Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

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Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Graduate Studies at University of Waterloo

Faculty:Faculty of Environmental Studies
Field of Study:Environmental Studies
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Cost per year:*
National: $9,000

This cost estimate represents the tuition for the first year.

Careers:Environmental Impact Analysts


The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) offers programs which focus on sustainability and the ethics of solving environmental and resource problems, ranging from water and food to energy and biodiversity. We use techniques and ideas from many disciplines to seek integrative solutions that cross the boundaries between the natural and social sciences, thereby linking knowledge of resources and ecosystems with sustainability policy and governance.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Eligibility for this program normally requires an average of 80% over the last 20 courses or 10 credits. Students are required to apply for the Accelerated Master’s Program no earlier than during their 3B academic term and no later than their 4A term. The student will need to submit a plan of study to the School’s Associate Director, Graduate Studies, that includes:

  • A letter of support from the faculty member who has previously agreed to serve as the student’s advisor.
  • The graduate courses to be taken during the undergraduate program (see suggested plan of study below); at least one SERS graduate course must be taken during the 4A or 4B term.
  • An outline of the proposed research topic (1 page single spaced, 12-point font size).
  • A clear statement that this application is for the Accelerated Master’s program (thesis or MRP).
  • A detailed list of the remaining requirements for MES completion, including a timetable for when these requirements are expected to be met.
  • * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 30, 2022