Application Deadline

The application deadline for the Spring term (August Residency) is February 1st  of each year. The SUSM-MES (Sustainability Management Masters) program will consider late applications up to April 1stof each year, for the Spring term (August Residency). 

Applicants who apply by February 1st have the opportunity to apply for a financial need award in their first year.

Application Process

Waterloo's graduate studies application process is entirely electronic. We do not require paper documents to be mailed to us at the time of the application. Refer to the short video below and the application process website for more details.


Admission Requirements

Degree requirements Minimum GPA upon entry Supporting documents Course load flexibility?

Application deadline

Honours Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in a humanities, social science, health, engineering, natural science, environmental science, or business discipline Overall average of at least 75% in the last two years

Statement of interest*

2 letters of reference


Full- and part-time study options available

February 1

Acceptance into the program will depend on:

  • academic standing
  • letters of reference
  • the student's subject area of interest in relation to expertise which can be offered through the MES SM program
  • the availability of financial assistance, if needed.

*Statement of interest (complete on Quest)

The statement of interest should be about 500 words long and address the  two points below. You may find it helpful to read about research conducted at SEED:

  • Describe your interests in sustainability management (i.e. why you want to study sustainability management).
  • What aspects of sustainability management (e.g., developmental issues, sustainable finance, sustainable corporations, life-cycles, etc.) are of most interest to you?

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate command of the English language with an English Language Proficiency Test. Our program requires students to meet the requirements of the "alternative higher scores".

writing 26;
speaking 26;
writing 7.0;
speaking 7.0
80 per section;
speaking 3
60 per band;
70 writing;
70 speaking
writing 65;
speaking 65
overall in level 400 with at least 75% in writing, oral and academic skills

Additional Inform​ation:

  • Deferrals for admission and delayed entries will not be permitted

Note: If there is a discrepancy between this site and the Graduate Studies Calendar, please refer to the latter for the most accurate information.