About Us

Climate change, waste reduction, ecosystem management, and land conservation are all current challenges locally and globally — our society needs an increasing number of environmental professionals to address these challenges across a variety of organizations including not-for-profit, government, and corporations. Developing such professionals is the main mission of the Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) at Western University. 

The MES is a one-year, course-based, professional master's program, offering experiential learning opportunities throughout the year. We are particularly proud of the diversity of students joining the program including, students with a background in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, business, and engineering. This diversity is leveraged through collaborations required to complete projects within a variety of courses as well as workshops delivered over the first eight months of the program. The Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) concludes with a summer co-op, of which more than 90% are paid.

The program components are designed to deliver practical skills. In addition to the experiential learning gained through the summer cooperative work-term experience, all students take a consulting course in the winter term. This course allows student teams to engage as consultants addressing an environment or sustainability challenge on behalf of a real firm, government, or not-for-profit organization. Furthermore, a series of five to seven professional development workshops are delivered by professionals representing industry and other organizations who are well versed in the practices of key environmental and managerial skills.  

Fact: 350 Program Graduates
Fact: More than 90% of Co-op positions are paid
Fact: 100+ Hours of Professional Development opportunities
Fact: Around 40 Students per Cohort