MScSM | General Information & Process

Message from MScSM Program Director, Professor Shashi Kant: Fall 2020 semester (September to December 2020) courses are all online. 

Admission - Process and General Information

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The MScSM Program has only one start date each year: Fall/September.

We do not have a January(Winter) or May(Summer) start.

MScSM only accepts applications through the UofT online application system.

The online application is open from October 1 to March 15 each year. For example, for the next available program that begins in September 2020, the online application system will open on October 1, 2019 and close March 15, 2020.

The Admissions Committee only reviews and considers application files that are complete by the application deadline. Completed application files consist of all required documents that meet our minimum admission standards and including payment of the application fee.

The MScSM Program is designed for intellectually curious students with a high potential for "outside the box" thinking and actions. The program admission committee considers an applicant's academic credentials, personal achievements, ability to work in teams, leadership potential, and interest in integration of different disciplines to solve sustainability issues.

The admission committee takes a holistic approach to admissions and considers each applicant individually with the goal of admitting the most exceptional candidates. Candidates are evaluated on a total portfolio of previous academic performance, personal characteristics and life experiences including a demonstrated interest in sustainability, as well as academic and/or professional references, and a letter of intent. International students must submit an official IELTS or TOEFL score report that meets our minimum standards in all sections.

Once an application is reviewed, qualified applicants will receive an invitation to a Skype interview before the Admissions Committe makes a final decision on his/her application. Please note that not all applicants will receive an invitation to a Skype interview. Here are some helpful tips when invited to a Skype interview.

Admission to our MScSM Program is competitive; we receive many applications and can only extend offers to the most qualified applicants. We generally admit 35 - 40 students per year.

If we extend an offer, applicants must accept (or decline) our offer in a timely fashion and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit. We do not grant deferrals. Interested students are expected to apply in the year they are available to start the program.

Please also consider viewing our short video that highlights our program and answers the question, "why should I apply?". In addition, we have we have a PowerPoint Presentation that offers information.

Please refer to our FAQ page and our Application Essentials page for more information. In addition, please contact an Admission officer at with any questions!