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 fesplan@yorku.ca

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.

Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment

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.

Students must complete 12.00 credits total, consisting of:

  • 6.00 credits of Required Courses
  • 6.00 credits of Elective Courses

Additional Requirements

  • Students must complete a 12-week internship in an approved organization
  • Must be taken concurrently with an MBA* or MES* degree
  • The diploma must be completed within one term of completing graduate program degree requirements
  • MGMT 6100 3.00 Strategy Field Study at a site approved by the Specialization Director

* Students must satisfy both Graduate Diploma and MBA or MES requirements

Required Courses

  • BSUS 6300 3.00 MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
  • BSUS 6500 3.00 BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABILITY

 

Elective Courses

Faculty of Environmental Studies:

  • ENVS 6114 3.00 Sustainable Development for Canada
  • ENVS 6115 3.00 Ecological Economics
  • ENVS 6144 3.00 Action Learning
  • ENVS 6148 3.00 Environmental Negotiation and Mediation
  • ENVS 6155 3.00 Program Implementation
  • ENVS 6164 3.00 Environmental Law
  • ENVS 6179 3.00 Climate Change
  • ENVS 6186 3.00 Theory and Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ENVS 6281 3.00 Consulting Skills

 

Schulich School of Business (Recommended Electives):

  • BSUS 6200 3.00 MANAGING ETHICS AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
  • BSUS 6400 3.00 SUSTAINABILITY ACCOUNTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY
  • BSUS 6600 3.00 SUSTAINABILITY AND CARBON FINANCE
  • BSUS 6950 1.50 ETHICS AND FINANCE
  • ECON 6170 3.00 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS FOR BUSINESS
  • ENTR 6655 3.00 SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • MGMT 6200 3.00 BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND THE LAW
  • MGMT 6600 3.00 SOCIAL INNOVATION AND THE STRUCTURE OF GLOBAL POVERTY
  • MINE 6100 3.00 STRATEGY AND VALUE CREATION IN MINING
  • MINE 6300 3.00 SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGIES IN MINING
  • MKTG 6480 3.00 NONPROFIT MARKETING & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
  • ORGS 6350 3.00 MANAGING CHANGE
  • ORGS 6400 3.00 POWER AND POLITICS IN ORGANIZATIONS
  • ORGS 6420 3.00 CRISIS MANAGEMENT
  • ORGS 6560 3.00 NEGOTIATIONS
  • PROP 6550 3.00 SUSTAINABLE CITIES - URBANIZATION INFRASTRUCTURE & STRATEGIC CHOICES
  • SOCM 6400 3.00 SOCIAL PURPOSE INVESTING & FINANCE

 

Osgoode Hall Law School:

  • LW 2880 3.00 Environmental Law
  • LW 3490 3.00 Resource Management
  • LW 3590 3.00 Transnational Corporations and Human Rights
  • LW 3830 3.00 Climate Change Law
  • LW 4880 3.00 International Environmental Law: Protection of the Global Environment
  • LW 5170 3.00 Corporate Governance

Other York graduate diploma programs

Other York graduate diplomas are also available to MES students.