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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)

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?

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

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