Environmental Sustainability (MSC)

Admission requirements
  • Be registered full-time in the Master of Science Environmental Sustainability program
  • Have an admission average of (B+ or 75%) and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 7.0 (B+ or 75%) in courses taken at the University of Ottawa
  • Start the program in the fall term (this is necessary due to CO-OP placement cycles)

CO-OP programs have limited enrolment. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee you a place. Admission is based on your CGPA. We admit those with the highest CGPA first.

Work/Study sequences

Sequence 1 - all students follow this sequence

Year of StudyFallWinterSummer
1StudyStudyWork 1
2Work 2Study-

CO-OP fees

As a CO-OP student, you also pay CO-OP fees (announced every year by the Registrar) for the session before your first work term and then for every work term, up to and including your last one.

Some of our employers include
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Oceans North
  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • [List to come]
Examples of tasks at work
  • Conduct integrated assessment analyses of complex environmental problems
  • Conduct research and planning for strategic initiatives
  • Critically assess sustainability policies, reports and regulationss understanding effectively to various audience
  • Design communication strategies
  • Design quantitative decision-making tools to apply to environmental problems
  • Design stakeholder participation and public involvement strategies
  • Develop policy solutions
  • Manage environmental planning and resources
  • Manage in public and parapublic sustainability sectors
  • Negotiate with various stakeholders
  • Offer environmental consulting (private sector)
  • Participation in public policy consultations
  • Perform environmental assessments
  • Prepare PowerPoint presentations
  • Provide policy analysis
  • Weigh scientific evidence to resolve pressing environmental issues
  • Write briefing notes, summaries or reports
  • Write media releases, gain earned media and use social media
Student salaries
Work term reports guidelines

You must submit your work term report through the CO-OP Navigator. The “Work Term Report” link can be found next to your work term, under the “My Evaluations” tab. The system will allow you to change or submit your report right up until the deadline for submission, and professors will be able to submit their comments and attach a corrected copy of your report online as well.

You must include a cover letter or letter of transmittal along with your CO-OP work-term report in one PDF file.

For confidential Work-Term Reports, please make sure to submit your cover letter or letter of transmittal through the CO-OP Navigator by the deadline for submission.

Academic coordinators
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