University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
1. The applicant should have at least three years of cumulative full-time work experience in a private, public or non-public sector setting, either through employment, through documented volunteer efforts, or through cooperative work terms as an undergraduate student. This is cumulative, so you can count the months spent in summer jobs or work terms towards your three years.
2. Referees who are not academic can be used as a reference if an extended period away from school prevents you from having an academic reference available to you. At least one professional reference is recommended. For professional references, it should be someone who supervised you and is not related to you.
4. While the foundation, core, and capstone courses will be offered in sequence, it is possible to take electives out of sequence. Students are also able to take electives from other departments; however, only some of these courses are offered through distance education.
5. As a part-time student, it generally takes three years. We also offer a full-time option (four courses or more per year) and an accelerated full-time option in which the program can be completed over the course of one year.
11. The MEB has been designed for a working professional. The initial residency period is two weeks in August and includes the first course (ENBUS 601). All of the subsequent courses are through Extended Learning (i.e., online). There will also be a shorter residency period at the end of your capstone course. In addition, there is a requirement that you attend two sustainability conferences. You can choose one conference from a list (events in Toronto, Vancouver and/or Waterloo) or propose alternative conferences for pre-approval.
13. The school may consider applications from applicants who do not have a 4-year or an honours degree. In this situation, in additional to the normal admission requirements, a GMAT score of 550 or above is required, and at least 8 years of work experience.
14. If the rest of your application is strong (i.e., years of relevant work experience, excellent references, and a strong statement), then the program will seriously consider your application. If you are accepted, then initially you will be on probation. This means you will be required to obtain at least 75% in the first two courses in order to stay in the program.
15. The MEB is a course-based master's program and is similar in design to an MBA. Ph.D. programs in management or business may recognize this degree. Programs in other disciplines may require a research master's degree. Check with the university to confirm their admission requirements. That said, a number of MEB graduates have entered Ph.D. programs.
17. About half of our students are already working as an environment or sustainability professional. Others work in a related business or professional field. A minority of students are intending to make a career shift. Throughout the program you will have numerous opportunities to network with sustainability professionals so if a career shift is your goal, you can transfer into a new position long before the program ends.
18. The MEB provides current knowledge, tools and skills in a broad range of business and sustainability topics. The program will update your knowledge, expand your understanding, provide you with new skills, increase your network, enable you time to reflect with peers, and give you expert feedback on your ideas. For some, the increased credibility of a master's degree is also important.
19. For most working professionals, there are learning curves related to time management (balancing work, family and school), the online technology, and the academic assignments. We are aware of this and provide assistance with the transition. In addition, your classmates are in the same situation, so there is considerable peer support.
20. While the MEB courses are interactive, there are no live sessions each week. We have purposely designed it to allow students with different work schedules, and in different time zones to equally engage. Instead the lectures have pre-recorded audio that advances with the slides (webinar format) that you can play when you have time. Lecture content is mixed with other types of content (video, readings, activities, assignments, etc.). The courses are paced so you need to complete 7-10 hours of work each week (including assignments), but when you choose to do the work will depend on your personal circumstances. Some students are allowed to do this on work time, while others do their school work during their personal time. Each course runs 12 weeks and then there is a month break before your next course starts.