What will I learn?

Dig into some of the most critical issues facing the earth today: the climate crisis, the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services provisions from nature. In the Sustainable Environmental Management program, you will investigate how the environment and natural resources are managed, and how we can transition toward more sustainable systems. You’ll learn key problem-solving, innovation and holistic strategies, combined with an understanding of policy, social dynamics with applied aspects of environmental science and technology.

As you learn first-hand about energy, water, biodiversity, food and waste, you will develop the technical skills to analyze, synthesize and evaluate political, economic and social dimensions of environmental problems develop pathways to sustainability transitions and innovation, especially those that address environmental and social injustices.

You will explore such critical issues as:

  • Low-carbon energy transition
  • Environmental policy and governance
  • Ecological economics
  • Climate change science and mitigation
  • Urban ecology
  • Sustainable and just transitions
  • Community energy and planning
  • wildlife conservation

Students benefit from practical experience through hands-on classroom activities, field and lab-based exercises, and community engagement. The program offers educational work placements and opportunities to participate in the Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica.

You will develop transferrable skills in critical thinking, leadership, and project management to effectively engage in environmental issues in government, the private sector, and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and abroad, and make positive contributions toward a sustainable future.

Sample Courses

  • Foundations in Environmental Management
  • Sustainability and Just Transitions
  • Energy Environment
  • Work Placement
  • Climate Change Mitigation

Career Paths

  • Sustainability officer
  • Energy analyst
  • Policy advisor
  • Waste management specialist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Government biologist
  • ENGO professional

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$32,416.00 (US$ 26,201) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

HNES Building,

4700 Keele Stree,


Ontario (ON),

M3J 1P3, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Six 4U/4M courses, including ENG4U, NBE4U or FRA4U. Students from other countries should have country specific requirements equivalent to Canada.

Accepted Language Tests and Scores

TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT: 83

IELTS International English Language Testing Service (Academic Module): 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic: 60

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): 60

Cambridge English Language Assessment (CAE, CPE): 176 from C1 Advanced

Duolingo: 115

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Durham College
  • Fleming College