Environmental Studies Graduate Admission
Students from any undergraduate major are encouraged to apply to the Environmental Studies (EVST) Masters program. The EVST Program highly values evidence of service and engagement of many kinds in graduate applicants, and we particularly encourage those who have been Peace Corps Volunteers to apply. Over decades, many of our most outstanding students and alumni have been PC Volunteers.
New: The EVST Masters Program has been approved as a distinctive program within the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). If you are admitted to our Program for Fall 2016 or later, and if you are a legal resident of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming, the UM Graduate School will notify you of your WRGP in-state tuition rate status upon admission. Subject to continued UM WRGP policy, residents of these states admitted to the EVST Program will qualify for Montana resident rate tuition. See the WICHE/WRGP website for details.
Graduate applications are screened by the EVST Director and routed to potential advisors based on applicants stated interests and/or stated review requests. Final decisions are confirmed by faculty as a whole. Decisions are based on consideration of the full range of applicant information supplied, including GPAs, GREs, the 3 written statements, past applicant experience, transcripts, and reference letters. The whole of these factors are then considered in the context of the full applicant pool and the availability of interest area advisors, both of which can vary significantly from year to year.
First: Apply to the University of Montana Graduate School
You will be asked which semester you are applying for—Spring or Fall. Please see important note below about any applications for Spring semester.
You can monitor the status of your application materials on the College Net site by logging in to the account you created to apply and viewing your Personal Activity Page. Materials will be logged in as received and your application status will be marked “application complete” once we have all required materials.
Priority will be given to applications completed in College Net by January 15th; that includes official transcript(s) received in the EVST office and official GRE scores received by UM from ETS. Applications completed after this date will be considered on a space available basis.
Applications are also considered on a space available basis with a priority deadline of October 15; however, please note that the 1st-year Teaching Assistantships described on the EVST application form are only available for Fall semester admission. Also, please do not apply for Spring admission if your intent, if admitted, is to come in the fall: in such cases, deferred admission can rarely be granted, and the Grad School requires you to reapply and repay application fees should you decide to start a different semester.
Second: Provide the Following Additional Materials
Online Environmental Studies Program Application Form
When you select EVST as the program you are applying to from the grad school menu, you will be directed to the EVST form. Complete this form, save it in WORD, and upload it on page 7—Additional Information—of the online Graduate School Application form. (Answers to the three questions on the EVST application form serve as your statement of purpose. These responses and your experience in environmental activities are given careful consideration and are also used to select your initial advisor. Acceptance into the program requires that we identify an appropriate faculty advisor for each candidate.)
Detail your experiences from college onward, and upload your Resume on page 7—Additional Information—of the online Graduate School Application form.
Request official transcripts from every college, university, or trade school you have attended mailed to the EVST office at address below. Some universities can send official transcripts electronically, and if so, that is also acceptable.
Letters of Recommendation
Provide 3 letters of recommendation. At least one of these should be an academic reference. Your recommenders should use the on-line recommendation method that is part of the online Graduate School Application Form. If this is impossible for some particular recommender or reason, please contact Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org in the EVST office for alternatives: 406-243-6273.
Official Test Scores
- GRE - Environmental Studies requires verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores. Subject tests are not required. Use the University of Montana institution code 4489 to indicate that you would like your score sent to UM. The University of Montana receives all GRE score reports electronically so a department code is no longer needed. If you took the test prior to spring 2003, we will accept an official paper copy of your score report. Applicants to the joint Environmental Studies/Law program may submit a LSAT score in lieu of a GRE score. We recommend taking the GRE by December 1st so that UM will officially receive your score by our January 15th priority application deadline.
- TOEFL - Applicants who are graduates of English-speaking universities are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB, however, all applicants must submit scores for the GRE. Applicants whose native language is not English and did not attend an English-speaking university, must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) scores. If the TOEFL score is below 580 (paper-based test), 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (internet-based test), the IELTS score is below 7.0 or the MELAB score is below 82, applicants may be admitted provisionally or as a graduate non-degree student and be required to complete English as a Second Language course(s) before they can take courses in Environmental Studies.
Letters of Recommendation
Provide 3 letters of reccomendation. At least one of these should be an academic reference. Your recommenders should use the on-line recommendation method that is part of the online Graduate School Application Form. If this is impossible for some particular recommender or reason, please contact the EVST office for alternatives: 406-243-6273.
- If you are interested in being considered for a Teaching Assistantship (TA), see the relevant questions on the Environmental Studies Program application form, and for the English TA only, upload a required expository writing sample as “Writing Sample” on page 7—Additional Information—of the online Graduate School Application form. There is no separate TA application.
- If you are interested in the Environmental Writing focus with the EVST Program, see the relevant questions on the EVST online application form, and upload a brief writing sample as “Document” on page 7—Additional Information—of the online Graduate School Application form.
Applications will not be reviewed until all required materials (official test scores, transcripts, 3 reference letters, the EVST Program application with your written answers to 3 questions--and when appropriate, English TA expository writing sample and/or environmental writing focus writing sample) are received. Applications cannot be considered for admission until they are complete.
Mailing address for transcripts and written inquiries:
University of Montana
Environmental Studies Program
32 Campus Drive #4320
Missoula, MT 59812-4320