Our Collaborative Specializations in Environmental Studies and Environment and Health offer students enrolled in a graduate degree program elsewhere at U of T the opportunity to specialize and explore an interdisciplinary area that complements their existing degree program. No additional fees are required for enrolment in the Collaborative Specializations offered by the School of the Environment.
A Collaborative Specialization is not a direct-entry program. Students who wish to enrol in one of the Collaborative Specializations offered by the School of the Environment must be accepted into a Master’s or Doctoral program in another degree granting unit at U of T (a “home department”). We strongly encourage students to apply concurrently to both their degree program and to one of our Collaborative Specializations when completing the online application.
Each of our specializations require students to take one mandatory core course, plus one half‐credit course elective from the School of the Environment list of approved courses. These may be counted as electives towards both the home department and collaborative specialization degree program requirements.
The Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization gives students an opportunity to specialize in an area of environmental research and gain exposure to a wide range of intellectual and methodological disciplines focused on environmental issues.
Master’s and PhD Degree Requirements
Degree requirements for the Environmental Studies (ES) Collaborative Specialization may vary slightly and are listed below. Graduate students from home departments not listed below may still apply to enrol — please contact us for details.
- Adult Education and Community Development
- Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
- Civil Engineering
- Earth Sciences
- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Global Affairs
- Management, Rotman School of
- Planning, Program in Geography
- Political Science
- Public Policy and Governance
- Religion, Study of
- Social Justice Education
- Sustainability Management
- Women and Gender Studies
Environment and Health
The Environment and Health (EH) Collaborative Specialization provides students in the health sciences with a broad environmental perspective and exposes environmental studies students to the health implications of environmental quality. This specialization may also be of interest to students who are concerned with the sociological and policy approaches to the field of environment and health.
Master’s and PhD Degree Requirements
Degree requirements for the Environment and Health (EH) Collaborative Specialization may vary slightly and are listed below. Graduate students from home departments not listed below may still apply to enrol — please contact us for details.
Please refer to the Prospective Students page on the School of Graduate Studies website for details about the departments, international student information, and general application procedures to graduate studies at the University of Toronto.
Once you have chosen the degree program, a home department, and a specialization in the on-line application, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) or your home department will advise the School of the Environment of your application.
After you have received your letter of acceptance from your home department, you must submit the following to the Program Assistant and Graduate Student Advisor at email@example.com; you may also do this after you have started your program of studies.
- A copy of the School of the Environment Specialization Confirmation Form.
- A copy of the on-line application form submitted to your home department.
- A copy of all university transcripts sent to your Home Department. Photocopies are accepted.
- A Statement of Interest outlining the nature of the research you have carried out in the past, and the research you propose to do in your graduate program. This should be typed and not more than one page in length, single-spaced.
- A copy of your Resume/CV.
- A copy of your official offer/acceptance letter.
Prospective students who are planning to enrol in one of the School’s Collaborative Specializations are encouraged to submit copies of the documents indicated above by the application deadline established by your home department. Please contact the home department to which you intend to apply in order to confirm the application deadline.
The School of the Environment allows potential students to enrol in our Collaborative Specializations beyond the deadlines set by their home departments. Once a you have officially registered in one of the collaborating home departments, you may apply to and enrol either in an ES or EH Collaborative Specialization, provided you can complete the program requirements within the time limits set for the completion of your degree program.
Graduate students enrolled in a research paper or coursework stream in their home unit degree program are also required to do an internship as part of the Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization and must fill out and submit the Internship Placement Form.
The purpose of the internship is to provide students with professional work experience involving environmental issues related to their program of study and research. The experience may be either paid or on a voluntary basis, and should consist of the equivalent of at least three months full-time employment. Many students do their internships in the summer term. Off-campus internships are strongly recommended for students to gain practical experience.
The internship is a significant component of the Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization and is designed to offer Master degree students from various academic backgrounds an opportunity to expand their interdisciplinary experience at the practical level and turn their theoretical knowledge into practical skills. The approval of the internship placement is done in consultation with the student’s home unit supervisor, Graduate Chair or Director, and the School of the Environment’s Graduate Associate Director prior to commencing the internship activity.
