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Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies Acadia University




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Environmental and Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary subject that will challenge you to combine skills and knowledge from a variety of different fields. You will gain a more complete understanding of natural and human environments, and you will be ready to lead change.

Acadia’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESST) major develops environmental leaders, managers and professionals who are critical and insightful thinkers as well as creative problem solvers. We strive for you to become skilled in leading transformational change towards more sustainable, just, and socially responsible lifestyles, communities, institutions and societies through a broad range of career pathways across the non-profit, government and private sectors. Your professors are productive and respected researchers and scholars who are fully immersed in solving critical and pressing environmental and sustainability problems as well as creating a stimulating learning setting.

ESST is academically challenging with a focus on interdisciplinary learning that takes a conceptual problem-solving approach to understanding and tackling major sustainability issues in society. Our experiential learning approach serves to integrate both the conceptual and applied aspects of the program. Service to the community and society through engaged learning opportunities is the cornerstone of your Acadia experience. Through these experiences, you will further develop your sense of citizenship, especially with respect to environmental and sustainable stewardship.

Future Careers

  • Alternative energy policy analysis and implementation
  • Community sustainability planning
  • Ecotourism
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental research
  • Government environmental and sustainability positions
  • Green business and purchasing
  • Law
  • Non-governmental environmental organizations
  • Park and open spaces management
  • Policy analysis
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Teaching

Co-Op Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Course options

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Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees

CAD$17,884.00 (9,81,805) per year




Acadia University

15 University Avenue,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B4P 2R6, Canada

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have completed a senior high school.

English Language Requirements

Acadia's English requirements are as follows:

  • TOEFL - 90 IBT with no subtest score below 20
  • IELTS - 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0
  • CAEL - 70 with no subtest score below 60
  • PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60
  • Cambridge English: Advanced - 176 with no subtest score below 169
  • MELAB – 80

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