“Working alongside students and faculty in fields other than my own strengthened my work, taught me to understand sustainability in a more holistic way, and helped me find my way as an emerging environmental practitioner.” 

Shannon Dyck, MES '12, environmental coordinator, City of Saskatoon & director, Radiance Cohousing Development Inc., Saskatoon, SK


The Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) is a thesis-based program that provides students with the opportunities and skills to advance their understanding of sustainability challenges in today’s world.  Education in complex problem solving, the foundations of sustainability, and research skills prepares students to play a significant role in knowledge generation, translation and decision-making. Students can explore the meaning of interdisciplinary research by considering a wide range of scientific, technical, political, social, economic, and institutional factors that shape environmental and sustainability problems, their management and their potential solutions.

MES students collaborate with outstanding faculty members from a variety of backgrounds, including hydrology, economics, sociology, geography, political science, biology, engineering, toxicology and education. Our large and diverse community of core, associate and adjunct faculty allows our students to find the right supervisor for their research interests. 

Interdisciplinarity at SENS

SENS faculty work jointly, but from disciplinary and specific fields, to collaborate and integrate the analytical strength of two or more disciplines to address common problems. Our version of interdisciplinarity is primarily methodological and charismatic. Similar disciplines and fields of study (e.g. water sciences, toxicology/biology, social sciences) tend to work together in highly organized projects. We also have individuals leading projects across a broad range of fields of study in more loosely organized domains. SENS faculty believe that by practicing this type of interdisciplinarity they learn new methodologies, integrate concepts from other disciplines, can better convey information about a problem to others, and make lasting partnerships with people outside of the U of S and the world of academia.


Check back often to our opportunities page to view a list of MES positions our faculty are actively recruiting for.


Tuition rates for the 2019-2020 thesis based programs are listed here, under the heading "Graduate Studies - Master and PhD - Environment & Sustainability".

In addition, students are required to pay these applicable student fees.

Additional Fees: ENVS 806 (Field Skills in Environment and Sustainability) has an additional fee of $400 CDN plus GST to cover the field component of the class. This fee is subject to change by year. Payable when tuition is due.

Visit grad.usask.ca for more information. 


All those with grade point averages of 80% or higher who successfully apply to the school’s thesis‐based programs will be considered for support or scholarship on the basis of merit. Several types of financial support are available through the School of Environment and Sustainability and the University of Saskatchewan.

Dean's Scholarship

The Dean's Scholarship is offered to students who have outstanding academic records, show research promise and are registering for the first time in a thesis-based graduate program. Faculty or academic units make nominations for the Dean’s Scholarships; students do not apply directly.

For more information, please visit the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Scholarships through CGPS

The College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers a broad range of scholarships to assist students. International students also have access to CGPS-administered awards

Other graduate-level awards may be accessed through the CGPS awards database.

External Agencies and Government Funding

Eligible students may hold other awards, such as those provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Fulbright Scholar Funding

The Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program strengthens binational collaborative research and promotes thoughtful public debate on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States and the relationship between the two countries. American graduate students are eligible for up to $15,000 to study and/or conduct research at participating Canadian universities (including the University of Saskatchewan) for the academic year.


Alumni Profiles

Olena Pavlyuk, MES '16, is a principal architect, Vice President and Director for CONCEPT PLUS Architecture and Engineering in Saskatoon where she provides the full scope of architectural consulting services. Her MES thesis explored uncertainty disclosure and consideration in Canadian Environmental Impact Assessment, working with supervisors Bram Noble and Jill Blakely. She also holds Master of Economics and a Master of Architecture degrees. 
Christian Asante, MES '15, is a second year PhD student at Boston College in Massachusetts. His SENS degree focused on avian and freshwater ecology and community engagement with supervisor Tim Jardine. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of Ghana. 
Kiri Staples, MES '14, is a PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar with the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Her SENS degree focused on gender and decision-making on natural resource co-management boards with supervisor David Natcher. Following her MES degree she held the position of project manager for the Delta Dialogue Network, a network hosted at SENS. Hailing from the Yukon, Kiri also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies from Trent University. 
Nils Lokken, MES '15, is a resource management officer for Parks Canada in Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan. His MES thesis focused on wildlife co-management in Nunavut working with supervisor Douglas Clark. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from the University of Alberta. 
Rosa Brannen, MES '15, is a research associate with the Global Institute of Water Security at the U of S. Her MES research focused on streamflow generation in the Prairie Pothole Region working with supervisor Andrew Ireson. She holds a Bachelor of Science in geography from the University of Saskatchewan. 
Matt Harmin, MES '14, is a sustainability coordinator with Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. His MES thesis focused on the contributions and teachings that multiple ways of knowing can make to transformative sustainability education. He also holds a interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Japanese studies and sustainable agriculture from the University of Kentucky. 

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