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With a graduate diploma in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University, you have the opportunity to add another qualification to your degree, satisfying a specific academic or professional interest – without investing more time or money.

Business and the Environment

With the Schulich School of Business

  • Concurrent with Master in Environmental Studies (MES) or MBA only

Discover the perspectives, critical understanding, tools and skills you need to become a leader in the field of business and sustainability. Explore ideas in business strategy for sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ecological economics.

Environmental/Sustainability Education

With the Faculty of Education

Focus your studies on the environmental implications of education and its role in sustainability in the broadest sense. Enjoy opportunities to develop expertise and participate in research, theory and practice in the field of environmental and sustainability education within schools, community organizations, cultural institutions and advocacy groups.


As these are concurrent graduate diplomas, applicants must apply to the MES in order to be considered eligible.

MES Admission Requirements

  • Honours (four-year) bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    • B+ GPA over the past two years (or full-time equivalent) of academic study
  • If you are a domestic student and do not meet our academic requirements, you may be considered for admission based on your professional and volunteer experience.

How to Apply

  • Fall 2021 Online Application: February 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021 Submission of Supporting Documents: February 28, 2021
  1. Complete the online York University Graduate Application Form.
    • No documents will be reviewed prior to the submission of an online application.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.


Academic transcripts or degree certificates (if degree conferral is not indicated on transcripts) are required from every post-secondary institution you attended. This includes:

  • Undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Exchange programs
  • Studies for which you did not complete a degree

Transcripts are not required for studies completed at York University.

If you are currently completing your studies, submit your in-progress transcript.

More information about transcript submission is available on the York University Graduate Admissions page.

Statement of Academic Interest

Your statement must follow the format below. Please keep in mind that it should highlight your interest in the specific graduate diploma you wish to pursue.

Part A: A title summarizing your research interests (20 words or less)

Part B: Five keywords that best describe your research interests

Part C: A description of your intended research (approximately 500 words):

  • Include key theories, concepts and practices central to your area of interest.
  • Outline why the MES degree is best suited to meet your academic and professional goals.  Please clearly indicate how the graduate diploma you have chosen fits into this goal.
  • Describe how your interests relate to our full-time faculty members’ research.
    • Note: You do not need to secure a supervisor prior to applying. If you are accepted into the program, a supervisor will be assigned to you.

Resumé or Curriculum Vitae

You may also wish to include the following information (if applicable) in your resumé or curriculum vitae:

  • Academic honours (scholarships, fellowships, awards, etc.)
  • Academic and professional qualifications and memberships
  • Publications and reports (if any are joint-authored, please provide a separate note describing your contribution)

Supplementary Forms

Two forms ­– Referee and Supplementary Information –  must be completed. These can be found under the “Supplementary Information Forms” link in your MyFile account. It is best to prepare your answers in advance and then copy and paste them into the form.

Referee Information Form

  • You will be required to submit three references or referees.
  • Please provide us with the names, email addresses and mailing addresses of your referees. A link will be emailed, on your behalf, to your referees to complete a Letter of Recommendation form. 
  • Your referees will have two weeks to complete the form.

Academic references are strongly preferred. It is possible to use professional references if necessary, provided they address your critical thinking skills and how adept you are at dealing with theoretical concepts.

Supplementary Information Form

This is a standard graduate form, so some questions will not apply.

  • Question 1: Awards information – Please list any external awards you have applied for (such as the SHHRC and OGS).
  • Question 2: Language skill – Does not apply to the Master in Environmental Studies. Please leave this section blank.
  • Question 3: Program options – You must indicate which graduate diploma you have chosen. 
  • Question 4: Professors you hope to work with – Please identify three faculty members, as mentioned in your Statement of Academic Interest, who could be a potential supervisor. 
  • Question 5: Other information – You may include any additional information you feel is relevant to your application that has not been previously mentioned.

Professional Experience Form

(if applicable)

If you are a domestic student and an admissions assessor determines you do not meet our admissions requirements, you may be considered for admission given your professional and academic experiences.

You will be asked to complete the Professional Experience Form. This is your opportunity to explain why you do not meet our academic requirements, and how your professional and academic experiences have prepared you to be successful in our master’s program. Experiences may include:

  • Professional experience – paid or unpaid
  • Academic experience – such as research projects
  • Community involvement

English Language Proficiency

(if applicable)

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate you have an acceptable level of English by completing a language proficiency test:

  • TOEFL – paper-based: 600; computer-based: 250; iBT: 100 (York code: 0894)
  • IELTS (Academic) – overall band score: 7.5

Note: You must meet the required minimum score for your application to be considered.

For more details, see York University’s English language proficiency information.