MES Program Options

MES Planning Program

MES Planning program

Planning students must meet all of the requirements of the MES program as well as the requirements of the Planning Checklist in order to have their degree recognized by the Ontario Professional Institute of Planners and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

For complete details, please refer to the Planning Handbook.

For more information on events, student activities and research, visit FES Planning.

Questions? Planning Program Coordinator

MES/JD Program

MES/JD program

The Master in Environmental Studies/ Juris Doctor program is the first and only program of its kind in Canada, bringing together one of Canada’s top law schools with one of its most innovative environmental studies faculties. Through cutting edge interdisciplinary teaching and research in Law and Environmental Studies, the program provides insight into the ways in which humans define, manage, and transform their environments, and equips students with the knowledge and tools to participate in that process.

Offering students the opportunity to earn a Master in Environmental Studies (MES) at York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies and a JD degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in four years, the MES/JD program encourages students to integrate these two critical fields and prepares them for a range of careers in environmental affairs, law, and planning, including positions in private law firms, government, business corporations and the non-profit sector.

Students in the MES/JD program spend their first year full-time in either faculty, and their second year full-time in the first year program of the other faculty. The first year MES program is comprised of three consecutive terms, while the first year JD program is comprised of two terms with the summer term off. In the third and fourth years, students enrol full-time in the JD program for the fall and winter terms, and spend the summer after third year full-time in the MES program working on the MES major research paper, project or thesis.

Applicants to the joint program must apply and be accepted into both programs separately. Students may apply to both programs simultaneously, or during their first year in either program. For detailed information regarding application deadlines and admissions requirements see the Osgoode and Faculty of Environmental Studies admissions pages.

For complete details on the MES/JD Joint Program, please see the MES/JD Joint Program Handbook.

Environmental/Sustainability Education Diploma Program

The graduate diploma in environmental/sustainability education is offered jointly by the York University graduate programs in Education and Environmental Studies. It is designed to provide opportunities for graduate students and 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. See Master in Environmental Studies Program Forms page for the diploma requirements checklist.

Business and the environment Diploma Program

This diploma is offered jointly by FES and the Schulich School of Business. As part of either the MES or MBA degree, the diploma in business and the environment provides the perspectives, understanding, tools, skills and recognition for York graduates to become leaders in the field of business and sustainability. See the Master in Environmental Studies Program Forms page for the diploma requirements checklist.

Other York graduate diploma programs

Other York graduate diplomas are also available to MES students.