Applications are accepted year round, but applications received after December 15 may not be considered for scholarship.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.E.S.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

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.

Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES)

The MES is a thesis-based program that provides students with the opportunities and skills to advance their understanding of sustainability challenges in today's world. Education in complex problem-solving and the foundations of sustainability prepares students to play a significant role in knowledge generation, translation and decision-making. Students can explore the meaning of interdisciplinary research by considering a wide range of scientific, technical, political, social, economic and institutional factors that shape environmental and sustainability problems, their management and their potential solutions. For more information about the MES requirements, please visit the Program Catalogue.

PhD in Environment and Sustainability

This dissertation-based degree is for students who want an advanced education in researching 21st century sustainability challenges. Our PhD students attain a deep understanding of sustainability concepts while designing and implementing their own original research. These interdisciplinary scholars demonstrate excellence in their fields of study and are ready to become leaders in academia, industry, non-profit organizations and the public sector. For more information about the MES requirements, please visit the Program Catalogue.

Research supervisors

Applications for the MES/PhD Programs will not be considered without the written support of a faculty supervisor.

The applicant is responsible for contacting SENS faculty and securing a supervisor prior to submitting an application. Before you begin a formal application, we recommend that you contact the faculty who are conducting research in an area that interests you.

Name Research areas
MJ 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
Lalita BharadwajCommunity based participatory research, Indigenous communities, Human and Environmental Health Risk Assessment
Jill A.E. BlakleyAssessment; cumulative effects assessment; environmental; environmental assessment; planning; regional; urban
Lori BradfordIndigenous water knowledge, Water policy, Water empathy, Social determinants of health, Engaged scholarship
Ryan BrookAboriginal wildlife, land and resource management, youth education, climate change, ecosystem monitoring
Douglas ClarkIndigenous co-management of resources and ecosystems; polar bear-human conflicts; wildlife and protected area management; environmental governance
Ajay DalaiChemical Reaction Design; Heterogeneous Catalysis; Biomass and Bioenergy; Petroleum Processing; Materials Synthesis and Characterization; Gas Processing; Hydrotreating; Sustainable Energy; Value-added processing; Nanotechnology; Gasification; Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
Rachel Engler-StringerFood systems and food security , Nutritional health inequities , Community-based and participatory research , Health promotion
James Famiglietti
Jim GermidaSoil microbiology, microbial biodiversity and community dynamics of microorganisms in agro-ecosystems
Michael GertlerProduction co-operatives; sociology of agriculture; sustainable rural development
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; Water resource engineering; Integrated hydrological-epidemiological research; 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
Andrea Kraj
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 LaroquePast and future climates in Canada in relation to dynamic ecosystem and geomorpholgical processes; Dendrochronology and dendrochronological techniques
Yanping LiAtmospheric Physics; convection in the troposphere; geophysical fluid dynamics
Karsten LiberMetal bioavailability and toxicity in aquatic ecosystems, especially in sediments; mining impacts on aquatic ecosystems
Karl-Erich LindenschmidtSurface water quality modelling, river ice processes, climate change and river morphology, flood and flood risk management
Jeffrey McDonnellWatershed hydrology, runoff processes and modelling, isotope hydrology, hydrological theory
Marcia McKenzieEnvironment & place, globalization & social justice, educational policy & practice, youth culture & activism, the politics of social science research
Christy MorrisseyBirds; ecology; ecophysiology; ecotoxicology; environment; environmental pollution; industrial pollutants; insects and insectivores; migration; pesticides; river; 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; Sulfur 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
Greg PoelzerAboriginal; Indigenous; development; governance; northen regions; policy
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
James RobsonEnvironmental governance through collective action; Migration-environment-development nexus; Local approaches to biodiversity conservation
David SchneiderBiological sequence analysis; comparative bacteria genomics; crop plant structure-function relations; crop plant genotype-phenotype relations
Jafar SoltanEnvironmental catalysis, Catalytic ozonation, Application of ultrasound in wastewater treatment, Multiphase reactors, Novel sorbents and catalysts
Graham StrickertHuman dimensions of water security
Ryan WalkerAboriginal; Indigenous; city planning; public space; urban design; urban geography
Andrew WatsonCanada; Muskoka; agriculture; agroecosystems; coal; commodities; energy; environmental history; farm systems; history; irrigation; leather; social metabolism; sustainability
James Watson
Clinton WestmanCommunity-Engaged Research; Conservation; Environment; Ethnography; Extractive Industries; Heritage Landscapes; Human-Animal Relations; Indigenous Issues; Protected Areas; Public Participation; Religious Practice
Colin WhitfieldCatchment hydrochemistry; Ecosystem biogeochemistry; Climate change; Acidification; Mineral weathering; Biogenic greenhouse gas emissions


Check back often to our opportunities page to see graduate positions our faculty are actively recruiting for.

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.

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 certain countries.


Program Canadian International
Master's and PhD - Environment and Sustainability  per term $1,633.00 CAD $2,580.14 CAD

There are three terms per academic year: September to December, January to April, and May to August. Tuition is assessed each term for as long as the student is enrolled in their program

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2020 Winter 2021Spring 2021 Summer 2021
Student fees$699.04 CAD $299.28 CAD$27.50 CAD $27.50 CAD

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

  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • a four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Written support of a faculty supervisor
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
  • Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline
  • a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in Master's program)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
  • Written support of a faculty supervisor

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students and are interested in working with you, they will submit a written confirmation directly to the SENS admissions office and instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

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

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

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
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • 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. Your application will not be processed until payment is received. 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.

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 upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

In addition to the above official documents, please upload the following documents:

  • 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
Dr. Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt

Graduate Administrator