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Degree details

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.

Course schedule

The following schedule is the suggested sequence and length for full-time students. Part-time students have greater flexibility.

Year 1

Term Course
1. Fall

SUSM 601: Foundations for Sustainability Management

SUSM 602 Theories and Concepts of Sustainability Management

1 elective

2. Winter

SUSM 603 Research Methods for Sustainable Management

SUSM 605 Thesis development

1 elective

3. Spring / Summer Thesis – development and research

Year 2

Students often finish quicker but we suggest you plan for 6 terms.

Term Course
4. Fall

Thesis – Research and analysis

5. Winter

Thesis – Analysis and writing

6. Spring / Summer Thesis – Defence

Contact our team

Dragana Kostic

​grad.seed@uwaterloo.ca

Graduate Program

Administrator 

519-888-4567 x38189

Location: EV3 4269