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The MSc in Sustainable Energy Development offered me an opportunity to see first-hand many of the technical and intellectual challenges facing those who consider sustainable energy development as a necessary step in the evolution of human society."

Noel Dekking

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Submitted by yayoi.moriguchi on Sat, 03/14/2015 - 9:57am

The interdisciplinary nature of the MSc in Sustainable Energy Development program is enhanced by students with diverse backgrounds. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a four-point grading system in the final two years of study; any previous graduate work is also considered. Please see our international requirements if applicable.
  • 2 years of progressive work experience after graduation
  • A letter of intent.
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of reference.
  • TOEFL or IELTS for internationally educated applicants

For specific information and instructions please see below.

Important Dates

Admission application will open July 1, 2017

International deadline is December 31, 2017
Domestic deadline is February 28, 2018
Program commences annually on May 1
Note: ALL supporting documents (curriculum vitae, letter of intent, transcripts, reference letters,
test results, etc.) must be received by the application deadline.

Components of the Application Package

Note to applicants:
The status of your application can be viewed online through your student center. This information is updated daily and is the most efficient manner to inquire.

Please note: All documents must be received by the application deadline. As this is a highly competitive program, only complete applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

SEDV Application Package

Online application form

The online application system will open on July 1. Click here to access the Faculty of Graduate Studies' online application system. You will be prompted to create or have your eID ready to access the online application.

Non-refundable application fee

CDN $160 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, or CDN $190 for international students who will be attending on a Study Permit. Instructions on how to go about paying this can be found here.

*Students seeking readmission to SEDV will be assessed a fee of $240.

Official transcripts

One set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you attended. Original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates, in the original sealed envelope, sent directly from the issuing university to the SEDV program office. Supplying your complete educational history is the applicant's (your) responsibility; we will not review an incomplete application nor provide a grace period following the submission deadline if transcripts are late due to this reason. If at any time it is discovered that a student was admitted on the basis of falsified documents or information, the admission will immediately be declared null and void and future admission will be denied.

Please do not send your transcripts in advance of submitting the online application, this is how transcripts are lost.

If original documents are not in English: Original documents or certified true copies of each of your official transcripts and degree certificates in the original language, in the original sealed envelope, sent directly from the issuing University, and an English translation from the issuing University or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of that original.

Two letters of reference

References will be sent a link for their online submission once you submit your application. We require 1 academic and 1 professional reference (direct reports to supervisor or manager) for a complete application. If you have been absent from studies for 5 years or more, 2 professional references will suffice; however only under these circumstances. Please note the email addresses provided for your referees should be professional addresses; free email account addresses will not be accepted.

Letters from friends, family, colleagues, fellow church members, clergy and current or past SEDV students and general reference letters are not acceptable; these types of letters will neither be reviewed nor kept on file.

Choose your referees wisely to ensure they will provide positive feedback prior to the submission deadline.

Proof of English Proficiency (if required)

As part of the University of Calgary Admissions Process, all applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Test scores must be sent directly to the SEDV program office from the issuing institution. More information on this requirement can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website and on the general university admissions page for exception information.

Our TOEFL/IELTS code is 0813 and expectations are: a minimum score of 560 (written) or 86 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR applicants may provide proof of proficiency in English by passing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5.

Please note results must be for academic purpose tests, as this is an academic program.

A letter of intent

The expectations of this letter and template can be found here; please save as a PDF and upload this document to your application. This document provides a better understanding as to why you wish to study with us and should be specific to your goals and interests. Answer the following three questions, in your own words, as clearly and concisely as possible – only the first 250 words in each answer will be read.

  • Please describe how, considering your career progress to date, does an MSc in Sustainable Energy Development fit in with your future career goals.
  • Please expand on the above by describing the strengths, ambitions and experience you will bring to the program.
  • Please describe your ability to work in a team atmosphere and how this has contributed to your successes.

A Résumé

This professionally formatted document will outline your employment history, skills and education experience; please save as a PDF and upload this document to your application. The template for this document can be found here with tips on résumé writing for Graduate School purposes here.

Only complete application packages will be reviewed for admission.

Official transcripts and TOEFL/IELTS results can be sent to:

Crystal Hickey
Program Specialist
MSc Sustainable Energy Development Program Office 
Scurfield Hall Room 453
2500 University Drive NW 
Calgary, Alberta
Canada  T2N 1N4
P: +1.403.220.2013 

Templates and Documents

How to Manage your Student Center (application)

SEDV Letter of Intent

General CV Template (if needed)