Sustainability Management

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) program provides the training for graduates to act outside the traditional disciplinary black boxes; integrate knowledge from management, social, and natural sciences to address sustainability issues; and make leading contributions and lasting advances in sustainability management.

The program is unique among science and management graduate programs by providing a strong foundation in sustainability management while offering an opportunity to specialize in a management or science concentration.

The program is designed for students from diverse backgrounds such as management science, social science, natural science, and engineering. The program was developed in consultation with leaders and future employers in business, non-profit, research, and government organizations.

The MScSM degree is for individuals who want to pursue management careers in sustainability-related divisions and organizations.

Students may also be interested in combined degree programs:


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MScSM:

15-Mar-2020

MScSM:

15-Mar-2020

Supporting documents deadline MScSM:

15-Mar-2020

MScSM:

15-Mar-2020

Minimum admission average MScSM:

mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

MScSM:

mid-B in final year of bachelor’s

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MScSM:

After

MScSM:

After

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? MScSM:

No

MScSM:

No

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MScSM:

Applicant

MScSM:

Applicant

Program length (full-time only) :

5 sessions


​Master of Science in Sustainability Management

Program Description

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) is an interdisciplinary, course-based professional program. The program provides education that integrates knowledge from management, social, and natural sciences to address sustainability issues. The MScSM provides a strong foundation in sustainability management while offering an opportunity to specialize in a management or science concentration. The program is designed for students from diverse educational backgrounds such as management, social science, natural science, and engineering. The program was developed in consultation with leaders and prospective employers in business, non-profit, research, and government organizations.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Institute for Management and Innovation's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate undergraduate degree from a recognized university in any area of natural science, social science, management, and engineering or any management, environment, or natural resource-driven background with a standing equivalent to at least a mid-B in the final year of the program.

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics or mathematics course (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE] or equivalent).

  • Resumé/curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Letter of intent outlining the applicant's interest in sustainability issues (750 words).

Program Requirements

Management Concentration
  • Coursework. A total of 9.0 FCEs as follows:

    • 6.0 FCEs (10 required courses) including SSM 1090H Capstone Course and SSM 1100Y Research Paper

    • 3.0 FCEs (6 elective courses) selected by chosen concentration as follows:

      • 2.0 FCEs from the Management elective courses

      • 1.0 FCE from the Science elective courses.

  • Internship. A summer internship placement (two to four months).

Science Concentration
  • Coursework. A total of 9.0 FCEs as follows:

    • 6.0 FCEs (10 required courses) including SSM 1090H Capstone Course and SSM 1100Y Research Paper

    • 3.0 FCEs (6 elective courses) selected by chosen concentration as follows:

      • 2.0 FCEs from the Science elective courses

      • 1.0 FCE from the Management elective courses.

  • Internship. A summer internship placement (two to four months).

Program Path
Year 1: Fall
​SS​M 1010Y
​Principles of Sustainability Management​
​SSM 1020H
Decision Making for Sustainability Management​
​SSM 1040H
​Managerial Economics for Sustainability Management​
​SSM 1050H
Ecosystem Science​
Year 1: Winter
SSM 1030H
​Environmental Science​
SSM 1060H​
Managing Sustainable Organizations
​SSM 1070H
​Sustainability Law and Policy
SSM 1080H
​Strategies for Sustainability Management​
​Plus 0.5 FCE elective​
Year 1: Summer
​SSM 1110H
Sustainability Management Internship​
Year 2: Fall​​
​SSM 1100Y
Research Paper​
​Plus 1.5 FCE elective ​
Year 2: Winter
SSM 1090H
​Capstone Course—Sustainable Enterprise
​SSM 1100Y
Research Paper
​​Plus 1.0 FCE elective​​

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Yongshan He

“The faculty members I’ve met at U of T are all very friendly, so don’t be shy.”

Yongshan He
PhD Candidate, East Asian Studies
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