Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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 are minimum language proficiency requirements; however, stronger scores are generally expected for successful entry into the program.]
  • A completed online application, the application fee, and all supporting application documents including:
    • 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.
    • Letters of reference: Applicants will need to provide three letters of reference—either academic or professional letters.  In their letters of reference, all referees should speak to the applicant’s ability for success in a graduate program.
  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae: Applicants must include all post-secondary education, work
    experiences, and any publications, presentations, and awards.

Probationary Admission: Applicants whose qualifications do not meet the minimum requirements listed above or whose academic qualifications are difficult to assess may be admitted on a probationary status to the program. Applicants in this category may, in some situations, be required to take one or more preparatory courses to improve their qualifications. In this case, they will be required to pay additional fees. The student’s probationary status will be reviewed after a specified amount of academic work is completed. If progress is satisfactory, the Program Director or Graduate Chair will 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 CGPS.

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.

Regenerative Sustainability

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) Required Courses (12 credit units)

  • ENVS 807.3
  • ENVS 839.3
  • ENVS 852.3 
  • ENVS 853.3 
  • ENVS 990.0

2) Electives (minimum 12 credit units): students must choose a minimum of 12 cu of course work from the available graduate courses offered in any given year—with the possibility of special permission to take courses outside of SENS. All electives must be pre-approved by the Program Director.

3) Project or Additional Electives (6 credit units)

  • ENVS 992.6 
  • Additional Electives (6 credit units)

Energy Security

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

1) Required Energy Security Courses (30 credit units)

  • ENVS 839.3
  • ENVS 840.3 
  • ENVS 841.3 
  • ENVS 842.3 
  • ENVS 843.3 
  • ENVS 844.3
  • ENVS 845.3
  • ENVS 846.3
  • ENVS 847.3
  • ENVS 848.3