Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies M.A.
Applications for September 2023 intake are CLOSED.
Contemplate the critical environmental, economic, social, and cultural challenges of our time. Solve problems. Lead the way.
In Sustainability Studies at Trent, you will have the opportunity to turn interdisciplinary inquiry into insight to solve problems and increase sustainability.
The first program of its kind in Canada, this program encourages you to tailor your educational experience. Pursue your interests as you explore the sustainability of human societies and the natural environment.
At Trent, you will work with award-winning scholars, leading academics and practitioners as you contemplate complex challenges. Your education and research will be contributing directly to the understanding of environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, and social responsibility. Whether you’re headed for further academic training, or setting out to meet the growing demand for highly qualified personnel in the public and private sectors, you will be preparing to make a difference.
- Make connections with organizations that strive to minimize the environmental footprint while contributing to the economic and social advancement of communities in which they operate.
- Prepare for a cutting-edge career in the green economy, social enterprise and entrepreneurship.
- Live and learn in a spectacular campus that walks the talk of a sustainable community.
Help to meet the increasing worldwide demand for organizational sustainability professionals by choosing the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management stream.
As a dedicated Sustainability Studies student who is committed to enacting change, you can pursue interdisciplinary inquiry and solve problems through course work, research and experiential learning opportunities.
At Trent, a Canadian originator of academic programming in this area, you will gain real-world experience through a full-time, co-op field placement in year two of your degree. Guided by complementary course instruction in research methods, professional development and entrepreneurship, you will acquire the tools and expertise to address complex social and environmental challenges in practical ways.
With the support of award-winning scholars, leading academics and practitioners, your action research will be contributing directly to existing scholarship and professional practice related to environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and social responsibility. You will be prepared to lead, build, and maintain start-up enterprises and small, growing operations in the public and private sectors.
Sustainability Studies M.A. website
- Full- or part-time studies
- Thesis-based, major research paper, internship or Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management streams
- Thesis stream: 24 months, Internship and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management streams: 16 months, Major Research Paper stream: 12 months
- September intake only
Please review the various streams and their requirements.
- B.Sc. or B.A. honours degree (a four year undergraduate bachelor's degree) in a related field
- At least A- (80%) in the last ten (10) undergraduate credits
- Appropriate previous education and training, plus feasible proposed course of study and research project
- A foundation in appropriate research methodology
- A potential supervisor must be chosen as an admission requirement to this program and this must be discussed in your plan of study
(Please visit our Faculty and Research Page for our listing of faculty and areas of research. An applicant must reach out to a faculty member)
A GRE test score is not required for admission into this program
Post-secondary transcripts and graduation certificates (where applicable) of all previous undergraduate and graduate work are required. This includes transcripts for courses taken on a Letter of Permission, for transfer credit, or on an exchange program. Transcripts must show all course work completed and grades received. If applicable, evidence of degree completion is required. Transcript must include a grading scale or transcript legend.
Please note: Transcripts are not required to be official and final when applying to the School of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts are only required to be submitted if an applicant receives an offer of admission.
Previous or current Trent University students do not need to submit a transcript for degree and course work completed at Trent University. Transcripts must be submitted for any course work completed at another institution – i.e.) study abroad, letter of permission, transfer credit.
Two Letters of Reference
Academic references are required. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting. The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. It Is required for applicants to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants who completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university in Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the USA are exempt from this requirement. If you have completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university where the primary language of instruction is English, the School of Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency.
For detailed information about English Language Proficiency requirements, see International Applications.
Plan of Study template
Typically 1-2 pages, outlining applicant's objectives in a graduate program. Any specific research interests (if known), relevant experiences, and/or career aspirations can be included. The potential supervisor should be identified in your plan of study.
A Writing Sample
Submit a sample of your writing of about 20 pages or less. Writing samples preferred format is PDF. Hard copies will not be accepted. Good choices for writing samples include: an undergraduate essay, lab report, research report, journal article, a chapter from a masters thesis, or a published article.
Detailed Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate) will be requested, only if an offer of admission is made.
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