"SENS has opened up an enormous amount of opportunities for me that I didn't believe possible. I've been able to share my research at international conferences; organize local expert panels; lead an entire conference on my topic; work alongside industry to move the dial on our energy transition; and much more.

The faculty, students, and staff at SENS are collaborative and energized to the goal of moving sustainability into action. SENS is there to support you in your graduate studies journey. My advice for new students—don’t follow the beaten path and allow yourself to be open to all the wonderful experiences that SENS has to offer." ​

-Martin Boucher, PhD Candidate. His research focuses on renewable energy in micro-grid communities in the circumpolar north. While at the U of S, he has received a Queen Elizabeth II scholarship, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, the Nexen Scholarship in Energy, Environment and Sustainability and a Peter MacKinnon Fellowship. He holds an MA in integrated studies from Athabasca University and Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.


SENS PhD student Lucia Scaff from Santiago, Chile works with faculty supervisor Yanping Li on research into mountain climate modelling in the Rocky Mountains and catastrophic events.

This dissertation-based degree is for students who want an advanced education in researching 21st century sustainability challenges.  Our PhD students attain a deep understanding of sustainability concepts while designing and implementing their own original research. These interdisciplinary scholars demonstrate excellence in their fields of study and are ready to become leaders in academia, industry, non-profit organizations and the public sector.

PhD 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. 

Course Information

For course information, visit the course catalogue.  


Check back often to our opportunities page to see PhD 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.

The program provides Doctoral Scholarships ($22,000 for up to three years) and Masters Scholarships ($18,000 for up to two years). 

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.


Student and Alumni Profiles

Ranjan Datta, PhD '15, is a research facilitator with the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. In this role he guides faculty through the grant writing process and facilitates collaborations between departments, colleges and universities. His PhD research focused on Indigenous perspectives on environmental sustainability with supervisor Marcia McKenzie. He also holds an MSS in Sociology from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh, and an MA in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University, New Jersey, United States. 

Badrul Masud, PhD '16, is a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Alberta where he is working on the assessment of the dynamic water footprint in the agricultural sector and water-related risks and opportunities for beef industries in Alberta. His PhD research focused on modelling hydro-climate extremes working with Naveed Khaliq and Howard Wheater. He holds a MS from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a MEng in Agricultural Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology.

Colleen George, PhD '15, is a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Thunder Bay, Ontario where she works on the human dimensions of sustainable resource management, specifically in the areas of forestry and mining development. Her PhD research focused on environmental governance and just sustainability working with supervisor Maureen Reed. She holds a BSc in biology and a BA in political science from McMaster University and an MES in northern environments and cultures from Lakehead University. 
Jean Kayira, PhD '13, is a core faculty member and associate director in the Environmental Studies Department of Antioch University New England. There she teaches masters and doctoral courses and co-directs three programs, including the Keene Community Garden Connections and The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation. Jean holds an MA in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University and a BA in Education Science from the University of Malawi. Her PhD thesis focused on Indigenous knowledge and sustainability through agriculture, working with supervisor Marcia McKenzie.
Jaivime Evaristo, PhD '16, is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada Reno where he runs the Stable Isotope Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry lab. His research integrates laboratory and field studies with quantitative data science methodologies linking geology, ecology, biology, biogeochemistry and hydrology. As a second year PhD student with SENS he published an article in Nature documenting global-wide evidence that appears to support the theory that soil water is compartmentalized (the 'two water worlds' hypothesis) into water used by plants and water that recharges streams. He holds a MS in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, he was presented with the Global Institute for Water Security's Best Doctoral Thesis Award. 

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