Environmental Sciences (MES or MSc)

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The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) offers programs of study leading to MSc and MES degrees. Graduate studies in SES are designed to train people to work independently and imaginatively with a high level of technical skill and scientific acumen. It is expected that the graduates of the programs will provide leadership in research and training in academic, government, and industrial sectors of society and who will participate in the formulation and implementation of constructive national and international science policy.

Potential Faculty Advisors

Two ways to complete your degree

  • The Master of Science (MSc) develops and trains graduate students that possess a high level of knowledge in the field of environmental science, expertise in specific aspects of environmental science (their thesis research focus), training in laboratory and field techniques, and excellence in writing and oral communication. Full details on the MSc program are available through the SES website.
  • The Masters of Environmental Sciences (MES) is a one-year program with the objective to provide a foundation on which students and professionals can study the most recent theoretical and technical advances in the environmental sciences through interdisciplinary (depth) and multidisciplinary (breadth) teaching and research. Full details on the MES program are available through the SES website.

How to Apply

Student Profiles

Get a glimpse of a typical day for these grad students in the School of Environmental Sciences. More grad student profiles can be found here

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Sara Stricker
Environmental Sciences
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Zach Telfer
Environmental Science
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Haley Matschke
Environmental Science

Meet the Profs

Say hello to the professors of the School of Environmental Sciences in these 60 second snapshot videos. More faculty videos can be found here. 

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Prof. Youbin Zheng
Plant and Environmental Health, Urban Agriculture
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Prof. Kari Dunfield
Soil and Environmental Microbiology
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Prof. Madhur Anand
Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity

Find Out More

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Contact Us

Jennifer LaPorte
Graduate Program Assistant
519-824-4120, Ext. 53937

Food science students working in a lab.

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Plant Agriculture (MSc)


A landscape architecture project.

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Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)