Admission – MS in Environmental Science & Policy

Applications are submitted through PSU’s Graduate Studies. February 1 is the priority deadline for admission for the fall term, however complete applications will be considered at any time. Before applying, you are encouraged to contact a member of the graduate faculty and the program coordinator to discuss research interests and possible funding for graduate study. You should identify a prospective faculty advisor during the application phase.

Although most students are full time, our program is designed to accommodate part time students and students interested in taking courses for professional development. Up to 12 credits can be taken without matriculating in the program.

We invite all students to apply. Students seeking admission should have training in the basic sciences, social sciences, and calculus and/or statistics. Our strongest students have course work in multiple areas including general biology, ecology or biogeography, physical geography or geology, physics, chemistry, sociology or anthropology, calculus, and statistics. Students lacking course work in multiple areas may be admitted conditionally and need to take additional courses.

We require students to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. The GRE is required as part of the application package and, on average, our students score at least in the 45-50th percentile on all components of the exam. Three recommendations and a two page essay are also part of the application for admission. For the essay, please limit it to two pages and tell us about your professional goals and what area of environmental science and policy you are most interested in studying at PSU.

We often have opportunities for graduate student funding. Graduate research assistantships and teaching assistantships are competitive and can vary in terms of responsibilities and the amount of each award. The priority deadline for funding consideration is February 1 for the following fall, however opportunities can arise at other times throughout the year and we do review completed applications throughout the year. If you are interested in applying for funding, please send to the Program Coordinator via email a one page letter of request. We will review your letter along with your application to the MS in Environmental Science & Policy program.

For more information about the MS in Environmental Science & Policy program, contact Program Coordinator  June Hammond-Rowan (603) 535-3218.