MScSM | Curriculum

In MScSM, sustainability includes environmental, economic, and social sustainability. We believe one of these is not possible without the other two.

Illustration of booksBased on this perspective, the curriculum integrates business management, natural science, and social science into its courses, all through the lens of sustainability. Each core course provides the knowledge, skills, and strategic perspectives that many forward-thinking leaders have communicated to us as essential to their organizations' goals.

The 20-month, full-time program consists of 10 required core courses, 6 elective courses, and an internship placement of 10 to 16 weeks. The program is full-time and 20 months in length (five semesters - four academic and one work term).

Core Courses

The required core courses are:

SSM1010Y Principles of Sustainability Management
SSM1020H Decision Making for Sustainability Management
SSM1030H Environmental Science
SSM1040H Managerial Economics for Sustainability Management
SSM1050H Ecosystem Science
SSM1060H Managing Sustainable Organizations
SSM1070H Sustainability Law and Policy
SSM1080H Strategies for Sustainability Management
SSM1090H Capstone Course - The Sustainable Enterprise
SSM1100Y Research Paper
SSM1110H Sustainability Management Internship

Every course in the program will require students to think critically, engage in creative activities and communicate their ideas effectively. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in management principles, sustainable business strategies, managerial economics and accounting, organizational behaviour, environmental and ecosystem science, and environmental and business law and policy. The program provides the knowledge, skills, and strategic perspectives required for leaders and senior managers responsible for managing the sustainability process.

The uniqueness of the program is its very high emphasis on developing skills in the integration of knowledge from management science, social science, and natural science and engineering. This is done through interactive learning, case study analysis, research seminars and workshops, internships, and research and management projects.

Students will be required to demonstrate the application of their knowledge of different aspects of sustainability and integration of knowledge from different disciplines to address sustainability issues during three required components of the program - internship, capstone course, and research paper. Students are given the option to take their electives from a wide array of courses, across many disciplines, at all three campuses of the University of Toronto.


Students can select electives that allow them to focus on their individual areas of interest (science or management concentration) but related to sustainability. These selections (of six electives) need to be approved in advance by the MScSM Program Director and the Chair/Director of the host department. Below are examples of electives that MScSM students have taken over the past few years. Please note that availability of electives offered in MScSM and other host graduate departments is subject to change each year, dependent upon semester. Like all graduate programs at UofT, each department enrols their own program students in their electives first and, if there is space available, accept other program students in electives.Electives from various departments that students have taken to date are listed below and a larger list is available for download.

Click here to download a current list of electives and their management or science categorization. This list is updated every year in August.


CHL5413H Public Health Sanitation

CHL5421H Aboriginal Health

CHL5903H Environmental Health

CIV1399H Special Studies in Civil Engineering, Water

ENV1704 Environmental Analysis and Risk

ENV4001H Graduate Seminar: Environment and Health

EES2303H Earth Systems Evolution

JPG1407H Efficient Use of Energy
JPG1408H Carbon Free Energy
EES1117H Climate Change and Impact Assessment
EES1125H Contaminated Site Remediation

EES1132H Climate Change Data
ENV1704H Environmental Risk Analysis and Management

GGR1407H Efficient Use of Energy

MIE1120 Current Energy Infrastructure and Resources

MIE1128 Materials for Clean Energy Technologies

MIE1241 Energy Management


SSM2010H Marketing in Sustainability Management
SSM2020H Sustainability Ethics
SSM2030H Advanced Sustainability Management
SSM2040H Applied Sustainability Management

APS1001H Project Management

APS1015H Social Entrepreneurship

APS1032H Introduction to Energy Project Management

APS1008H Entrepreneurship and Business for Engineers
APS1038H Strategic Sustainability Management for Business and Products

ECO2508H Applied Financial Risk Management

ECO3502H Energy and Regulation

ENV1001H Environmental Decision-Making
ENV1002H Environmental Policy

ENV1008H Worldviews and Ecology

ENV1702H Environmental Law
ENV1707H Environmental Finance and Sustainable Investing
EES1124H Environmental Project Management

GGR1610H Geography of Finance & Financial Crisis

GLA2018H Innovation and the City

GLA2090H Topics in Global Affairs: Intelligence and Special Topics

IMI3001H Biocommercialization: Analysis of Technology

JPG1429H The Political Ecology of food and The Agrarian Question

JPG1518H Sustainability and Urban Communities

JPG1906H Geographic Information Systems

JSE1708H The Development of Sustainability Thought

LHA1193H Adult Education for Sustainability

MMI1070H Economics of Business Strategy
MGT2918H Multidisciplinary Special Topics

PLA1517H Special Topics in Planning III

PLA1601H Environmental Planning and Policy

POL2376H Topics in Public Policy: Sustainable Cities Policy

POL2377H Topics in Public Policy: Urban Policy

RSM2000H Multi-Disciplinary Special Topics: Business

RSM2054H Technology Strategy

RSM2062H Management Consulting Practicum

RSM2081H Special Topics in Strategic Management

RSM2125H Game Theory and Applications for Management

RSM2301H Financial Management

RSM2308H Financial Risk Management

RSM2500H Marketing Strategy

RSM2503H Pricing

RSM2504H Consumer Behaviour

RSM2505H Strategic Marketing Communication

RSM2512H Branding

RSM2522H Marketing and Behavioural Economics

RSM2922H The Opposable Mind
RSM2080H Business Sustainability Strategy
RSM2081H Entrepreneurship for Social Ventures

Click here to download a current list of electives and their management or science categorization.