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MSc in Sustainable Energy Development

A One of a Kind Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Energy Development

Apply to the MSc in Sustainable Energy Development Program today. Students with diverse backgrounds enhance the interdisciplinary nature of the MSc in Sustainable Energy Development program. The SEDV program provides students with a unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge across multiple disciplines to provide a holistic approach the future of energy.

If you have any questions or concerns around how your candidacy will be evaluated, please contact us.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a four-point grading system in the final two years of study. If you completed your previous studies in a country other than Canada, please see our international admission requirements website to determine the grade equivalency for your country.
  • Two years of progressive work experience after graduation
  • Internationally educated applicants must also achieve either:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based) or 560 (paper-based).
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version).

Application Deadlines

Online application will open July 1

International deadline is December 31*
Canadian/PR deadline is February 28

*If Canadian/PR applications are complete by the December 31 deadline, we will review during this earlier cycle.

Program commences annually on May 1


Note: ALL supporting documents (resume, letter of intent, official transcripts, reference letters, test results, etc.) must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete application packages will be deemed inadmissible.

Application Package

Only complete application packages will be reviewed for admission.

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.

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.

The application fee is $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, $145 for international applicants, and $180 for students who previously withdrew and now seek readmission.

Additional information on paying your fee can be found on the fee payment website.

One set of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you attended.*

Original documents or certified true copies of your official transcripts and degree certificates sent directly from the issuing institution in the original signed, sealed envelopes to the SEDV program office.

We do not recommend sending your transcripts ahead of submitting your online applications. Transcripts are tracked using this online system, and may be routed to the appropriate department based on your open application. Sending transcripts ahead of the online applications may result in misplaced documents.

If original documents are not in English: Original documents or certified true copies of your official transcripts and degree certificates in the original language sent directly from the issuing institution in the original signed, sealed envelopes to the SEDV program office. As well as, an English translation from the issuing university or a notarized word-for-word English translation of a duplicate copy of that original.

*Note: This includes transcripts used for transfer coursework, and coursework taken without leading to a degree or diploma. Supplying your complete academic history is your responsibility. We will not review an incomplete application nor extend the submission deadline to accommodate the omitted education.

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.

We require one academic and one professional reference (direct reports to supervisor and or manager) for a complete application. If you have been absent from studies for five years or more, two professional references will suffice; however only under these circumstances.

Once you submit your online application, your referees will receive an email notification inviting them to submit their letters of support.

Notes:

  • Email addresses provided for your referees must be professional addresses; references provided from a free email account (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.) will not be considered.
  • Letters from friends, family, general colleagues, fellow church members, clergy, current or past SEDV students, and general reference letters are not acceptable; these will neither be reviewed nor kept on file.

As part of the University of Calgary Admissions Process, all applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency. Internationally educated applicants must achieve either:

• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based) or 560 (paper-based).

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version).

Further information on this requirement is located on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Official documents indicating test scores should be sent to the SEDV program office (hard copy only) or emailed to gradapps@ucalgary.ca. If required, our institutional code is 0813 and you may select “any program not listed” as the program.

This document provides a better understanding as to why you wish to study with us and should be specific to your goals and interests. The expectations of this letter and template can be found here; please save as a PDF and upload this document to your application.

The letter will answer the following four questions in your own words, as clearly and concisely as possible. Each question is allocated a maximum of 250 words to provide your response. If the maximum word count for each question is used, your total letter will be no more than 1000 words. Only the first 250 words of each answer will be read, nor will we consider any additional sections outside of these questions.

The four questions you must address are:

  • 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.
  • A capstone project a requirement of this program. The work must be interdisciplinary, reflecting a minimum of three areas of study, with energy and environment as the two anchors. What new and innovative ways will your project contribute to current knowledge?
  • Please describe your ability to work in a team atmosphere and how this has contributed to your successes.

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. If you are unfamiliar with the format of a North American résumé, there are many samples located online.

Your résumé must be submitted by the applicable deadline listed above. Late submissions will not be considered.

How to Apply

The University of Calgary uses an online application system to process applications.

Applying to the MSc in Sustainable Energy Development programs involves six steps.


Step 1: Request an eID and register for a UCID

Follow the instructions as per the link below to secure an eID and UCID:

Account Registration

If you previously studied at the University of Calgary you do not need to create a new UCID; the application system will allow you to retrieve your UCID if you have forgotten it.

If you have a staff UCID you will need to register for a student UCID.

Step 2: Submit online application

Create or resume your application on the “Graduate Studies” site - Click here

  • Complete online application form
    • This includes listing your complete academic history as outlined in the Official Transcripts section above.
    • Submission of your Referee’s information as outlined in the Two Letters of Reference section above.

Step 3: Pay application fee

To process your application, a non-refundable application fee is required. The application fee can be paid via credit card, online banking, international fund transfer, cheque, money order or in person by visiting Enrolment Services. If paying by cheque or money order, please make payable to the University of Calgary.

The application fee is $125 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents, $145 for international applicants, and $180 for students who previously withdrew and now seek readmission.

Application fee must be paid by the applicable deadline listed above.


Step 4: Upload Supporting Documentation

Following submission of your online application, you will receive an automated confirmation. Once confirmation is received, you may proceed with uploading the following components:

  • Upload current résumé
  • Upload letter of intent

Supporting documentation must be submitted by the applicable deadline listed above. Late submissions will not be considered.

Step 5: Request official transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution to the SEDV program office in the original signed, sealed envelopes. If the transcripts are in a language other than English official translated copies are also required.

To avoid lost document issues, please ensure your online application is submitted prior to sending your transcripts.

Official transcripts must be received by the applicable deadline noted above.

Address to:

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

Step 6: Send proof of English Proficiency documents (if required)

Please provide results of the following:

  • TOEFL / IELTS official score report (if required)

Official documents should be sent to the address below or emailed to gradapps@ucalgary.ca. If required, our institutional code is 0813 and you may select “any program not listed” as the program.

Official results must be received by the applicable deadline noted above.

Address to:

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