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Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BA, BCD)




What will I learn?

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.

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Be Inspired

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$19,543.00 (US$ 14,537) per year
Application deadline

Expected September 2023

Start date

9 January 2023


Faculty of Arts

Room 224, Beveridge Arts Centre,


Nova Scotia (NS),

B4P 2R6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Those applying to the Bachelor of Theology normally have a high school diploma, or equivalent, with five Grade 12 academic courses, including English 12 (or equivalent), and a minimum overall average of 70%. A grade of 2.0 is necessary for each course to apply that course toward the Bachelor of Theology degree. A CGPA of 2.0 is necessary to graduate.

For international students

All programs require senior high school completion for admission.

English Requirements

TOEFL - 90 IBT with no subtest below 20

IELTS - 6.5 with no subtest score below 6.0

CAEL/CAEL Online - 70 with no subtest score below 60

PTE Academic - 61 with no subtest score below 60

Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam (CAE): Pass A,B or C - 180 or above with no subtest score below 173

PELMO - 65 with no section below 30

Cambridge B2 First Exam (FCE): Pass A - 180 with no subtest score below 173

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

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