PhD in Environmental Studies

PhD in Environmental Studies

Our PhD is one of the most diverse doctoral programs exploring environmental concerns and approaches related to the natural, the social, the political, the cultural, and the urban. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach to environmental research, our program connects conventional disciplines such as social sciences, humanities, arts, and natural sciences in ways that encourage viewing issues through a broader, more contextual perspective, with an emphasis on social justice. The PhD in Environmental Studies program does not have a set curriculum, but instead you create your own unique Program Plan guided by your supervisory committee.

4 – 6 Years of Study

Full Time

Fall Entry

How to Apply

Program Details


  • 4 to 6 years of study
  • Full time
  • Fall (September) entry
  • Dissertation

Tuition Fees

  • Domestic: Approximately $5,200 per year
  • International: Approximately $18,900 per year
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Competitive Funding Available

  • Domestic: Approximately $23,800 per year
  • International: Approximately $35,600 per year
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Research Interests

  • Applied Ecology and Conservation
  • Critical Urban Studies
  • Culture, Environment and Post-Humanism
  • Global Political Ecology, Critical Development Studies, and Anti-Colonialism
  • Socio-Environmental Health
  • Environmental Policy and Management


Academic Requirements

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

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2020 Online Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Submission of Supporting Document Deadline: January 29, 2020

Domestic Applicants

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum B+ GPA
  • No disciplinary requirement

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 encouraged to review our Faculty Member profiles and connect with a potential supervisor prior to applying.

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