Prospective Students

Welcome to the Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) graduate program at the University of British Columbia – Vancouver (UBC-V). We are a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research graduate program within the Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES), with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability. Our mission is to foster sustainable futures through integrated research and learning about the linkages among human and natural systems, and to support decision making from local to global scales.

The RES program is consistently ranked within the top 15 in the world. It is composed of the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. The unit has 14 core faculty members and approximately 30 associate faculty members from 10 of UBC’s Faculties and Schools. There are approximately 100 graduate students registered in the MA, MSC or PhD program at any given time. With approximately 400 RES alumni since the graduate program started in 1994, the RES network and influence continues to expand to address real-world interdisciplinary environmental issues. Due to the applicability of our research, the work of IRES students and faculty is consistently covered by media sources, ensuring that our expertise translates into influential resources for the public, policy makers, and fellow academics.

To learn more about our programs and requirements, please follow the tabs on the left panel.

To view the IRES Admissions 2021 poster, click here.