Welcome to SENS!

Important Dates

Applications for the 2023–2024 academic year open 15 November 2022. (SENS will begin reviewing applications in late-January 2023.)

The deadline to apply is 15 June 2023.

International students are strongly encouraged to apply before 15 March 2023 for in-person programs to ensure enough time for application and study permit processing.

Info Sessions: 2023–2024 Academic Year

SENS hosts virtual information sessions for more information about all our graduate degree and certificate programs. In these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with program directors and staff about the programs and about applying.

Upcoming sessions

6 December 2022 (Tuesday) 7:30pm CST
12 January 2023 (Thursday) 8:00am CST
8 February 2023 (Wednesday)    7:30pm CST
7 March 2023 (Tuesday)        8:00am CST
4 April 2023 (Tuesday)   7:30pm CST
4 May 2023 (Thursday)    8:00am CST
31 May 2023 (Wednesday)   7:30pm CST

Tuition for the 2023–2024 Academic Year

The SENS tuition rates for 2023–2024 are expected to increase slightly across the board (all students, all programs). The international student differential for USask will likely also change for both PhD and Master’s students. 

Final tuition rates will be announced in late March 2023 after approval by the University’s Board of Governors and subsequently posted on the SENS website. Learn more about graduate tuition here.

Undergraduate Certificates

Certificate in Sustainability

Set yourself apart at graduation with this unique opportunity coordinated through SENS. The Certificate in Sustainability enriches most undergraduate degree programs by concentrating on sustainability-related concepts and practices. Students will gain an understanding of how to integrate human-environmental systems within our current reality and how to critically evaluate sustainability efforts. This certificate works well in an interdisciplinary context; consider adding it to a degree in computing science, business, or engineering for maximum flexibility.

Graduate Certificates: Climate Change

The Graduate Certificate in Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Action will provide professionals with an understanding of the relationships among climate science, vulnerability assessments, adaptation development, and management applications. Graduates will support the translation of this understanding by government agencies, private companies, and community planners into specific adaptation plans, leading to climate action.

Note: The climate certificate program will be on hold starting September 2022, and we will not be processing applications at this time. We will announce updates here as they are available.

Graduate Certificates: Energy

The Graduate Certificate in Community Energy Planning and Finance provides tools for planning and financing community renewable energy projects. This certificate can be taken as a standalone program or used to ladder into the Master of Sustainability (MSs).

The Graduate Certificate in Energy Transitions is designed for professionals who seek to better understand how to navigate policy processes for transitioning to renewable energy. This certificate can be taken as a standalone program or used to ladder into the Master of Sustainability (MSs).

Graduate Certificates: Sustainability

The Graduate Certificate in Governance Foundations for Sustainability will help professionals who work with (or within) government agencies to better understand the basic structures of governance, actor groups and policy communities that influence governance, and the present-day imperatives of working with Indigenous peoples. Courses related to reconciliation and negotiation will also provide practical tools to become more effective practitioners when planning and implementing sustainability innovations. This certificate can be taken as a standalone program or used to ladder into the Master of Sustainability (MSs).

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Solutions teaches new strategies to design and implement solutions to sustainability challenges. Courses build competencies towards regenerative design and sustainability alternatives to common sustainability problems by teaching key concepts and practical tools. New professionals and longstanding professionals will become more effective practitioners by learning about sustainability innovations and how to apply them. This certificate can be taken as a standalone program or used to ladder into the Master of Sustainability (MSs).

Graduate Certificates: Water

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Water Management focuses on human dimensions of sustainable water management, including policy approaches and public health. It is designed for professionals who recognize that their work must include a foundational knowledge of how humans affect and are affected by water quality and quantity. This certificate can be taken as a standalone program or used to ladder into the Master of Water Security (MWS).

The Graduate Certificate in Water Resources focuses on enhancing foundational knowledge in water resource and hydrological theory, data analysis, and modelling. It is designed for professionals who seek to build expertise and professional networks. This certificate can be taken as a standalone program or used to ladder into the Master of Water Security (MWS).

The Graduate Certificate in Water Science provides opportunities to apply knowledge in the water sciences to address extant and emerging water quality issues. This certificate is tailored for practitioners with an interest in the water sciences, aiming to deepen their knowledge as it relates to chemical risk, ecosystem management, and hydrogeological processes. This certificate can be taken as a standalone program or used to ladder into the Master of Water Security (MWS).

Questions?

Information about admission requirements and deadlinestuition, applying and more are listed on each program page (find program links above).

If you have any questions, please email sens.admissions@usask.ca.