Environmental Studies

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

With over 40 years of experience in graduate education, the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) has always challenged the status quo. As Canada's first faculty of its kind, we focus on interdisciplinary research and teaching. In examining ourselves and our environments across the globe, we constantly strive to address critical environmental issues and promote social justice. Our dynamic interests are reflected by the breadth and depth of internationally-recognized research and through the many publications of our faculty. FES Master's and PhD programs are celebrated for the diversity and flexibility they offer. These qualities allow you to bring your own interests to the program, while your passions are nourished and encouraged with the guidance of an equally dedicated Faculty.

Anything involving an environment can be studied in our graduate programs. Examples of past students' research topics include:

  • rethinking climate change policy
  • ecocultural studies
  • democratizing the global city
  • children's environmental education programs in zoos
  • community-based renewable energy development
  • imagining city building for social change
  • theorizing the socioeconomic rights of poor single mothers in Canada
  • the evolution of corporate social responsibility
Stream and Specializations: 

MES Planning Program
Follow MES course requirements that grant you professional certification through the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

Joint MES/JD
Focus your studies on law and the environment through this program, the only one of its kind in Canada, offered jointly through the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School. more >>

Diploma in Business and the Environment
This joint diploma, offered through the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Schulich School of Business, allows you to focus your studies on sustainable business practices while working on your MES or MBA.

Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education
This diploma is offered jointly by the graduate programs in Education and Environmental Studies. It is designed to provide opportunities for educators in schools, community organizations, cultural institutions and advocacy groups to develop expertise and to participate in research, theory and practice in the field of environmental and sustainability education. The diploma is offered to two groups of students:

  • those already enrolled in an Environmental Studies or Education graduate programs; or
  • those not studying for the MES/MEd degree but interested in the diploma alone. Offered through the Faculty of Education only.

MES

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Personal program plan
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 2 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    February 14, 2018 (Domestic Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    February 14, 2018 (International Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • MES
      • Statement of educational and career objectives (500 words)
      • Resumé/CV
      • If you do not meet the minimum requirements: you may still be considered for admission if you have an extensive background in the area you wish to study, including significant writing and analytical experience.
      • See complete MES application instructions on the program website.
    • PhD
      • Writing sample
      • Description of intended area of research (1,000 words)
      • Resumé/CV
      • See complete PhD application instructions on the program website.
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Personal program plan AND
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 4 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    January 10, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • MES
      • Statement of educational and career objectives (500 words)
      • Resumé/CV
      • If you do not meet the minimum requirements: you may still be considered for admission if you have an extensive background in the area you wish to study, including significant writing and analytical experience.
      • See complete MES application instructions on the program website.
    • PhD
      • Writing sample
      • Description of intended area of research (1,000 words)
      • Resumé/CV
      • See complete PhD application instructions on the program website.
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3