Environmental Studies: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization offered by the School of the Environment must first apply to and be accepted into a master's program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home department or home unit. Information about applying to a home graduate unit can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website and on the respective degree-granting unit's website.

  • Prospective students who are planning to enrol in the ES Collaborative Specialization are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the Sc​hool of the Environment website by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the respective home department. Applicants should contact the home department to which they intend to apply in order to confirm its application deadline. The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in its ES Collaborative Specialization beyond the deadline set by their home department, provided that students will be able to complete the ES Collaborative Specialization requirements by the time they are ready to graduate from their degree program.

Specialization Requirements

  • The requirements listed below must be completed in combination with the master's degree program requirements of the student’s respective home department. These are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home graduate unit. Typically, students complete up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and conduct research on an environmental topic. Please note that requirements in some participating programs vary slightly. Therefore, students are encouraged to check the calendar entries for their respective home department degree programs. The School of the Environment also offers students in the non-thesis master's degree stream the opportunity to complete an internship in fulfilment of the Collaborative Specialization requirements, unless they have an internship component built into their degree program. Specific Collaborative Specialization requirements for each participating degree program are listed on the Sc​hool of the Environment website under the Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization.

Master's Degrees Coursework Option

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE).

  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School's list of approved courses.

  • Complete an environment-related internship of approximately three months full-time employment (ENV 4444Y+; 1.0 FCE), unless students have an internship requirement included in their degree program.

  • Produce a brief research paper on an environment-related topic, which may be related to the internship experience (ENV 5555Y+; 1.0 FCE), unless students have a research paper requirement included in their degree program.

Note: For a complete and most up-to-date list of ES Collaborative Specialization requirements by each participating degree program for master's students in the coursework option, please visit the School of the Environment website and click on the home graduate unit or degree program.

Master's Degrees Thesis Option

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE).

  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School's list of approved courses.

  • Write a thesis in the home graduate unit on an environment-related topic.

Note: For a complete and most up-to-date list of ES Collaborative Specialization requirements by each participating degree program for master's students in the thesis option, please visit the School of the Environment website and click on the home graduate unit or degree program.