School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Applied Sustainability

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" The Applied Sustainability Program has not only broadened my views on sustainability, but also helped me in choosing the focus for my graduate studies. This program has introduced sustainability to me in a variety of aspects: environmental, energy, policies, resources and a lot more. My eyes were opened to areas other than just civil engineering, and my understanding got deeper by studying with different teachers. You will always enjoy interesting and debatable topics, and you will always learn from your friends in your class. I must say that this program is so helpful that you and your future career will certainly benefit."

Luowen Fu, M.Eng.(specialisation in Applied Sustainability), Civil Engineering, 2011

Program Contact

Before beginning the application process, interested students are encouraged to contact
the representative from the Department that is best aligned with their research interests if they have any questions about the nature of the CMAS program:



Program Overview

The Collaborative Masters Program in Applied Sustainability (CMAS) is an innovative program building on the applied sustainability strategic theme of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Faculty members from six programs within the Faculty: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Mining Engineering. A unique aspect of the program is the involvement of School of Policy Studies (SPS), which is contributing courses and faculty members who will participate in the co-supervision of CMAS students.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Building on the applied sustainability strategic theme of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, the objective of the CMAS program is to expose students to the implementation of sustainable engineering solutions within the context of broader sustainability theory. To do this properly, engineering students not only advance their technical education, but also gain insights into how public policy impacts the success of engineering solutions to multidisciplinary sustainability problems.


Degrees Offered


1 Year
8 courses, one of which may be a project course, seminar series


2 years
4 courses, seminar series, thesis

Fields of study and Supervisors

Faculty members participating in the Collaborative Masters in Applied Sustainability are organized into four groups.

Applied Sustainability and Policy Studies

The focus of this group is on the application of social science and innovation.

  • Peter Harrison (School of Policy Studies)
  • Warren Mabee (School of Policy Studies)
  • Bob Wolfe (School of Policy Studies)

Applied Sustainability and Fresh Water Systems

The focus of this group is on the application of science and engineering innovation to move from unsustainable water use to long-term strategic fresh water systems throughout the world. The researchers identified below all participate in a new research group initiative in the area of Water, Environment and Health that involves almost 40 faculty members from across the campus and other local universities and institutions.

  • Bruce Anderson (Civil Engineering
  • Pascale Champagne (Civil Engineering)
  • Yves Filion (Civil Engineering)
  • Kent Novakowski (Civil Engineering)

Applied Sustainability and Resource Management

The focus of this group is on the application of science and engineering innovation to move to environmentally benign resource extraction and the preservation of existing resources through life cycle analysis of manufacturing processes

  • Andrew Daugulis (Chemical Engineering)
  • Heather Jamieson (Geological Engineering)
  • Jack Jeswiet (Mechanical and Materials Engineering)
  • Sadan Kelebek (Mining Engineering)
  • Gema Olivo (Geological Engineering)
  • Jamie Archibald (Mining Engineering

Applied Sustainability and Energy Technology

The focus of this group is on the application of science and engineering innovation to move from a nuclear and fossil fuel based energy system to one that is based on sustainable energy technologies.

  • Alireza Bakhshai (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Steve Harrison (Mechanical and Materials engineering)
  • Praveen Jain (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Andrew Pollard (Mechanical and Materials Engineering)
  • Brant Peppley (Chemical Engineering)
  • Jon Pharoah (Mechanical and Materials Engineering)


Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Full-time students are encouraged to seek external financial support and are encouraged to apply for NSERC and OGS graduate scholarships. Fellowships and teaching assistantships are available through the University and are automatically considered upon admission. Students should consult with their desired home department for specific details of funding support.

Academic Prerequisites

Students will enrol in their respective home departments and must meet the program requirements of their home departments

Grades Required

We consider grades over the last two years as well as your cumulative average

Admission requirements of the selected home department must be met.

Test Requirements

For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: As per home department

Notification of Acceptance: As per home department