MScSM | Program Structure

The Core of the Program

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management is a 20-month program consists of 10 required core courses, 6 elective courses.

There are five semesters: four academic semesters and one work semester.

Through the electives, students select either a management or science concentration. Elective can be taken within the MScSM program, within other graduate programs in the Institute for Management & Innovation, but also at other UofT campuses and graduate programs.

Summer Work Term/Internship

In the summer between the two academic years, the work semester (internship, co-op semester) internship placement of 2 to 4 months (minimally 10 weeks) is required. Although MScSM has a Placement Officer who assists students to find internships, through one-on-one meetings, networking opportunities, Professional Development workshops and seminars, and industry leader guest lecturers, it is ultimately the students' responsibility to seek and accept an internship placement.

Research Paper Course

Although MScSM is a course-based professional masters' degree program, there is a  year-long Research Paper course in the senior year. Students will be required to start preparing for the Research Paper course in the first Winter semester by: confirming a topic they would like to pursue, find a supervisor (a UofT professor who has research experience in the topic area,) and submit a one-page proposal by the end of the first year of study (April of the first winter semester) It is not required for students to find a supervisor before the program starts. That is only required in research-based masters' of doctoral programs, not in MScSM.

Electives - Management Concentration

If selecting the Management Concentration, in addition to the mandatory 10 core courses, students will take 6 electives with 4 in managment and 2 in science. The bulk of the electives are taken in the second year.

Electives - Science Concentration

If selecting the Science Concentration, in addition to the mandatory 10 core courses, students will take 6 electives with 4 in science and 2 in management. The bulk of electives are taken in the second year.

Skills Development

Over the 20 months in the Program, students can expect to move through the stages of skills development, and will aquire an understanding of operational, managerial and leadership levels of skill in sustainability management.  Download the details here.