate Studies and Research Academic Information and Policies in this Catalogue for more information
MES Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 994 course.

  • GSR 960.0
  • GSR 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GSR 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • total of 12 credit units including:
    • 6 credit units of core courses, including: ENVS 803.3 and ENVS 807.3
    • 6 credit units of electives (as approved by the faculty advisor)
    • a seminar series in Environment and Sustainability, ENVS 990.0
    • ENVS 994.0
PhD Admission Requirements
  • Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in Master's program)
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. See the College of Graduate Studies and Research Academic Information and Policies in this Catalogue for more information
PhD Degree Requirements

Students must maintain continuous registration in the 996 course.

  • GSR 960.0
  • GSR 961.0 if research involves human subjects
  • GSR 962.0 if research involves animal subjects
  • total of 6 credit units of course work (as approved by the advisory committee)
  • ENVS 809.3
  • minimum 3 credit units of electives
  • ENVS 990.0
  • ENVS 996.0
  • qualifying examination within four months of their first registration
  • comprehensive examination within 24 months of their first registration
  • students who have not previously taken an interdisciplinary master's degree are recommended to take ENVS 801.3 or ENVS 802.3