Centre for Environment and Sustainability

Admission Requirements

2015 MES Program application period begins October 15, 2014  

The MES degree is a dynamic course-based interdisciplinary program designed for students interested in equipping themselves with the skills and experience needed to compete for an entry level position as an environmental professional with a potential for leadership in industry, a non-governmental organization, or a government department. The program is open to students from a variety of academic backgrounds. Applications to the program beginning September 2015 will be accepted beginning October 15, 2014.


The MES is an intense, interdisciplinary program that requires exceptional learning abilities and drive. You should have a strong foundation in a discipline, with a keen interest in and a commitment to learning information and approaches from other disciplines and fields. You will need flexibility and willingness to acquire new skills, including new concepts, ideas and principles that define and inform other disciplines. A basic level of skill in writing, numeracy and scientific reasoning is assumed. You also need to have strong leadership skills, creativity and an ability to work cooperatively in teams. Academic excellence is a priority for the program, along with 'real-world' experience, so each application will be considered with these two priorities in mind.

Applicants are required to be in their final year or have completed a four-year baccalaureate degree in any discipline (BA, BSc, BESc, BES, BMSc for example), from an accredited university and achieved a minimum 78% average in the last two years of study. Applicants with averages below the required 78% (but with at least a 75% average) will be considered if strong evidence of relevant work experience is presented. The average is calculated using all course results from the last two full years of study, equating to 10 full courses or 20 half course credits. Applicants in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply with an incomplete transcript. Offers of Admission based on incomplete transcripts will be conditional, based upon the delivery and satisfactory assessment of the final transcript.

Need help with calculating your undergraduate average? This tool will be of assistance to prospective students with undergraduate degree transcripts from Canadian universities.

How to Apply

Start date for application period: October 15, 2014 for the program beginning September 2015

Western's on-line system allows applicants to upload copies of official documents for the purpose of initial assessment. Applicants will be required to submit  official and final documents upon receipt of a Conditional Offer of Admission.

Applicants completing a bachelor's degree at the time of application to the MES program are asked to submit their incomplete degree transcript for assessment after first term results for the final year have been recorded on the transcript. The entrance average will be based on the grades presented on the transcript at the time of submission.

Required Documents and Submissions for initial assessment 

Domestic Applicants
(Canadian Citizens)

Permanent Residents of Canada (PR Card holders)
In addition to the above list for domestic applicants, Permanent Residents are required to submit

International Applicants (Study Permit required)
In addition to the above list for domestic applicants, international applicants are required to submit

Referees, Statement of Academic Intent and English Proficiency


Applicants will provide the contact information for their referees on the on-line application. Referees will receive an Email from Western and access to the Reference Form. The form will be completed on-line and sent directly back to Western, from the referee. Applicants are expected to monitor the system for submission of their reference forms. 

Who can be a Referee?

Statement of Academic Intent

The Statement of Academic Intent provides an opportunity for applicants to freely express their interest in the program while providing information useful to determining the suitability of the candidate for entry into the program. The evaluation of your statement will focus on both content and the effective expression of your interest in the program as it relates to your particular goals and aspirations. Attention will be paid to writing skill and style in terms of organization, cohesive and concise articulation of thought, clarity of expression, and proper use of grammar and punctuation.

Applicants are encouraged to use the following list of topics as a guide for organizing the content of their statement:

Required Format for Statement of Academic Intent:

English Language Proficiency Scores (when English is a second language)

Students in the MES Program are called upon to exercise their communication skills frequently within the classroom (daily) and through written assignments, group work and oral presentations. A strong command of the English language in all areas (oral, reading, writing, listening, comprehension) is required for success in this dynamic fast-paced environment. Students must be prepared to complete reading and writing assignments within short time frames as well as contribute productively to discussions in class without advanced or comprehensive exposure to materials presented. Group work and participation in class demands strong listening skills and comprehension of the language at an advanced level.

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by submission of one of the following tests. An acceptable test score is one that meets or exceeds the minimum standard of achievement and is no more than two years old at the time of application.

TOEFLiBT, internet based version minimum score of 94
Read and Listen minimum score 22;Speak minimum score 26;Write minimum score 24

TOEFL-CBT Computer-based test (electronic version) minimum acceptable score 240
Reading minimum score 22;Listening minimum score 22;Structure/Writing minimum score 26

TOEFL-PBT Paper-based test minimum acceptable score 587
Reading minimum score 56;Listening minimum score 56;Written Expression minimum 61


Other formal evidence of graduate level proficiency in English may be considered in lieu of these test scores.The university reserves the right to request a test score from applicants in this circumstance at a later date, as a condition of acceptance into the program. A decision will be made at the discretion of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for exemption.

Please see Application Recommendations for more information on successful completion of a program application.

On-line Application Assistance

Carefully read on-line account instructions and record and retain your on-line application identification information to re-enter the application system to check or add items. The MES Program does not have access to your application ID and cannot provide you with assistance related to application access or other technical issues. Contact information for on-line application technical assistance is provided at point of application. 

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