Environmental Design

Master of Environmental Design (MEDes)

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What you will learn in this program

The Master in Environmental Design (MEDes) is an innovative thesis-based degree program offered by the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS). If you wish to expand your current professional or design-related background with advanced interdisciplinary practice-based research and study, then the MEDes program is for you. Blurring traditional disciplinary definitions, you'll undertake your studies in one or more areas included in EVDS, including the science of sustainable design and planning, digital design and fabrication, the history, pedagogy, process and practice of design and urban analysis and planning. Undergraduate study is required - you cannot enter the MEDes program directly from high school. The most up-to-date admission requirements can be found at evds.ucalgary.ca.

Admission requirements and information

As part of one of our professional faculties, this program requires previous post-secondary study as an entrance requirement.

See the special and admission and application requirements on the Faculty of Environmental Design site.

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PhD candidates come from a variety of professional practice and research backgrounds related to the built environment, as well as a variety of disciplines related to human-environment systems. Our focus is on problem-solving and includes architectural theory and history, managing landscape change, development and application of new materials and technologies and the social and institutional dimensions of sustainability.

Mary-Ellen Tyler, PhD — Associate Professor

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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Environmental work is inherently interdisciplinary, and the EVDS PhD program allows me to focus on a blend of sustainability, governance and policy design. Being honored with 19 awards and surrounded by a culture that embraces the same passion made my experience valuable. My professional career in energized by the reservoir of knowledge and connections I collected during the program and I’m so thankful for it.

Maha Al-Zu’bi, doctoral candidate

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Environmental Design
Professional Faculties Building, Room 2182
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.6601