Sustainability (MS)

Human activities are shaping the Earth. Addressing the interactions between social and ecological systems requires new perspectives and academic approaches. Our graduate program aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability. The transdisciplinary focus of the program breaks down traditional barriers between disciplines, encouraging the cross-pollination of ideas that will generate novel solutions and new opportunities. Brock University is located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – a site seeking to reconcile social, economic and biophysical challenges confronting societies around the globe.

Entry point:

  • September


  • Scheme A: Course work, co-op placement and major research paper – 4 terms (16 months)
  • Scheme B: Course work and thesis – 6 terms (2 years)
  • Scheme C: Course work and MRP –  3 terms (1 year)

This program is funded for the defined length above as outlined on our financial page.

Application deadline:

  • February 4
  • This program is no longer accepting applicants for fall 2022 entry. 
  • Applications are expected to open in mid-October for fall 2023 entry.

Admission requirements

  1. Check the university requirements and the program requirements.
  2. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee.
  3. You will need to submit your transcripts as well as the following program-specific materials:
    • Two academic references are required.
    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • A Written Statement of Intent (in English) — The statement of intent should convey rationale for seeking entry to the program as well as describe how it advances their academic and professional aspirations. This is written as a formal essay (with cited references in text) of no more than two pages in length. Applicants should indicate their specific research interests as they relate to the field of sustainability science, experience relevant to the program and their career aspirations and plans. Applicants must indicate their intention to pursue Scheme A or Scheme B.
    • Students should consult the listing of core faculty and indicate their top three choices on the application.

Career outcomes

  • Government Agencies
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Research Think Tanks
  • Community Planning with Municipalities
  • Post Secondary Institutions
  • Energy Sector
  • Sustainability Consultancy
  • Doctoral Studies (PhD)
  • Public Affairs and Communications