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
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
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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 A., doctoral candidate
Join our community in fall 2018
We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.