Master’s Programs

The Institute of the Environment offers two interdisciplinary MSc options in environmental sustainability: the MSc with thesis and the MSc with research paper. Both options train students to be among the scientists and professionals who will gain the necessary qualifications to develop effective regulatory and policy solutions to address the complex, multidimensional problems threatening the environment. 
During your studies, you will discover key principles of sustainability in environmental science, economics, law and public policy. You will then create methodologies to integrate and apply this diverse knowledge to address some of the greatest environmental challenges and opportunities of our time.

You have the choice of two MSc options: the MSc with research paper and the MSc with thesis. 

  • The MSc with research paper (31.5 units) can be completed in 12 months of full-time studies. If you wish, you can enrol full time for one additional term as necessary to meet the program requirements. 

  • The MSc with thesis (19.5 units) can be completed in 24 months of full-time studies.

* Currently, compulsory program courses are only offered in English. 
** If you have excellent academic standing and broad professional expertise in environmental studies, economics, law or public policy, you could be admitted to the part-time program.

At the beginning of your first term, you can request to add a CO-OP option. This will allow you to gain relevant work experience by completing two paid work term placements.
You can also work with the Smart Prosperity Institute, a national research network and think tank that’s part of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment. The Smart Prosperity Institute produces world-class research and partners with the private and public sectors to promote the adoption of sounder, greener practices in the areas of public policy and the economy. 

See the interdisciplinary MSc in Environmental Sustainability general information and program requirements

Deadline: February 1 (Canadian students) or December 1 (international students)

This program is under assessment. Applications are not being accepted at this time.

The Institute of the Environment partners with master’s programs on campus to offer a specialization in environmental sustainability. These programs are for students looking to gain some environmental knowledge in addition to the knowledge gained in their main area of study, and who are already admitted to one of the participating University of Ottawa master’s programs. When you complete both your main program and the specialization, your diploma and transcript include a “specialization in environmental sustainability” mention.

For the specialization you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Take EVD 5100 — Seminar in Environmental Sustainability or EVD 5500 — Séminaire en durabilité de l’environnement (3 units)

An overview of environmental sustainability issues using climate change as an example. Application of integrated analysis based on concepts in science, law, economics and public policy. A look at the debate about the scientific evidence of climate change and at international efforts to negotiate agreements. 

  • Research paper or thesis on an environmental sustainability-related topic.

  • Depending on the master’s program you choose, one optional course in environmental sustainability (3 units). 

See the list of pre-approved Institute of the Environment courses (PDF, 724KB).
* EVD 5100 is offered every year. ** EVD 5500 is offered every second year. The list of pre-approved optional courses includes both courses given in English and those given in French.

For program requirements and general information, see these descriptions of the participating programs.

Telfer School of Management

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences

Admission deadlines - Canadian students
Admission deadlines - International students

PhD program

The Institute of the Environment offers a PhD in Environmental Sustainability. The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to educate new leaders and professionals able to develop, analyze and effectively evaluate public policies and institutions addressing the multiple challenges associated with the transition to sustainability. You will learn to look at environmental problems from the perspective of various disciplines, such as science, law, economics and public policy, all of which are critical to the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainable solutions.

You will also deepen your understanding of environmental issues, heighten your critical awareness of the broad range of contributing factors to consider and sharpen your methodological and communication skills in order to present solutions.

You can also work with the Smart Prosperity Institute, a national research network and think tank that’s part of the University of Ottawa’s Institute of the Environment. The Smart Prosperity Institute produces world-class studies and partners with the private and public sectors to promote adoption of sounder, greener practices in the areas of public policy and the economy.

This program is offered in English and in French.

See the PhD in Environmental Studies general information and program requirements.

Deadline: March 1 (Canadian students) or February 1 (international students)

Contact us

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Faculty of Social Sciences
120 University Private
Social Sciences Building
Room 6005
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5
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Tel.: 613-562-5689

[email protected]

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August: closed at 3:30 p.m.)

Supervisor of Graduate Studies in Public and International Affairs

Geranda Notten
Social Sciences Building
Room FSS 6005 D
Phone : 613-562-5800 ext. 4592
[email protected]