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Everything you need to know before you apply to the Master of Sustainability program

Applications for the Fall 2022 intake of the SSAS program are now closed – thank you to all who applied! The application portal will re-open in October 2022 for the Fall 2023 intake.

How to Apply

Ensure you meet the minimum criteria in our admission requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelors degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited university with a minimum 75% (mid-B) average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study
  • For students who must provide proof of English Language Proficiency, the minimum TOEFL score of 600 (TWE 5.5) or equivalent is required

Please note that our program is competitive – meeting the mandatory requirements does not guarantee admission.

Prepare all of the required application materials that will be considered by the SSAS Graduate Program Committee

1. Written Statement of Intent

Your written statement of intent must be written in English. The statement of intent should convey the rationale for seeking entry to the program as well as describe how it advances their academic and professional aspirations. This is written as a formal essay (with cited references in text) of no more than two pages in length. Applicants should indicate their specific research interests as they relate to the field of sustainability science, experience relevant to the program and their career aspirations and plans. Applicants must also indicate whether they intend to pursue Scheme A, Scheme B, or Scheme C.

2. Curriculum vitae

This document should include the applicant’s education, employment, teaching and research activities/experience, awards and scholarships, and publications (if any).

3. List of Potential Supervisors

In your OUAC application, you will be required to include a ranked list of three Core Faculty members who can potentially act as your supervisor in principle. Students should consult the listing of core faculty and indicate their top three choices on the application. Please ensure your chosen faculty members have indicated that they are available to supervise students for the upcoming year. 

4. Two Academic References

References should be from qualified academic scholars attesting to, and documenting, your potential for graduate level study/research. For more information on reference requirements and procedures, click here.

5. Transcripts

Please note that if you have an undergraduate degree from Brock University you do not need to send in your transcripts. Transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions are required.

6. Proof of English Proficiency (If Applicable)

For more information about English Proficiency requirements, click here.

Submit your application!

Complete and submit the online application.

When you have submitted the application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable application fee. You must pay the fee for each program to which you are applying. The application fee for the Master of Sustainability program is $110 CAD. The fee is payable to the Ontario University Application Centre and can be paid by VISA or Mastercard.

Once you have submitted and paid for your application, one to two business days are required for Brock to receive your application from the Ontario Universities Application Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

In keeping with its transdisciplinary character, the program welcomes students from a variety of academic backgrounds including, but not limited to:

  • Applied Health
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Planning
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Tourism
  • Women and Gender Studies

Brock University offers competitive guaranteed funding to individuals enrolled full-time in research-based graduate programs. Students in the SSAS graduate program (both Schemes) are eligible for full-time funding from the University.


There are several opportunities for students to receive additional financial support during their studies:


For information on graduate tuition and related fees at Brock University, visit:

Master’s applicants who have not completed three or more years of post-secondary study at a Canadian institution or at an institution in one of the following exempt countries, will be required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Applicants who have completed the required years of post-secondary work in English, at an institution where English was the only language of instruction, may request a waiver of the English Proficiency Test submission requirements.

For more information on English Proficiency requirements, including score requirements, visit the web page here:

We do not require applicants to reach out to faculty members in regard to supervision. Instead, we ask applicants to consult the listing of core faculty and indicate their top three choices on the application (regardless of scheme).

No. Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is not possible for us to pre-screen applications. Your application materials will only be reviewed when we receive your official application through OUAC.

Our program does not have a winter intake at this time. New cohorts begin classes in the Fall.

We do not currently have a part-time option.

If you have any additional questions after carefully reviewing the website and the FAQ’s list, please feel free to reach out to Please note that we receive a high volume of emails, especially around admissions time, so please allow 2-3 business days for a response.