Please contact the School’s Program Assistant and Graduate Student Advisor for information on current opportunities and to submit the completed form.
Please note: Masters students who do not have an internship component built-in their home unit master’s degree program must register on ROSI or ACORN using the School’s designated code ENV4444Y (internship) at the beginning of the academic year or term in which they plan to take the internship. Please note that if you plan to do the internship during the summer term, you must re-register on ACORN or ROSI for the summer term at the end of the winter/spring term before the registration deadline set by the School of Graduate Studies. Please check the SGS academic calendar for registration deadlines.
Students with relevant environmental work experience gained prior to starting the Environmental Studies Collaborative Specialization may be exempted from their internship requirement with approval from the School of the Environment’s Graduate Associate Director, and the home department’s Graduate Chair. At the time of admission to the home department, fill out and submit the Internship Exemption Form, the SGS Course Exemption Form, a letter to the School of the Environment’s Graduate Associate Director outlining relevant work experience, and supporting documentation from the organization. If the exemption request is approved, this may reduce a student’s length of specialization or coursework load.
Types of Internships
The following internship models have been successfully applied in past years:
- Practical Internship: the student finds work in an organization/company undertaking environmental work for three or more months. The staff of the interning office have the student conduct research and/or perform other duties related to topics that would be acceptable for the research component of their degree. This is the most popular choice of internship.
- School of the Environment Internship or Campus-based Internship: the student undertakes a research project supervised preferably by a faculty member(s) associated with the School of the Environment.
Upon completion of the internship, a written assessment of the student’s performance by the Internship supervisor is required in order for the student to receive credit. This should be one page or less in length and should be written on the organization’s/company’s letterhead and addressed to the Graduate Administrator at the School of the Environment. Internships are evaluated on the basis of credit/non-credit. International Visa students will require a letter from the home department that indicates an internship is required as part of their academic programs.
Research Paper and Thesis Guidelines
The Research Paper
Graduate students enrolled in a coursework or research project stream in their home department are expected to write a research paper as part of their Collaborative Specialization requirements. The research paper must be on an environment related topic and must be supervised by a faculty member from the home department, preferably a member of the graduate faculty of School of the Environment. Students whose faculty supervisors are not appointed to the School of the Environment should contact the Program Assistant and Graduate Student Advisor.
On a case-by-case basis, students who cannot find a research supervisor from their home unit, with express permission from the student’s home department, may be supervised by a professor from the School of the Environment or other participating graduate degree granting unit.
The length, style and format of the research paper are within the discretion of the home department supervisor. The School of the Environment, however, recommends that the research paper be 20-30 double-spaced pages in length.
Types of research papers include:
1. A research paper based on an internship experience.
2. A literature review in an area related to the field of research.
3. A primary research paper based on an area of interest.
If your home department does not have an established research paper designated code, you must use the School’s designated code ENV5555Y when registering on ROSI or ACORN. An electronic copy of the research paper must be submitted to the Graduate Administrator of the School of the Environment along with an email from your supervisor confirming that your paper has been graded (P/F) and approved.
Collaborative Specializations students who pursue a thesis stream degree in their home units are required to write (and if applicable, defend) an environmentally relevant research thesis of acceptable quality. Thesis research should be supervised by one or more faculty members from the home department, at least one of whom is a graduate faculty member of the School of the Environment. An electronic copy of the final approved thesis must be submitted to the School of the Environment Graduate Administrator prior to convocation, along with an email from your supervisor confirming that your thesis has been graded and approved.
2019-2020 Course Schedule
A wide range of interdisciplinary courses are available for both the Environmental Studies and Environment and Health Collaborative Specializations at the School of the Environment. The table below includes the most recent syllabi for ENV courses; for courses with no syllabus linked below, please refer to the website of the graduate unit that offers it.
