Future students

Why should I join SSS? 

  • Branding. Your degree title will be a signal to future employers and graduate schools. Your degree title helps people understand your interests, desires, and perspective. Choosing a minor to appropriately reflect a core skillset also helps others understand your skills and perspective on sustainability. 
  • Flexibility. The SSS offers a broad structure to give you necessary breadth to understand today's sustainability challenges, but also provides students with a great deal of flexiblity in coursework options relative to many other degrees at McGill. 
  • Skillsets. The SSS program provides structure to ensure some breadth of knowledge in the three "pillars". Further, the SSS program has an explicit focus and recognition of core competencies tailored to meet sustainability challenges of the 21st century.
  • Community. SSS offers the opportunity to develop a close-knit cohort of classmates. The Student Association of SSS is active in helping facilitate this.
  • Field studies opportunities. Many international and local field courses are available to students through exchange programs, individual projects, and field studies. These allow students to acquire practical, hands-on experience and a solid grounding for practicing sustainability. For more information see here (opens .pdf).
  • Leadership. McGill offers many opportunities for students to get involved in the sustainability community and develop their own projects. Just a few examples of projects that SSS students have helped spearhead in the past, and in which new students could get involved, include ECOLE, the McGill Office of Sustainability, Sustainability Project Fund, and the McGill Spaces Project.


Customizing your SSS education 

The main SSS course requirements aim to instill great breadth in the degree. In addition to the program, students must take courses to fulfill minor & elective requirements, which can both provide additional depth in a particular area of studies. 

Current SSS students are minoring in various areas including Urban Systems, GIS, Mathematics, East Asian Studies, International Development Studies, Economics, etc. For the full list of minors available to BA&Sc. students consult your advisor or the BA&Sc webpage.