Social and Ecological Sustainability - PhD (Water) at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability 
Faculty Faculty of Environment
Admit term(s) Fall (September - December)
Application and document submission deadline(s)

Domestic Applicants: June 1* (for admission in September) 

 *NOTE: Applications are encouraged in advance of the deadline.

International Applicants: February 1 (for admission in September) 

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Collaborative, Doctoral, Research
Length of program 48 months (full-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Thesis

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Students must hold a Master's degree with distinction (typically an overall average of at least 83%) or the equivalent.


Application material

  • Resume
  • Supplementary information form (SIF)
    • Outlining the main areas of academic and other expertise, experience and curiosity.
    • The main area(s) of research the student hopes to emphasize in course and thesis work.
    • Information on prior education, training, practical experience, field work, publications, or other accomplishments pertinent to areas of interest.
    • Review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completing this form
  • Transcript(s)
  • References
    • Three references are required, at least two academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable.
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

Updated January 2023. This program page is effective September 2022; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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