Sustainability M.A.

This Program leads to a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Sustainability Studies and will carry out interdisciplinary graduate education and research that will improve our understanding of environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, and social responsibility.

The program is designed to enable students to explore the sustainability of human societies and the natural environment and will provide them with the education and training that will prepare them to be intellectual and organizational leaders within academia, government, industry and the non-profit sector.

Our graduates will also be equipped with skills in research and critical thinking that will enable them to pursue a doctorate or further academic training. Graduates from the M.A. in Sustainability Studies will help meet the growing demand for highly qualified personnel who can further environmentally and socially sustainable policies, strategies, and practices in for-profit, non-profit, government, and non-governmental organizations.

Career Options

As a field of study that is quickly gaining momentum and opening opportunities on a number of fronts, graduates can apply their skills in a diverse range of careers and disciplines, including:

  • Social Innovation
  • Leadership and Organization Change
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
  • Green Technology Innovation
  • Social Movement Theory
  • Stakeholder Engagement Models and Cross Sector Collaboration
  • Public Policy and Regulation
  • CSR in Practice
  • Self-Regulation of Industries
  • Metrics for Sustainability
  • Ethical theory and Sustainability
  • Justice and Sustainability
  • Sustainability and Economic Development
  • Sustainability and Indigenous Knowledge


News and Events



Program sponsors Canadian Geographic event at Trent

As part of the' On the Move' campaign, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement and its partner, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, have created a short video highlighting a town hall meeting entitled: At Wood’s Edge: Conversations on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The event, sponsored by the Sustainability Studies Masters program, was hosted by Trent University and featured a panel of CBFA experts and a giant traveling map of Canada’s magnificent boreal forest.  To access the video visit: Canadian Geographic - On the Move at Trent