Master of Environmental Sustainability (MSc)

Channel your passion for the environment and tackle today’s environmental challenges.

Be it in governance, economics or simply living together, finding innovative solutions to the multifaceted environmental challenges our world faces requires a thorough understanding of where problems come from and why they persist. This program will equip you with the skills to integrate knowledge from key disciplines in environmental sustainability, critically evaluate sustainability policies, develop sustainability plans and strategies, and shape environmental decision-making and creative problem-solving. Many program graduates have successful careers as policy advisers or analysts, leaders of sustainable community initiatives, researchers at think tanks or entrepreneurs.

Gain practical experience in developing actionable solutions.

This unique multidisciplinary program is taught using an experiential approach. The Institute of the Environment has created a capstone project course that lets you work with sustainability professionals on developing tangible solutions to complex real-world environmental challenges. This is combined with a course on professional skills to support your integration in the workplace. You can also choose the CO-OP option, which will enable you to complete two paid work terms and grow your network.

Learn from industry experts at the Institute of the Environment.

The Institute of the Environment is nationally renowned for its Smart Prosperity Institute, a green think tank leading the charge on Canada’s transition to a more sustainable economy. You can learn from SPI experts and collaborate on some of its many research projects bringing together key stakeholders from across disciplines.


  • Courses + capstone project with research paper (12 months)
  • Courses + capstone project with research paper + CO-OP (20 months)



  • Full-time enrolment
  • In-person courses (uOttawa downtown campus)
  • September start
  • Courses taught in English


Apply for admission


Questions on admission? Email the Institute of the Environment.

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Visit the Campus

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 via e-mail at: [email protected]

Please note: In order to ensure the best experience possible during your time on campus, we request that you contact us at least 3 business days in advance of your visit. Thank you for your cooperation.

You are also welcome to contact faculty members of the program directly if you would like to set up a time to meet with them personally. Please view the membership directory for contact information.

We look forward to meeting you.


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