Applications must be submitted by January 15th for September admission.
ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.SEM.1 year

The Master of Sustainable Environmental Management program provides students with the skills to become successful environmental practitioners. In an intensive, one-year program, students engage in courses that include hands-on learning opportunities while developing project management skills by working in partnership with a public, private, research or non-profit partner. The MSEM degree prepares graduates to evaluate sustainability challenges and develop solutions by measuring and understanding the way human and natural systems interact. Graduates from this program have found jobs in the public, private and non-profit sectors, highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of the degree program.

Students are challenged to think outside the boundaries of traditional disciplinary programs to address environmental and sustainability challenges with regional, national, and international significance. These programs expose graduate students to a variety of unique environmental learning and research experiences, and help nurture students to become critical thinkers capable of addressing pressing challenges associated with environmental change and sustainability.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below may help you to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Mary BarrettHuman-nature relations, Intuitive human-animal communications, Ways of knowing, Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies
Helen BaulchWater quality, Aquatic ecology, Biogeochemical cycles, Algal blooms
Angela Bedard-HaughnApplied pedology, Soils and global change, Wetland soils
Kenneth BelcherEcological economics, Resource and environmental economics, Environmental policy, Wetland and wildlife conservation policy
Scott BellGIS, geography, health, navigation, spatial cognition
Lalita BharadwajCommunity based participatory research, Indigenous communities, Human and Environmental Health Risk Assessment
Ryan BrookAboriginal wildlife, land and resource management, youth education, climate change, ecosystem monitoring
Douglas ClarkPolar bear-human conflicts, wildlife and protected area management, environmental governance and policy processes
Geoff CunferHGIS, North America, agricultural landscapes, digital humanities, environmental history, historical geography, history
Rachel Engler-StringerFood systems and food security , Nutritional health inequities , Community-based and participatory research , Health promotion
Jim GermidaSoil microbiology, microbial biodiversity and community dynamics of microorganisms in agro-ecosystems
Michael GertlerAgriculture, community, development, environmental, resource, rural
Jill A.E. GunnAssessment, cumulative effects assessment, environmental, environmental assessment, planning, regional, urban
Markus HeckerAquatic ecology/fish biology, Development & application of bioanalytical techniques, Environmental pollution, Biological effects of environment
Andrew IresonModelling flow and transport in the hydrological cycle, integrated hydrological data improvements, hydrological change in northern latitudes, groundwater resource management, groundwater quality, sustainable development of natural resources, integrated hydrological-epidemiological research, water resource engineering, groundwater modelling
Timothy JardineContaminant biomagnification in aquatic ecosystems, tropical floodplain hydrology and ecology, freshwater food webs
Paul JonesEnvironmental chemistry and toxicology, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, aquatic and wildlife toxicology, ecological risk assessment
Vladimir KricsfalusyConservation biology, population biology and ecology, community ecology, restoration ecology, taxonomy
Surendra KulshreshthaGreenhouse gas emission mitigation, Drought economic impact assessment, Water resources and irrigation, Environmental valuation
Colin LaroqueDendochronology, Climate analysis
Yanping LiRegional climate modelling, Mesoscale dynamics, Boundary layer meteorology, Air-sea interaction
Karsten LiberMetal bioavailability and toxicity in aquatic ecosystems, mining impacts on aquatic ecosystems, water quality assessments, pesticide ecotoxicology
Karl-Erich LindenschmidtSurface water quality modelling, river ice processes, climate change and river morphology, flood and flood risk management
Philip LoringFood systems and security, fisheries, local food movements, environmental justice, climatic and environmental change, indigenous cultures
Jeffrey McDonnellWatershed hydrology, runoff processes and modelling, isotope hydrology, hydrological theory
Christy MorrisseyAnimal physiology, birds, contaminants, ecotoxicology, environment, migration, pollution, populations, river, toxicology, water, wetlands
David NatcherAboriginal land and resource management, economic and environmental anthropology, Arctic and Subarctic North America
Mehdi NematiEnvironmental bioengineering, biochemical engineering, bioremediation, microbial fuel cell technology, napthenic acids, oil sand tailing, sulphur and nitrogenous pollutants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), biocorrosion, bioreactor
Catherine Hui NiuBiosorption, Biofuel Ethanol Purification, Biochemcial separation, drug release, industrial effluent treatment and metal recovery
Bram NobleAssessment, cumulative effects assessment, energy resources, environmental assessment, environmental policy, mineral, water, watersheds
Robert PatrickWatershed Planning, aboriginal, indigenous, land use, urban, water
Jeremy RaynerGlobal forest governance, Resource, environmental and energy policies, Policy theory (especially institutionalism and problems of policy change)
Seyed Saman RazaviHydrologic models development, Environmental and water resources systems, Sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification, Artificial intelligence
Maureen ReedSocial dimensions of environment and sustainability, environmental governance, community-based ecosystem management, gender-based analysis
Jafar SoltanEnvironmental catalysis, Catalytic ozonation, Application of ultrasound in wastewater treatment, Multiphase reactors, Novel sorbents and catalysts
Toddi SteelmanDisaster-resilient communities, Wildfire preparedness, Environmental and natural resource governance, Public and community decision-making
Ryan WalkerAboriginal, Indigenous, city planning, public space, urban design, urban geography
Clinton WestmanAboriginal, Animals, Consultations, Energy, Environment, Religion, indigenous
Howard WheaterHydrological processes, hydrological modelling, flood risk, water resources, water quality, wastes and climate change adaptation, water resource engineering, water resources, watershed modelling, water supply
Chelsea Willness

Tuition and funding


To be considered for scholarship funding, students must have obtained at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate or graduate study and submit your application by January 15th. 

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Program Canadian International
Master of Sustainable Environmental Managementper term $2,618.00 $3,927.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Sustainable Environmental Management

  • Undergraduate four-year Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related field of study from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting Required Documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, send the following to the program office listed below:

  • Photocopies of your transcripts
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A brief statement of research interests (1-2 pages in length) that includes:
    • Specific areas of interest that could lead to a thesis or project topic.
    • A description of why the applicant wants to pursue research in the interdisciplinary context of the School of Environment and Sustainability.
    • A description of any employment or study experiences that relate to the research interests described.


School of Environment and Sustainability
Room 323
Kirk Hall
117 Science Place
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C8

Graduate Chair
Markus Hecker

Graduate Administrator
Alexandra Oster