Environmental Studies

The Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies (CSES) provides interested students an opportunity to examine environmental-related issues from different disciplinary perspectives and gain insights about the importance of understanding and applying interdisciplinary approaches and methodological concepts and tools in environmental decision making.

Students admitted to a graduate degree program in a participating degree-granting unit, also called the home department or home unit, can apply to the CSES and pursue coursework and research on topics related to the environment. The purpose is to complement the discipline-based learning and research focus of their home units by providing students an interdisciplinary forum to examine, discuss, and address environmental issues.

With participating students from as many as 20 different disciplines, the core course, ENV 1001H Environmental Decision Making, gives students a unique opportunity to engage with faculty and peers coming from a range of academic backgrounds and perspectives.

Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home graduate unit and the CSES, the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies” will appear on your transcript.

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the Collaborative Specialization in Environmental Studies (CSES) offered by the School of the Environment must first apply to and be accepted into a master’s program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home department or home unit. Information about applying to a master’s program can be found on the School of Graduate Studies’ website as well as on the respective websites of participating degree-granting units.
     
  • Prospective students who are planning to enrol in the CSES are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the How to Apply page by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the home department.
     
  • Applicants should confirm the application deadline with the home department they are interested in applying to, as this can vary between units.
     
  • The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in the CSES beyond the deadline set by their home department, provided that students will be able to complete the specialization requirements by the time they are ready to graduate from their degree program.

 

Specialization Requirements

The requirements listed below must be completed in combination with that expected for the master’s degree program of the home department. These are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home graduate unit. Typically, students complete up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and conduct research on an environmental topic.

The School of the Environment also offers students in the non-thesis master’s degree stream the opportunity to complete an internship in fulfilment of the CSES, unless they have an internship component built into their degree program. 

Requirements in some participating programs vary slightly. Students are encouraged to check the calendar entries of their respective home department programs. The CSES specific requirements can also be found in the Participating Degree Programs section.

Master’s Degrees Coursework Option

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE).
  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School’s list of approved courses.
  • Complete an environment-related internship of approximately three months full-time employment (ENV 4444Y+; 1.0 FCE), unless students have an internship requirement included in their degree program.
  • Produce a brief research paper on an environment-related topic, which may be related to the internship experience (ENV 5555Y+; 1.0 FCE), unless students have a research paper requirement included in their degree program.

Master’s Degrees Thesis Option

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE).
  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School’s list of approved courses.
  • Write a thesis in the home graduate unit on an environment-related topic.

Admission Requirements

  • Students who wish to enrol in the CSES offered by the School of the Environment must first apply to and be accepted into a doctoral program in a degree-granting unit, also called a home department or home unit. Information about applying to a home graduate unit can be found on the School of Graduate Studies’ website as well as on the respective websites of participating degree-granting units.
     
  • Prospective students are strongly encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated on the How to Apply page by the application deadline established by the degree program admission committee in the home department. Applicants should confirm the application deadline with the home department they are interested in applying to, as this can vary between units. The School of the Environment also allows potential students to enrol in the CSES beyond the deadline set by their home department, provided that students will be able to complete the specialization requirements by the time they are ready to graduate from their degree program.

 

Specialization Requirements

The requirements listed below must be completed in combination with the PhD degree program requirements of the student’s home unit. These are normally counted as electives toward the degree program requirements of the student’s home unit. Typically, students complete up to 1.0 full-course equivalent (FCE) and conduct research on an environmental topic. 

Requirements in some participating programs vary slightly. Therefore, students are encouraged to check the calendar entries of their respective home department programs. The CSES specific requirements can also be found in the Participating Degree Programs section.

  • Complete the mandatory core course ENV 1001H (0.5 FCE), unless already completed at the master’s level.
     
  • Complete one elective course (0.5 FCE) from the School’s list of approved courses.
     
  • Give an oral presentation of their doctoral research as part of the School’s Environment and Health Seminar Series or Research Day, which is held once per year. For the latter, the oral presentation may or may not be done in conjunction with a summary poster, depending on the decided format of the School’s Research Day in any given year.
     
  • Complete a thesis on an environmental topic in the home department. It is recommended that the thesis committee membership will include a supervisor (from the student’s home unit who is a member of the core faculty of the Collaborative Specialization and a member of the graduate faculty in the School of the Environment) and at least one other member from a collaborating unit. If the student’s primary thesis supervisor does not hold a graduate faculty membership (GFM) at the School of the Environment, the School’s Director will initiate the process of assigning a GFM to the primary supervisor.
     
  • A copy of the final thesis must be submitted to the School of the Environment prior to graduation.
     

*Additional courses may be required by the home unit and/or by the supervisor or supervisory committee, depending on academic and/or career goals of the student, as well as graduate unit regulations.

*A supervisor or supervisory committee may be appointed for each student by the home department and the School of the Environment.