Degree requirements

Follow the links for specific information on degree requirements for each SERS graduate program option.

MES

Degree options

Thesis Option

Master's Research Paper (MRP) Option

Required courses

Total 3 required courses:

  • ERS 669: Research and Design Methods (Winter)
  • ERS 680: Sustainability Foundations (Fall)
  • ERS 681: Sustainability Applications (Winter)

Elective courses

Total 1 elective course (must be a graduate level course)

Total 3 elective courses (at least 2 of the electives must be an ERS course)

Milestone

Research Skills Seminar

Defence

Completion and successful defence of a master’s thesis

Completion and acceptance of a master's research paper by advisory committee

Time for completion

Normally: 5-6 terms full-time

Most full-time students complete their course requirements within their first two terms and are prepared for thesis research in their third term.

Normally: 3-4 terms full-time

Most students complete their course requirements within their first two terms and are prepared to write the research paper in their third term.

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MES (Water)

Degree options

Thesis Option

Master's Research Paper (MRP) Option

Required courses

Total 5 required courses:

  • ERS 669: Research and Design Methods (Winter)
  • ERS 680: Sustainability Foundations (Fall)
  • ERS 681: Sustainability Applications (Winter)
  • Water 601: Introduction to Integrated Water Management (Winter)
  • Water 602: Integrated Water Project (Fall 2nd year)

Elective courses

No Elective

Total 1 elective course (must be an ERS course)

Milestone

Research Skills Seminar

Defence

Completion and successful defence of a master’s thesis

Completion and acceptance of a master's research paper by advisory committee

Time for completion

Normally: 5-6 terms full-time

Most full-time students complete their course requirements within their first two terms and are prepared for thesis research in their third term.

Normally: 4-5 terms full-time

Most full-time students complete their course requirements within their first two terms and are prepared to write the research paper in their third term.

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PhD and PhD (Water)

Degree options

PhD

PhD (Water)

Required courses

Total 2 required courses:

  • ERS 701: Sustainability in Socio-Ecological Systems (Fall)
  • ERS 702: Critical Analysis and Advanced Research in Environmental Studies (Winter)

Total 4 required courses:

  • ERS 701: Sustainability in Socio-Ecological Systems (Fall)
  • ERS 702: Critical Analysis and Advanced Research in Environmental Studies (Winter)
  • Water 601: Introduction to Integrated Water Management (Winter)
  • Water 602: Integrated Water Project (Fall 2nd year)

Elective courses

Total 1 elective course (must be a graduate level course)

No Elective

Milestone

  • Comprehensive Exam (2nd year)
  • Thesis Proposal
  • Research Seminar

Defence

Completion and successful defence of a PhD thesis

Time for completion

Normally: 12-13 terms full-time

Most full-time students complete their course requirements within their first three terms and are prepared for their Comprehensive Exam in their fourth term.

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