Sustainability (MS)

This program aims to facilitate society’s transition towards sustainability by offering high-quality graduate education. Enriching research and applied experiences and engagement in problem-solving through innovative pedagogy.

The Sustainability Science and Society (SSAS) graduate program offers students three paths to study environmental sustainability. Students can tailor their program to specific career and research interests through enriching classroom learning with practical experience (Scheme A) or intensive research experience (Scheme B). More recently, a third path has been added to this program to offer students (including those with practical/professional experience) enriching classroom learning with in-depth research experience (Scheme C).

Program highlights:

  • Students can complete a Master of Sustainability in 12-24 months.
  • The transdisciplinary SSAS graduate program emphasizes overcoming barriers among traditional disciplines and sectors.
  • Faculty members involved in the SSAS graduate program are leading scholars in many fields. Their expertise spans the natural and social sciences and share a commitment to integrative inquiry. Exciting opportunities exist to join cutting-edge programs of research.
  • Students can engage in intensive and enriching research that they are passionate about. Faculty members mentor students in undertaking their research. Student research may take place here in Niagara or anywhere in the world.
  • Students can apply classroom learning and gain work experience through co-op as part of their academic program to enhance their employment potential. Brock University’s Co-op Programs Office offers exciting & rewarding opportunities with some of Canada’s top employers.

Entry point:

  • September


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

Application deadline:

  • February 3

Applications are accepted until the program is full. Applications submitted after the deadline may be looked at on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications typically open in October.

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 the rationale for seeking entry to the program and describe how it advances the applicant's academic and professional aspirations. This is written as a formal essay (with cited references in text) of no more than two pages. Applicants should indicate their specific research interests related to the field of sustainability science, experience relevant to the program and 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