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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 Program Descriptions Sustainable Energy Development SEDV
Sustainable Energy Development - SEDV
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Location: Downtown Campus
Program number: 403.220.2013
Email address:
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1. Degree Offered

Master of Science (MSc), course-based

The MSc degree in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) is an interdisciplinary offering by the School of Public Policy in collaboration with the Haskayne School of Business, Schulich School of Engineering, School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, and the Faculty of Law. This interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and professional graduate program provides a holistic approach to energy and environmental management through a cross section of courses taught by faculty from across the university.

This is a continuous program with no scheduled break. Students who do not enrol in courses continuously will be withdrawn from the program for failure to register unless they are on an approved leave of absence.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the SEDV Program requires:

a) Letter of intent of no more than 1000 words, addressing four questions provided on the SEDV admissions website. Each question must be answered in no more than 250 words.

b) A current curriculum vitae.

c) Two years of professional work experience after graduation.

d) Two reference letters: one academic and one professional.

Please refer to our website for detailed instructions and templates.

3. Application Deadline

Deadlines for submission of complete applications are available on the Future Students website:

4. Advanced Credit

The SEDV Program does not grant advanced credit for courses completed prior to admission.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, SEDV requires successful completion of 42 units consisting of the following:

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

The Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development program will allow students to pursue the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade).

Students may not choose the CG grade in a course taken extra-to-load.

The use of the CG grade will not affect students' ability for internal awards.
6. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

The SEDV program does not grant advanced credit for undergraduate courses.

7. Time Limit

The SEDV program commences annually in May, which is the only intake. As a cohort-based program, the expectation is for students to complete courses as timetabled for their cohort.

The expected completion time is 16 months for full-time studies; however, the maximum permitted time is 6 years.

8. Financial Assistance

For information on graduate funding, please see Financing - SEDV | Haskayne School of Business | University of Calgary.

9. Other Information

Students will have the opportunity to participate in professional development seminars, experiential learning workshops, and field trips to local energy related sites. Attendance and participation in such activities is expected.