Frequently Asked Questions
For Canadian students, the deadline to apply to the program is February 1. For international students, the deadline to apply is December 1.
When undertaking graduate studies, it is important to know who you could potentially work with during your studies, as this has a large impact on your work as well as the overall experience. Ideally, you would find a faculty member who shares your passion and area of interest, and who is available to take on a student. As part of the process of finding your thesis supervisor, we invite you to browse the list of our faculty members to review the areas of expertise at uOttawa. You can also use the resource uOttawa Experts, enter keywords such as environment, climate change, and the like to find faculty with research interests in these areas.
You are invited to contact them potential supervisors directly to discuss the possibility of working with them during your studies in the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability program.
Additionally, should you have any questions about the process or any other aspect of finding a supervisor, contact the academic coordinator:
You can check your application status by logging onto your uoZone account. Each student who submits an application to uOttawa receives their own account. Login information is sent in an email letter from the Faculty of Graduate Studies upon receipt of your application.
Once you have decided to apply to the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability, you must ensure that you have reviewed the program requirements in order to prepare the necessary documentation for your application. You can review all requirements and additional information about the program by visiting the program page on the FGPS website. Once you have verified that you meet the program requirements, you can apply!
Should you have questions about your eligibility or any other aspect of admission, including the questions about the process and requirements, please contact Mireille Leroux, academic coordinator:
Tel.: + 1 613- 562-5895
Students in both the Research Paper Academic Sub-plan and the Thesis Academic Sub-plan are eligible for our cooperative education opportunities.
To be admissible to the co-op option, a student must be enrolled full-time in the interdisciplinary MSc in Environmental Sustainability (which begins in September for all students), must meet the minimum CGPA requirement of the graduate and postdoctoral studies (7.0), and must be a Canadian citizen, resident or permanent resident.
Applications for the co-op option must be received by the end of the first month of the student’s enrollment in the EVD program (thus by the end of September). The number of co-op placements is limited. Admission option will be competitive and managed by the co-op office.
Co-op students must enrol in CO-OP WORK TERM I and CO-OP WORK TERM II during each respective work term.
We welcome students to visit the campus in person. To book an appointment, please contact the academic coordinator for the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability at firstname.lastname@example.org to organize a visit.
Knowing how to speak, write or comprehend French is not a requirement to apply to the program. The University of Ottawa is a unique environment where French and English exist side by side in a multicultural milieu. Being a bilingual institution, the University offers several free resources to help students learn French (or English) if they choose, however, it is not a requirement for this program.
Please read the Admission Section and the program specific requirements to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.
If your post-secondary education was completed outside of Canada, please visit the admission equivalencies for international students. This tool will help you understand your degree equivalency. The grade average required for this program is a minimum of 7.0.
The deadline for international students to submit an application is December 1. Students should schedule their language proficiency test as soon as possible. We accept supporting documents (such as the TOEFL score) past December 1st deadline, however, we cannot process your application until we receive all documents.
Applicants begin the application process by submitting the electronic registration, paying the application fee and following up with the required documentation. Please note that you will need to submit an official transcript from each establishment of higher education that you have attended.
Tuition fees, incidental fees and any other associated fees can be found on the Registrar’s website. Please note that tuition is subject to change from year to year and the current academic year tuition fees should be used as a guide.
Yes, you can study part-time, but your first term must be completed full-time. Please note that studying part-time may have an impact on your eligibility to financial aid and awards.
No, you cannot. There is currently only one in-take period for the program, which is the fall term (September).
The program is interdisciplinary, and the research and coursework will span multiple disciplines. The degree designation reflects the fact that the methodological approach emphasized in the program is scientific in nature.
Yes, research is a key component to the program in both the thesis and research paper options. Research takes place in the third stage of the program where students APPLY what they have learned. Using a current topic, students learn to synthesize information about the problem from multiple disciplines, and using the robust methodologies taught, develop creative, rigorous and effective solutions for change.
Applications are still being accepted on a rolling-basis, as long as space is still available in the program after February 1st.
The program begins in September for all students.
No. Because of the course schedule, you must begin the program in September.
Yes. All students must complete either a thesis or a research paper.
The research paper option is a one year program, while the thesis program is two years. The maximum time for completion for all students is four years from the date you first register in the program.
Because of the sequential structure of the coursework and the timing of course offerings, all students are required to study full time for the first session. Following this, students (such as mid-career applicants who wish to continue working while doing their master’s) may apply to switch to part-time studies and, exceptionally, reduce their coursework by half. However, they must work with the program director to ensure that their course selection allows them to complete the program in a timely manner.
Students following the research paper option take a total of 30 course units (comprised of 9 courses, and one research paper). Students following the thesis option take a total of 18 course units (comprised of 7 courses).
Because this is an interdisciplinary and applied program, all students must build a common foundation of environmental knowledge concerning science, economics, law and policy. They must master an integrated, evidence-based decision-making methodology and practice, applying it to actual sustainability challenges both in the classroom and in their research, and for those taking the research paper option, in the community through a capstone project. Given the program’s emphasis on creating marketable skills, students must also take a compulsory professional skills course. As a result, there are many required courses, leaving room for only a few optional courses.
The University of Ottawa recognizes the value of interdisciplinary research and teaching. The Institute of the Environment brings together professors and students from different faculties to work collaboratively on environmental sustainability challenges. Hosting the program at the institute reflects the multidisciplinary character of environmental issues.