Applications for the MES and PhD programs are open all year. Please secure a SENS faculty supervisor before making your application. Applications received after December 15 may not be considered for a 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 interspecies communication; Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies; Transformative sustainability education
Helen BaulchWater quality, Eutrophication and algal blooms, Winter limnology, Aquatic ecology, Biogeochemical cycling, Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change
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 BharadwajEngaged Scholarship, Indigenous Communities, Water and Health, Health Risk Assessment, Management, Communication, Arts-based Knowledge Mobilization
Jill A.E. BlakleyImpact assessment; cumulative effects assessment; strategic environmental assessment; regions; natural resources; energy affected landscapes
Lori BradfordIndigenous water knowledge; Water policy; Water empathy; Social determinants of health; Engaged scholarship
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 FamigliettiRemote sensing of terrestrial/global hydrology, climate change impacts on hydrology/water resources, groundwater depletion, hydrological modeling
Grant FergusonEngineering geology; Geothermal energy; Groundwater modeling; Heat transport in porous media; Hydrogeochemistry; Hydrogeology
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 IresonGroundwater modelling; Groundwater resource management; Groundwater quality; Hydrological change in northern latitudes; Integrated hydrological-epidemiological research; Integrated hydrological data improvements; Modelling flow and transport in the hydrological cycle; Sustainable development of natural resources; Water resource engineering
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 KrajManagement of renewable energy systems, computer modeling/simulation of energy systems, community energy development/policy, remote power systems
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
Christy MorrisseyBirds; ecology; ecophysiology; ecotoxicology; environment; environmental pollution; industrial pollutants; insects and insectivores; migration; pesticides; river; water; wetlands
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
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
Susann TegtmeierChemistry-Climate interactions, Atmospheric dynamics, Oceanic trace gases in the atmosphere, Satellite observations of atmospheric composition
Andrew WatsonCanada; Muskoka; agriculture; agroecosystems; coal; commodities; energy; environmental history; farm systems; history; irrigation; leather; social metabolism; sustainability
Colin WhitfieldCatchment hydrochemistry; Ecosystem biogeochemistry; Climate change; Acidification; Mineral weathering; Biogenic greenhouse gas emissions
Oscar Zapata


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 $1,715.00 CAD $3,104.15 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 2021 Winter 2022Spring 2022 Summer 2022
Student fees$759.62 CAD $300.59 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% (USask 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% (USask 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

Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • Contact information of your three referees
    • For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
  • Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions

The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $120 application fee. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

Submit required documents

Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.

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 be required only for applicants 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 research statement (one to two 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
David Schneider

Graduate Administrator