University of Waterloo
Environment 3 Building
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada
Tel. (519) 888-4567
The MES in Sustainability Management is a research-based masters degree that can be taken full-time or part-time. Full-time students can expect to be enrolled for 6 terms (2 years). Part-time students must finish within 5 calendar years. Some students are ready to defend in the fifth term but most take six terms to complete writing and defend their masters thesis.
|Course Load||# of required courses*||# of required electives||Research thesis required?||Minimum GPA to graduate|
|Full-time or part- time studies||4||2||Yes||75% average|
*Program details are subject to change. Please refer to the Graduate Studies Calendar for the current degree requirements. If there is a discrepancy, the Graduate Studies Calendar will be accepted as official information.
The following schedule is the suggested sequence and length for full-time students. Part-time students have greater flexibility.
SUSM 601: Foundations for Sustainability Management
SUSM 602 Theories and Concepts of Sustainability Management
SUSM 603 Research Methods for Sustainable Management
SUSM 605 Thesis development
|3. Spring / Summer||Thesis – development and research|
Students often finish quicker but we suggest you plan for 6 terms.
Thesis – Research and analysis
Thesis – Analysis and writing
|6. Spring / Summer||Thesis – Defence|
It is possible to choose electives not included on this list, subject to approval by the department or program in which the courses are offered. Students may request permission from the MES SUSM Graduate Program Administrator, Janine Dietrich.
Courses may not be scheduled in a given term or year. See the Graduate Schedule of Classes for more information.
Electives by program
SUSM 620: Business Operations and Sustainability
SUSM 630: Enterprise Marketing and Social Accountability
SUSM 640: Strategy for Sustainable Enterprises
SUSM 650: Environmental Finance
ENBUS 622: Product Life Cycle Assessment
ENBUS 631: Stakeholder Engagement
ENBUS 632: Sustainability Reporting
ENBUS 642: Stakeholder Engagement, Collaborations and Partnerships
INDEV 602: International Development - Theory and Practice
INDEV 604: Sustainable Cities
INDEV 605: Economics for Sustainable Development
INDEV 606: Energy and Sustainability
INDEV 607: Management for Sustainability
INDEV 608: Water and Security
INDEV 616: Urban Food Security
LED 611: Industrial Location Theory and concepts
LED 612: Land Development Planning
LED 613: Regional Development Principles and Practices
LED 615: Community Economic Development
LED 619:Regional Planning, Economic and Investment Analysis
LED 688: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
INTEG 475/GEOG 675: Evidence-based decision-making