Environmental Studies

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With 50 years of experience in graduate education and a profound commitment to environmental and social justice, the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies contributes to solving some of the most pressing socio-environmental issues of our times. The Faculty of Environmental Studies has long recognized the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to understanding complex local and global problems. The Faculty prides itself on an interdisciplinary research approach to intertwined social, cultural, ecological, economic and political issues. The Faculty of Environmental Studies has developed master’s and PhD programs offering the opportunity to examine a wide-range of issues within a dynamic, flexible and supportive structure. These qualities allow graduate students to bring their own interests to the program, where passions are nourished and encouraged with the guidance of dedicated faculty members and support personnel.
Anything involving an environment can be studied in our graduate programs. Examples of past students' research topics include:
•    rethinking climate change policy
•    ecocultural studies
•    democratizing the global city
•    children's environmental education programs in zoos
•    community-based renewable energy development
•    imagining city building for social change
•    theorizing the socioeconomic rights of poor single mothers in Canada
•    the evolution of corporate social responsibility

 

Stream and Specializations

MES Planning Program
Follow MES course requirements that grant you professional certification through the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

Joint MES/JD
Focus your studies on law and the environment through this program, the only one of its kind in Canada, offered jointly through the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School. more >>

Diploma in Business and the Environment
This joint diploma, offered through the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Schulich School of Business, allows you to focus your studies on sustainable business practices while working on your MES or MBA.

Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education
This diploma is offered jointly by the graduate programs in Education and Environmental Studies. It is designed to provide opportunities for educators in schools, community organizations, cultural institutions and advocacy groups to develop expertise and to participate in research, theory and practice in the field of environmental and sustainability education. The diploma is offered to two groups of students:

  • those already enrolled in an Environmental Studies or Education graduate programs; or
  • those not studying for the MES/MEd degree but interested in the diploma alone. Offered through the Faculty of Education only.

Degrees Offered

MES

2 year(s)
  • Personal plan of study AND Research Paper OR Project OR Portfolio OR Thesis
B+
  • Full-time
2020-02-15
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB

PhD

4 year(s)
  • Personal program plan
  • AND Comprehensive examination(s)
  • AND Dissertation
B+
  • Full-time
2020-01-15
Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB

Additional Admission Requirements

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • 3 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

  • MES
    • Statement of educational and career objectives (500 words)
    • Resumé/CV
    • If you do not meet the minimum requirements: you may still be considered for admission if you have an extensive background in the area you wish to study, including significant writing and analytical experience.
    • See complete MES application instructions on the program website.
  • PhD
    • Writing sample
    • Description of intended area of research (1,000 words)
    • Resumé/CV
    • See complete PhD application instructions on the program website.



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