Future graduate students

The Fall 2018 graduate application deadline is February 1st, 2018.

The School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS) offers two options for the Master of Environmental Studies (MES) program: the Thesis Option and the Major Research Paper (MRP) Option and a PhD program in Social and Ecological Sustainability.

Like our undergraduate program, the graduate programs in SERS is unique in its mix of transdisciplinary understanding and problem-solving combined with the ability to focus your thesis research on a narrower problem or issue.

We emphasize that students should choose their graduate research topic based on their own interests and background. Our graduate students are valued in the job market and recognized for their academic excellence with major scholarships. 

Please read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Program information:

Accelerated Masters Program

Get a head start on your Masters degree with the fast track option by taking two graduate courses in your fourth year. All SERS programs, including the Water option, are eligible.

Enroll in the fast track option if you have:

-Flexible fourth year schedule
-Demonstrated experience as an undergrad research assistant or are -Working on your undergrad thesis
-Involvement in professional research
-First class average required

Accelerated Masters Program

Scholarship Information

Applicants will no longer be automatically considered for OGS based on applications for admission or tri-agency applications. CGSM applicants must select Waterloo as one of their five institutions is they wish to be considered for CGSM at Waterloo. If you intend to apply for admission to ERS, you should visit the GSO OGS and CGSM webpages for information on applying for each award.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship     

Tri-Agency Awards (CIHR/SSHRC/NSERC)  

Graduate Student and other research positions:

For long term research interests of faculty members please see their research profile.

Current Students' Research Topics:

Past Students' Research Topics:

Questions about the master's and PhD programs can be directed to Amanda Taves.