Admission Requirements

  1. a four-year degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, OR a three-year first cycle undergraduate degree, in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study, from an institution that meets the criteria set forth in the Bologna Declaration, will be acceptable as the equivalent of an undergraduate degree.

  2. a minimum 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. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 86, a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, or another approved test as outlined by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. [Note: These a minimum language proficiency requirements; however, stronger scores are generally expected for successful entry into the M.Ss. program.]

  3. Statement of Intent: Applicants must provide a written Statement of Intent (1000-word maximum) describing why they want to join the program and how their expertise, work and/or volunteer experience make them an ideal candidate for the program. This statement is a key component in adjudicating each applicant’s suitability for the program.

  4. Letters of reference: Applicants will need to provide three letters of reference—either academic or professional letters.

Probationary Admission: Applicants whose qualifications do not meet the minimum requirements or whose academic qualifications are difficult to assess may be admitted on a probationary status to a program. Applicants in this category may be required to take certain preparatory courses to improve their qualifications. In this case they will be required to pay additional fees. The student’s status will be reviewed after a specified amount of academic work is completed. If progress is satisfactory, the Program Director or Graduate Chair may recommend to CGPS that the student be considered fully-qualified. Students who do not achieve the probationary conditions may withdraw voluntarily or failing this, will be required to discontinue. In certain exceptional situations, the academic unit may extend the probationary period with a new set of conditions, agreed to by the student and by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

For more information on language proficiency requirements, see the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Academic Policies.

Degree Requirements

  • GPS 960.0
  • GPS 961.0, if research involves human subjects
  • GPS 962.0, if research involves animal subjects

All M.Ss. students must complete a total of 30 credit units, including 9 credit units of core courses:

Core Courses (9 credit units)

Required Courses:

• ENVS 818.1 
• ENVS 834.2 
• ENVS 850.1
• ENVS 882.2 
• ENVS 884.1 OR ENVS 885.1 
• ENVS 886.2 
• ENVS 990.0

Student must also declare which field of study they will pursue within the M.Ss—Regenerative Sustainability or Energy Security. Students must complete 21 credit units within their chosen field of study.

Regenerative Sustainability (21 credit units)

Students in the Regenerative Sustainability field of study may choose to pursue either a project or course-based program of study. Students must take the following:

  1. 12 credit units of required courses,
  2. a minimum of 3 credit units of electives, and
  3. either a 6-credit unit project OR an additional 6 credit units of electives.

1) Required Courses (12 credit units)

  • ENVS 805.3 
  • ENVS 807.3
  • ENVS 810.1
  • ENVS 851.2 
  • ENVS 853.3 

2) Electives (minimum 3 credit units): students must choose a minimum of 3 cu of course work from the available graduate courses offered in at the time of enrolment—with the possibility of special permission to take courses outside of SENS. All electives much be pre-approved by the Program Director through the completion of a “program of studies”.

3) Project or Additional Electives (6 credit units)

  • ENVS 992.6 
    OR
  • Additional Electives (6 credit units)

Energy Security (21 credit units)

The Energy Security field of study is offered as a project-based program of study. Students must take the following:

  1. 15 credit units of required courses and
  2. a 6-credit unit project.

1) Required Courses (15 credit units)

• ENVS 840.3 
• ENVS 841.3 
• ENVS 842.3 
• ENVS 843.3 
• ENVS 844.3

2) Project (6 credit units)

  • ENVS 992.6