Master in Environmental Studies

Master in Environmental Studies

The first of its kind in Canada, our MES program is one of the most diverse and globally renowned graduate programs. Our award winning faculty come from a variety of academic disciplines, including biology, visual arts, economics, and sociology, challenging our students to look beyond the traditional “green environments.” Centered around an individual Plan of Study, you can explore topics relating to natural, built, social, political, and artistic environments while developing your own interests, research, and professional goals.

2 Years of Study

Full Time

Fall Entry

Program Details

Program

  • 2 years of study
  • Full time
  • Fall (September) entry
  • Thesis, Major Research Paper or Major Project/Portfolio options
  • Field Work or Internship options

Tuition Fees

  • Domestic: Approximately $5,600 per year
  • International: Approximately $19,600 per year
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Competitive Funding Available

  • Domestic: Approximately $11,000 per year
  • International: Approximately $20,800 per year
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Sample Careers

  • Urban Planning
  • Environmental Law
  • Community Arts
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Environmental Education
  • Non-Profit
  • Indigenous Affairs

MES Planning Program

Known for its interdisciplinary focus and dedication to studies in environmental and social justice, our Planning program offers graduate students innovative, competitive, and flexible opportunities to think critically about problems and solutions to implement change.

We are proud to have a diverse faculty, a mix of academics and professionals, who conduct research and practice in many different planning fields including urban and regional planning, activism, and food planning. Our program is recognized by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

Planning Program Components

  • Specialized “Planning” component within Plan of Study
  • Declaration to obtain OPPI/CIP recognition in Plan of Study
  • Planning specific program required courses including one Methodology Course
  • Field Experience/Internship in Planning options

You may indicate interest in this program on the Supplemental Information Form within your application.

MES/JD program

The MES/JD program is the only program of its kind in Canada, bringing together one of Canada’s top law schools, Osgoode Hall, with one of its most innovative faculties of Environmental Studies allowing students to complete 2 degrees in 4 years.

Environmental studies and law provide insights into the ways in which humans define, manage and transform their environments. The joint program encourages integration of these two critical fields and prepares students for a range of opportunities in law, environmental affairs, biodiversity conservation, and urban planning.

The program structure is as follow:

Year 1 & Year 2

Fall: MES

Winter: MES

Summer: MES

Fall: JD

Winter: JD

Summer: MES

Year 3 & Year 4

Fall: JD

Winter: JD

Summer: MES

Fall: JD

Winter: JD

Admission
You must complete separate applications to both the MES program and the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School and therefore must meet the admissions requirements for both programs. Please indicate your interest in the joint program on both applications. If you are admitted to both the MES and JD programs, you will automatically be admitted to the Joint program.

You are also able to start in the MES, and apply to the JD program in your first year of study.

Graduate Diplomas

Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment

Offered jointly by the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Erivan K. Haub Program at the Schulich School of Business, this diploma provides the perspectives, critical understanding, tools, skills and recognition for YorkU graduates to become leaders in the field of business and sustainability.

Please note that spaces in this program are limited.

The diploma is open to:

  • Graduate students in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (MES) or graduate students in the Schulich School of Business (MBA)

 

The diploma consists of 4 components:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 courses (6 credits) from approved course list
  • Thesis, major research paper, or major project with a strong business and the environment focus
  • 12 week internship or placement in an organization or agency with a focus on business and the environment

Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education

Offered jointly by the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Faculty of Education, this diploma will allow educators in schools, community organizations, cultural institutions and advocacy groups to develop expertise and participate in research in the field of environmental and sustainability education.

The diploma is open to:

  • Graduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (MES) or the Faculty of Education (MEd)
  • Community members interested in taking the diploma by itself through the Faculty of Education

 

The diploma consists of 3 components:

  • 2 Diploma core courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 courses (6 credits) from approved course list
  • Thesis, major research paper, or major project with a strong business and the environment focus

Admission
You may indicate interest in this program on the Supplemental Information Form within your application

Admissions

Standard Domestic Applicants

  • Minimum Academic Requirements:
    • Honours (4 years) undergraduate degree from an accredited university
    • Minimum B+ GPA over the last two years (or full-time equivalent) of academic study
    • No disciplinary requirement

Non-Standard Domestic Applicants

If you do not meet the academic requirements, you may still be considered for admission to our MES program as a Non-Standard Applicant. You will need to demonstrate that you have an extensive background in the area you wish to study, including significant writing, analytical, and professional experience.

International Applicants

Admission to our program is very limited for international students. To be considered competitive to our program, please ensure that you exceed our minimum requirements. It is unusual for non-standard international applicants to be accepted because of the limited number of spots available. For studies completed outside of Canada, please view our International Credentials Guidelines.

Please note that meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission to our program.
Fall 2018 Deadline: February 14, 2018

Contact Us

Get in touch with our Recruitment and Admissions Team and visit our campus!

fesinfo@yorku.ca

416 736 5252