Master in Environmental Studies

Master in Environmental Studies

The first of its kind in Canada, our Masters in Environmental Studies (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, law and sociology, challenging our students to look beyond the traditional “green environments.”

Centered on a self-directed and individualized Plan of Study, you can customize your own program focused on your own interests, research, and professional goals.

2 Years of Study
Full Time
Fall Entry
How To Apply

Program Details

Program

  • 2 years of study
  • Full time
  • Fall (September) entry
  • Thesis, Major Research Paper, Project or Portfolio
  • Field Research and 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 $20,200 per year
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Sample Career Pathways from MES

  • Urban Planning
  • Environmental Law
  • Community Arts
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Environmental Education
  • Non-Profit organizations
  • Indigenous Affairs
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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 Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI).

Planning Program Components

  • Specialization in Planning within the Plan of Study Declaration to obtain OPPI/CIP recognition in Plan of Study
  • 5 required Planning courses including a Methodology course
  • Planning Work Experience (Including Field Experience and Internships)

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

MES JD MES
FALL WINTER SUMMER FALL WINTER SUMMER

Year 3 & Year 4

JD MES JD
FALL WINTER SUMMER FALL WINTER

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 environmental/sustainability education focus.

Admission

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

Admissions

Please note that meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission to our program.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2019 Online Application Deadline: February 13, 2019
  • Fall 2019 Submission of Supporting Document Deadline: February 27, 2019

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

Domestic Applicants with Professional Experience

We value professional and volunteer experience and appreciate that there may have been barriers that previously hindered your academic studies. If you do not meet the minimum academic requirements, you may still be considered for admission as part of the Professional Experience Application. 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

Students who have completed studies in a country other than Canada are encouraged to review the International Credentials Guidelines for equivalent requirements. A competitive application to the program would exceed minimum academic requirements. International Applicants are also encouraged to review our Faculty Member profiles and connect with a potential supervisor prior to applying.

How To Apply

You’re Invited

Meet our Recruitment and Admissions team at one of our upcoming events:

Attend an Info Session Sign up for one of our online info sessions to chat with the program coordinator, learn more about the MES, and see if the program is the right fit for you.

Meet us at your School We’re travelling across Ontario visiting different colleges and universities. Check out our calendar to see when we’re in your neighbourhood.