Note that registration for the core course ENV1001H Environmental Decision Making is restricted. If you wish to take this course, please contact Pavel Pripa, Graduate Student Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each student must complete, sign and submit the SGS Add/Drop course form before requesting to be enrolled. The form then must be submitted to the Graduate Student Advisor of the School.
|COURSE CODE||COURSE NAME||TERM||INSTRUCTOR||SCHEDULE||LOCATION|
|ENV1001HF||Environmental Decision Making||Fall 2019||Tanhum Yoreh||WED 12-3||BL 144 & UC 140||Syllabus|
|ENV1001HS||Environmental Decision Making||Winter 2020||Kate Neville||WED 12-3||AP 120 & SS 2102||Syllabus|
|ENV1002HS||Environmental Policy||Winter 2020||Jessica Green||Not Offered 2019/2020||Syllabus|
|ENV1008HF||Worldviews and Ecology||Fall 2019||Stephen Scharper||WED 2-4||LA 212||Syllabus|
|ENV1103HF||The UofT Campus as a Living Lab of Sustainability||Fall 2019||John Robinson||TUE 2-4||OI 5170||Syllabus|
|ENV1444HS||Capitalist Nature||Winter 2020||Scott Prudham||THU 11-2||HS 705||Syllabus|
|ENV1701HF||Environmental Law||Fall 2019||Paul Muldoon & Graham Rempe||TUE 6:30-9:30||BA 2165||Syllabus|
|ENV1703HS||Water Resource Management and Policy||Winter 2020||Romila Verma||TUE 1-3||BA 2179||Syllabus|
|ENV1704HS||Environmental Risk Analysis and Management||Winter 2020||Christopher Ollson||MON 10-1||UC 161||Syllabus|
|ENV1707HF||Environmental Finance and Sustainable Investing||Fall 2019||Susan McGeachie||MON 6:30-8:30||RT 157||Syllabus|
|ENV2000HF||Topics in Environmental Studies||Fall 2019||Reading Course||N/A|
|ENV2002HF||Special Topics in Environment: Foundations of Global Warming||Fall 2019||Debra Wunch||THU 10:00-12:00||MP 505|
|ENV3000HF||Special Topics in Environment and Health||Fall 2019||Reading Course||N/A|
|ENV3000HS||Special Topics – Environmental and Health||Winter 2020||Graduate Administrator||N/A|
|ENV4001HS||Graduate Seminars in Environment and Health||Winter 2020||Clare Wiseman||WED 4-7||SS 1071||Syllabus|
|ENV4444YY||Internship||Winter 2020||Contact Graduate Administrator||N/A|
|ENV5555YY||Research Paper||Fall 2019||Contact Graduate Administrator||N/A|
|JGE1425HF||Livelihoods, Poverty and Environment in the Developing Countries||Fall 2019||Christian Abizaid||TUE 12-2||SS 5016G||Syllabus|
|JSE1708HS||The Development of Sustainability Thought||Winter 2020||John Robinson||TUE 10-12 & THU 10-12||MK B019||Syllabus|
|CHL5903HS||Environmental Health||Winter 2020||Ray Copes||WED 1-4||TBA|
|CHL5910HF||Occupational and Environmental Hygiene I||Fall 2019||Paul Bozek||WED 9-12||GA 108|
|CHL5911HS||Occupational and Environmental Hygiene II||Winter 2020||Paul Bozek||THUR 9-12||TBA|
|CHL5921H||Protecting the Public from Air Pollution||Winter 2020||Jeremy Scott & Jeff Brook||Mon 1-4|
|CHL7001HS||Environmental Health, Transformative Public Health Education and Policy Change: Education Toward Social and Ecosystem Healing||Winter 2020||TBA||THUR 5-9||HA 409|
|CHM1401HF||Transport and Fate of Chemical Species in the Environment||Fall 2019||Jon Abbatt, Jennifer Murphy, Hui Peng, Myrna Simpson||T 9-12|
