Centre for Environment and SustainabilityWestern Science

Admission and Program Requirements

Admission for Registered Graduate Students

The Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program is not a direct entry program. Graduate students may apply to the program following admission to and registration in a HOME Program (department), where the student will have a research supervisor, complete a research thesis and earn a graduate degree in a specific discipline.  

Program Entry Restrictions

Masters Year 1: Home Program Entry Collaborative Program Application
May start Eligible for September entry
September start Eligible for September entry
January start Ineligible to apply to program
PhD Year 1: Home Program Entry Collaborative Program Application
May start Eligible for entry in September of Year 1 or Year 2
September start Eligible for entry in September of Year 1 or Year2
January start Eligible for entry in September of Year 2

Masters students: admission is restricted to students entering their first year of studies in a home department either the May or September term. Students entering their home program in the January term are ineligible to apply. 

Masters students enrolled in course-based or one-year home department programs are ineligible to apply. 

PhD students: admission is restricted to students entering their first year of studies in a home department, but may seek entry to the program as late as the first term of their second year of studies.

Research Interests

The applicant must be completing research (in any discipline) that is related to the study of the environment or sustainability.

Permission

The applicant must have the permission of the home department research supervisor to participate in the Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program.

Good Academic Standing

Applicants in the process of completing home program degree requirements must be in "good academic standing" in the home program.

Attendance and Participation

Applicants will be prepared to participate fully in the program. Attendance and overall program participation is required in order to successfully advance through the program.

About Home Programs

The Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program welcomes graduate students from all faculties and departments. A list of home programs includes but is not limited to: Chemistry, Engineering, Political Science, Anthropology, History, Microbiology and Immunology, Geography, Biology, Physics, Law, Business, Computer Science, Sociology, Earth Sciences, Information and Media Studies and the Faculty of Education.

Home Program Admissions

Admission to a home program (department) must occur before application to the collaborative program. Application deadlines and admissions processes are unique to each department and separate from Collaborative Environment and Sustainability Program processes. Prospective Western students will contact and consult directly with home programs to learn about the admissions process in the department that interests them and the method of identification of a home department research supervisor.