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Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are currently being accepted.

Information about our programs can be found below. Clicking on the "Apply Now" button for any program will bring up information about application procedures and forms.

Tuition for 2022-23 Academic Year

The SENS tuition rates for 2022-23 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.  For up to date details, please contact carolyn.pytlyk@usask.ca.   

Final tuition rates will be announced in late March 2022 after approval by the University’s Board of Governors and subsequently posted on the SENS website.  Learn more about graduate tuition here.

Graduate Degree Programs - Professional

The SENS professional programs are shorter, course-based Master degrees (1-year, full time; 2 years, part-time) that culminate in a one-semester community-based or applied project instead of a research thesis. Students do not identify a supervisor before applying and do not receive a stipend.

Master of Sustainability: Energy Security

The mission of the Energy Security stream is to empower a network of northern, Indigenous, remote, and career professionals through distance education and purpose-driven practical experience to lead sustainable community energy development. Students graduating from this program will have workforce-ready skills to lead renewable energy development projects in communities across the world. Taught by faculty who work directly in the industry, the Energy Security program is the only one of its kind in North America, with opportunities for both domestic and international internships. Career prospects include job titles such as Community Energy Planner, Clean Energy Researcher, Sustainability Educator, and Renewable Energy Developer.

Master of Sustainability: Regenerative Sustainability

The Regenerative Sustainability stream of the Master of Sustainability program is designed to equip the next generation of thinkers and planners to move beyond simply sustaining the environment towards regenerating ecological and social systems for more fundamental transformation. Our mission is to empower our graduates to catalyze positive, transformative, changes in socio-ecological systems by engaging with the latest developments in sustainability thinking and practice. Career prospects include job titles such as Environmental Manager, Communications Officer, Environmental Educator, and Sustainability Coordinator. 

Master of Water Security

The MWS is a cross-disciplinary, project-based and professional-style program. Graduates are prepared to address complex water problems, with training in science, engineering and policy analysis enabling them to investigate water security issues of regional, national and international significance. Graduates are ready to pursue careers as water scientists, managers and policy-makers with the necessary expertise needed to tackle the complex water problems facing us now, and in the future. 

Graduate Degree Programs - Thesis

The MES/PhD is a research-based Master or Doctoral degree program, with a limited course load. Students are responsible for finding a SENS faculty member to act as their supervisor before applying. Completion of the degree requires, among other things, a written thesis and oral defense. Students receive a stipend for a minimum of two years (Masters) or first three years (PhD) of their program.


Environment and Sustainability
Master (MES) and PhD

Through interdisciplinary learning and research experiences, students will advance their understanding of sustainability challenges in today’s world. Students will explore a wide range of scientific, technical, political, social, economic, and institutional factors that shape environmental and sustainability problems, their management and their potential solutions.

Graduate Programs-at-a-Glance

Water Security 


Environment and Sustainability
Regenerative Sustainability
Energy Security

12-month program (full-time)

24-month program (part-time)

Research can be community-based

Applicant does not need to identify a supervisor

Applicant identifies supervisor to work with during the application process*

Self-funded (successful applicant pays tuition). Minimal scholarship funding is available

Applicants should seek funding from desired supervisor. Scholarships are available

*Applicants need to secure the written support of a faculty supervisor before applying to the MES or PhD programs. Tips on finding a faculty supervisor

International Students - Immigration Questions

If you are an international student, please connect with the International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC). They have the latest information on study permits, post-graduate work permits (PGWP) and other student immigration inquiries.

As of March 2021, programs that are temporarily online due to COVID-19 (but that would normally be offered in person) may be eligible for a study permit and PGWP. Learn more from IRCC online about how Covid-19 may impact you as an international student. Students can also visit Usask Covid-19 Updates on International Students. 

Students who wish to begin an academic program online abroad that normally requires in-person attendance are advised to apply for a study permit before commencing their studies online, as the program of study may still require the student to be in Canada in the future (subject to travel restrictions).

Programs that are offered online permanently (not due to COVID-19) are not eligible for a study permit or a PGWP. The SENS M.Ss. Energy Security is being offered permanently online, and not as a result of COVID-19.


Learn more about the MESPOM, a master course in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management offered jointly with six consortium universities.


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.