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Graduate - ENVS

Admission Requirements

The graduate program in the Department of Environmental Sciences is designed primarily for students with backgrounds in science or engineering. However, students with exceptional academic records and backgrounds in other fields are encouraged to apply.  

Admission requirements for the MS program

  • Bachelor's degree with GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale
  • GRE verbal and quantitative score total of at least 1000 (300 on GRE revised General Test); within 5 years 
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS). TOEFL score of at least 213 computer or 550 paper, or 79 Internet (International students only)
  • Preparatory courses including 3 hours of introductory statistics, 3 hours of chemistry, 3 hours of introductory biological science for science majors (e.g. BIOL 1201) and 6 hours of natural science courses.  Incoming students who need to satisfy any prerequisite requirements are expected to have taken the appropriate course(s) by the end of the second semester of residency.

Admission requirements for the PhD program

Students with a M.S. degree

  • Master's degree with GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale
  • GRE verbal and quantitative score total of at least 1000 (300 on GRE revised General Test) ; within 5 years 
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS). TOEFL score of at least 213 computer or 550 paper, or 79 Internet (International students only)
  • Background courses and preparations equivalent to those listed in our M.S. in Environmental Science degree. 

Students without a M.S. degree:

  • Bachelor's degree with GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale
  • GRE verbal and quantitative score total of at least 1000 (300 on GRE revised General Test); within 5 years 
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS). TOEFL score of at least 213 computer or 550 paper, or 79 Internet (International students only)
  • Preparatory courses including 3 hours of introductory statistics, 3 hours of chemistry, 3 hours of introductory biological science for science majors (e.g. BIOL 1201) and 6 hours of natural science courses.  The students must have earned at least a C (or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in these classes. Incoming students who need to satisfy any prerequisite requirements are expected to have taken the appropriate course(s) by the end of the second semester of residency.

For more information regarding academic programs and admission requirements, please download the most recent department handbook from the Student's resources page and read it off line.