The School of The Environment
Our goal at the School of the Environment is to create and interpret knowledge on environmental issues through outstanding academic programs, and to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to make a substantive difference in the world. We are focused on creating new knowledge, training future leaders, engaging and forging partnerships with the wider community, and contributing to positive environmental and social change from the local to the global scale.
The School acts as a hub for researchers and students from many different disciplines spanning the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, bringing together many different perspectives to bear on today’s pressing environmental challenges. With over 120 faculty members conducting research in the areas of environment and sustainability, no other university in Canada can offer students the breadth and depth of environmental-related scholarship found at the University of Toronto.
The School of the Environment offers core programs in two areas: Environmental Science BSc Major and Minor, and Environment Studies BA Major and Minor. These programs are ideally suited to be taken in conjunction with other programs in a related academic field and provide students with a powerful combination of disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth. Students can combine the School’s interdisciplinary core programs with a focused set of discipline-specific courses through its collaborative, and specialist major and minor programs.
Masters in Environment and Sustainability (MES)
Launching in September 2021, the MES is a full-time, 12-month program that responds to the growing need of society to understand and develop solutions to the environmental and human well-being challenges facing us in the 21st century. To encourage transdisciplinary perspectives, each MES student will have an advisory committee comprised of a primary supervisor and two other faculty members from at least two disciplines or departments. Upon graduation, MES graduates will have acquired a transdisciplinary perspective on environmental issues, learned to use methodologies and tools relevant to environmental protection and sustainability solutions, and will be well prepared for a variety of careers in the private and public sectors, or for further studies at the doctoral level.
The School offers Collaborative Specializations in Environmental Studies and Environment and Health. These offer students enrolled in a graduate degree program (at either the masters or doctoral level) at the University of Toronto the opportunity to explore an interdisciplinary area that complements their existing degree program. No additional fees are required for enrollment in a Collaborative Specialization offered by the School of the Environment.