Future Students

Admission Information

To be admitted to the Environmental and Conservation Sciences program the applicant must:

  1. Be admitted into an ECS faculty member's lab who will make arrangements for stipend and research funding. Thus, applicants should only contact faculty members who share their research interests. Search our faculty research interests here. (Note: Faculty may consider admitting students who apply through sponsored programs such as the Fulbright Program. Students who are funded through such programs should indicate their sponsored affiliation when communicating with ECS faculty members.)
  2. Meet the Graduate School requirements of holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 or equivalent
  3. Have adequate preparation in the desired area of study and the potential to undertake advanced study and research as evidenced by academic performance and experience.

Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate records will be evaluated by the Graduate School before the application is complete including three reference letters. Personal reference report forms are included in the online application process.

Want a graduate student perspective on the ECS program? Reach out to one of our recruiting student ambassadors!

What Would You Like to Study?


Rigorous interdisciplinary research is at the core of both the master’s and doctoral programs.  Faculty and students conduct research regionally, nationally and internationally in areas such as:

  • Climate Change
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Geochemistry
  • Environmental Assessment and Remediation
  • Preservation of Biodiversity
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Water, Soil and Waste Management

Follow the links to access the Environmental and Conservation Sciences program Graduate Handbook and Curriculum guide.

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