|CHM1410HF||Analytical Environmental Chemistry||Fall 2019||Hui Peng||TUE&THUR 4-5; FRI 9-12:30 & 1-4:30||LM 155 & TBA|
|CHM1415HF||Atmospheric Chemistry||Fall 2019||Jonathan Abbatt||MON&WED 9-10am||LM 155|
|CHM1420HS||Environmental Chemistry of Soil||Winter 2020||Myrna Simpson||TUE 10-12||EES 1105 (UTSC campus|
|CIV1399HS||Special Studies in Civil Engineering – Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Global Health||Winter 2020||Daniel Posen||MON 6-8||GB 217|
|CSC2720HS||Systems Thinking for Global Problems||Winter 2020||Steve Easterbrook||TUE 1-4||FE 328||Syllabus|
|ENG6181HF||Permaculture and Literature||Fall 2019||Angela Most||WED 1-3||JHB 616||Syllabus|
|FOR1288HS||Design and Manufacturing of Biomaterials||Winter 2020||Mohini Sain||FRI 11-2||LM 162|
|FOR1294HS||Bioenergy and Biorefinery Technology||Winter 2020||Sally Krigstin||MON 4-6 (TUT) & WED 4-6 (LEC)||ES 4000|
|FOR1416HS||Forest Fire Danger Rating||Winter 2020||Mike Wotton||TUE 12-2||ES 4000|
|FOR1575HF||Urban Forest Conservation||Fall 2019||Danijela Puric-Mladenovic||WED 4-7||ES B142|
|GGR1216HS||Advanced Biogeochemical Processes||Winter 2020||Igor Lehnherr||THUR 2-5||NE 2264 (UTM)|
|GGR1408HF||Carbon-Free Energy||Fall 2019||Danny Harvey||WED 5-8|
|GGR1411H||Nature and Justice in the Anthropocene||Winter 2020||Neera Singh||TUE 5-7||SS5017A|
|HPS4106HS||Technology, Environment, and History||Winter 2020||Rebecca Woods||TUE 2-4||EM 105||Syllabus|
|JFG1610HF||Sustainable Forest Management and Certification||Fall 2019||Ben Kuttner||MON 3-6||ES 4000|
|JNC2503HS||Environmental Pathways||Winter 2020||Charles Jia||MON 2-3 & WED 1-3||BA 1220||Syllabus|
|JNP1014YY||Interdisciplinary Pharmacology||Fall 2019||Peter Mcpherson||TUE 9-12||GB 248|
|JNP1014YY||Interdisciplinary Pharmacology||Winter 2020||Peter Mcpherson||TUE 9-12||GB 248|
|JPG1518HF||Sustainability and Urban Communities||Fall 2019||Susansah Bunce||TUE 10-12||SS 5017A|
|LHA1197HS||The Pedagogy of Food||Winter 2020||Jennifer Sumner||W 9-12||OI 3310|
|MIE1120HS||Current Energy Infrastructure and Resources||Winter 2020||J. Riordon||MON 6-9||RS 211|
|PHY1498HF||Introduction to Atmospheric Physics||Fall 2019||Paul Kushner||TUE 3-5||MP 408|
|PHY2502HS||Climate System Dynamics||Winter 2020||W.Richard Peltier||MON 10-12||MP 713|
|PHY2504HS||Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics||Winter 2020||Nicolas Grisouard||TBA||TBA|
|PHY2505HS||Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sounding||Winter 2020||Kimberly Strong||TUE10-12||MP 606|
|PHY2506HF||Data Assimilation and Retrieval Theory||Fall 2019||Dylan Jones||THUR 10-12||MP 408|
|RSM2014HS||Special Topics Course: Sustainability Strategy||Winter 2020||Richard Blundell||WED 6:3-9:30||Rotman Building|
|SJE1909HF||Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice 1||Fall 2019||Terezia Zoric||WED 10-1||OI 8201|
H = half credit
Y = full credit
F = First term (Fall; Sept-Dec)
S = Second term (Winter; Jan-Apr)
For any questions regarding our graduate programs please contact Pavel Pripa, Program Assistant and Graduate Student Advisor at email@example.com or 416-978-3475.