Application Procedure 

  • Applications are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies through the online application system which opens on October 3, 2022, and is housed on a secure server in the University of Toronto.
  • Once you start your online application and enter your personal contact information, an automated email will be sent to you with your applicant identification number and secure password.
  • You can leave and return to your application at any point, prior to paying the application fee. Once you have paid, you can check on the status of your application during the processing period. 
  • Your application fee ($125) must be received by the School of Graduate Studies before we can consider your application. Fees must be paid online by MasterCard or Visa and are non-refundable.

 Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a JOINid via email. Please keep this on file. Upon acceptance into the program, the JOINid is required to log onto UofT services until you receive your own official UTORid.

Once Your Application is Received

  • The deadline for applications for admission is February 10, 2023.
  • Selected applicants may be contacted for an interview (either in-person or virtually).
  • Offers of admission will begin in March 2023. All communications regarding admission acceptance will be done electronically.
  • Formal offers and admission packages will be sent in the mail following the electronic notification of acceptance. 
  • Please contact the School of Graduate Studies with questions regarding the online application system.

Application Instructions

The following components are required to apply to the Master of Environment and Sustainability program. These must be uploaded to the online School of Graduate Studies application system. 

Letter of Intent: Required

The letter of intent is your opportunity to introduce yourself and describe why you are applying to the Master of Environment and Sustainability. It should include the following elements:

  • An outline of your proposed research: Describe your proposed area of research, including related questions of interest and methods to be applied. Potential supervisors who are graduate faculty at the School of the Environment must be identified. Contact graduate faculty in advance of your application and identify them (including their willingness to serve as supervisors).
  • A statement of academic interests: Describe your scholarly interests and how the program will fulfill them. Details should be provided regarding your academic background and prior work, research and/or volunteer experience, and how they provide a good foundation for successfully completing the program and related thesis requirements. 
  • Describe how the program will support your future academic or career plans following successful completion of the program. 
  • The letter of intent should be a maximum of 750 words. 

Diversity Statement: Optional  

The School of the Environment is strongly committed to diversity. We welcome applications from racialized and marginalized communities, including Indigenous peoples and those of color, individuals with disabilities and persons who identify as LGBTQ, as well as others who may positively contribute to diversity at the School. Applicants are encouraged to submit an optional diversity statement (400-500 words), which details how they can support diversity as an Master of Environment and Sustainability candidate, and in future scholarly and career plans. 

As part of your diversity statement, you may consider inclusion of the following:

  •  Past economic or educational challenges that have prevented you from fulfilling personal goals and how you have overcome them.
  • Thoughts on how you understand existing societal inequities and how they should be effectively addressed.
  •  Plans on how your proposed research will contribute to promoting equity and diversity along social, economic, educational and cultural lines.
  •  Examples of past volunteer or community service that has helped promote equity and diversity.

The Letter of Intent and Optional Diversity Statement should be submitted as one file.

Transcripts of your academic record from each university attended are required as part of your application package.

  • Please scan or take a screen shot of your transcripts to be uploaded as part of application. Ensure that you are uploading your complete transcript, that your name and institution are present, and that the document is legible. Do not submit hard copies of transcripts. You will be required to submit hard copies of official transcripts upon admission to the program. 
  • If your transcripts or documents are not in English, you are expected to submit a notarized translation in English, together with the original documents. Transcripts/documents in French will be exempted from this requirement. 
  • The file size of each scanned transcript must not exceed 4 megabytes (MB). Scanned documents must be clearly legible and print on standard CDN/U.S. 81/2″ x 11″ paper. The file must be in PDF format. Image files, such as those in .jpg or .bmp formats, must be converted to .PDF before uploading. Please scan your transcript in grayscale at the lowest dots per inch (dpi) setting that results in a legible document. We recommend 72 dpi whenever possible.
  • If you are enrolled in an academic program at the time of application and your final grades are not available, you are expected to submit formal documentation of your successful program completion before your admission to the Master of Environment and Sustainability can be completed. 

You are expected to submit two academic letters of reference.

  • Include the names and email addresses of two academic referees, as part of your online application. They will be contacted via email to provide letters of recommendation, after you have paid your application fee.
  • Letters of recommendation are part of your academic record and treated as confidential. You will not have to access them. 
  • If you have been working in the last two years since graduating from a university, you may submit letters of reference from employers instead.

You should submit an up-to-date resume/CV as part of your package, detailing your educational background and work and volunteer experience, professional activities, awards, and other relevant information.

You are required to submit official English test scores if you do not have a degree from a Canadian university AND the language of instruction and examination was not in English. 

Please note that test scores that are more than two years old by the time of application deadline will not be accepted. 

Minimum Recommended Scores:

  • TOEFL iBT Test (min score): Total score of 100-120. Speaking 22-30.

  • TOEFL PBT Test (min score): Total score between 600-677. Min 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

  • IELTS min score between Band 7-9.

Find out more about the English language proficiency requirements.