Our program requires application materials be submitted online.
Read these instructions carefully, and follow the steps listed below.
Applications for fall 2015 admission must be received
no later than January 15, 2015.
We accept applications for fall admission only.
We strongly recommend early submission. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. We do not make exceptions to this rule. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that all application materials are submitted by the deadline, including transcripts, reference letters, and GRE scores.
You will need to complete the secure online application for the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program. When choosing your major from the drop-down menu, make sure you click on the correct major name for the degree you want. Our Master’s major is Environmental Studies. A $50 non-refundable fee (credit card or e-check) is required by the Office of Admissions for the Graduate Admissions Application; payment is the last step for the applicant in filling out the online application. You may edit your application until you have paid the fee; after that time you have access only to monitor the application to ensure it is complete by the deadline. For this reason, be sure to keep your login credentials (user name and password) in a safe place.
In the course of completing the application, you will upload your resume, statement of purpose, and transcripts, and will enter general information. In order to complete the online application, you will need the following information:
- Personal information (input)
- Residency information (input)
- Applicant course plan information (input)
- GRE information (self-report by input; have official scores sent to the Environmental Studies Program)
- TOEFL or IELTS information (international applicants only)
- Resume and Statement of Purpose (upload PDF)
- Transcripts (self-report by uploading; have official hard copy degree transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions)
- Referees (input names, positions, institutions, and email addresses for three people who are writing letters of recommendation for you)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE PROGRAM PORTION OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION
Resume and Statement of Purpose
Upload a current résumé or CV in the CV upload window. List any environmentally-related employment or projects. In addition, upload in the Statement of Purpose window a narrative of three to five double-spaced, typewritten pages that clearly expresses your reasons for applying to this program. Show how past achievements make you a good candidate and how your experience will complement your ambitions. This and the applicant course plan information is the heart of your application —your opportunity to make your case to the admissions committee.
Avoid the obvious: assume every applicant is dedicated to making the world a better place, has nurtured these tendencies since childhood, and thinks the Pacific Northwest is beautiful and environmentally-friendly.
Needless to say, typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors do not have a place in the statement of purpose.
Applicant Course Plan
Input information into the applicant course plan areas in the online application. You will name two or three faculty members with whom you share research interests and with whom you would like to work. Name your two areas of concentration, and list courses that fit into those concentration areas. The information from the applicant course plan should map your course of action for achieving the goals outlined in the statement of purpose (these two documents should strongly support each other). To create the applicant course plan, access the listing of graduate-level courses in the University of Oregon Catalog. Your concentration areas may be composed of any 500-600 level classes offered at the University that are listed in the Catalog. Ideally, the concentration areas complement each other and form a coherent, cohesive plan for your studies.
Letters of Recommendation (3)
Identify three people familiar with your academic record, intellectual ability, and environmental experience who can attest to your chances of success in a rigorous, interdisciplinary Master’s program. Recommendations from faculty members who have taught or advised you carry the most weight. Letters from professionals who have supervised you in environmental work are also acceptable in a supplemental capacity.
The online application requests contact information (name, position, institution, and email address) for each referee. Upon your submission of their contact information, each referee will be notified via email and provided with instructions on how to submit their recommendations.
1. Upload your transcripts from all institutions you have attended into the online application. You will also enter your degree GPA (or your current GPA, if you are still an undergraduate student) in the online departmental application.
2. You will need to have the institution(s) from which you earned a degree snail-mail one official transcript to: Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1217.
3. If you are offered admission to our program, we will require you to have official hard copy transcripts sent from each institution where you took classes to this address: Graduate Programs Coordinator, Environmental Studies Program, 5223 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5223. Do not send hard copy transcripts to ENVS until we request them or you are offered admission.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
The GRE General Test is required for all applicants. The GRE Subject Test is not required. We do not have a minimum score requirement, but our admitted students typically have scored in the top 25th percentile of the test.
Applicants should take the general test in time for the official results to arrive before the January 15 application deadline. We strongly recommend you take the test by December 1, as it can take up to 6 weeks for us to receive the scores.
Official GRE test scores must be self-reported in the Program portion of the online application, AND the official score report of your test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the Environmental Studies Program (see address above). The code for the University of Oregon is 4846, and the code for the Environmental Studies Program is 0502 (Environmental Sciences; there is no code for Environmental Studies). Both codes must be used in order for the test scores to be sent to the appropriate destination.
When self-reporting your scores, if you have taken the test more than once, use your highest combined score from one date; do not mix and match scores.
Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores (international students only)
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international students. If you graduated from an English-speaking university within the past 7 years, this requirement may be waived.
Official TOEFL or IELTS scores must be self-reported in the Program portion of the online application, and the official score report of your test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the Environmental Studies Program (see address above). See below for more information.
The applicant is responsible for ensuring all documents required to complete the application are submitted by the January 15 deadline. You may view the status of your application through the self-monitoring portion (checklist) of your online application. Therefore, do not contact the Environmental Studies Program to check on the status of your application.
Admission decisions will be made by mid-March. Applicants accepted into the Program will be notified by both phone and email. All other applicants will be notified via email.
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Additional Information for International Applicants
- International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL or the IELTS. The Graduate School and the Program require a score of at least 575 on the paper-based exam, 88 on the internet-based exam, or 7 on the IELTS. Applicants with scores below the minimums required will not be considered for graduate admission. Official copies of the TOEFL scores must be sent to the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program. Use institution code 4846 and department code 46.
- International students offered a Graduate Teaching Fellowship (GTF) appointment are required to have a Test of Spoken English (TSE) score or a Speaking Proficiency English Assessment (SPEAK) score on file with the Graduate School before their GTF appointment will be approved. The SPEAK test is offered on campus.
- All international students enter the United States with “F-1″ visa classification (non-immigrant student status). In order to get F-1 status, an applicant must present the I-20 form issued from the University to the US Consulate in his or her country. The University of Oregon will not mail the I-20 form until the applicant has been judged admissible on academic grounds, has shown language proficiency to succeed in the program, and has certified adequate financial resources for support. International applicants must have proof that adequate financial resources are available to cover expenses while completing the graduate program. The Financial Statement form must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Further information is available from International Affairs, phone 541-346-3206.
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Students admitted to the program usually receive partial support with a graduate teaching fellowship (GTF), which includes a salary, tuition waiver, and health insurance. Applicants do not need to fill out a separate application to be considered for a graduate teaching fellowship, as all students admitted to the program are considered for the available fellowships. For more information about graduate teaching fellowships, please consult Graduate Student Funding and our Graduate Program FAQ.
The Environmental Studies Program does not administer financial aid, loans, grants, or scholarships. Students may wish to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 800-760-6953, to find out about scholarship or other funding opportunities.
Occasionally students in our programs are supported by individual grants to specific faculty, but this is rare and very difficult to arrange until students are involved in the program.
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Direct any questions concerning the application process to Gayla WardWell, Graduate Programs Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Program. Gayla can be reached at (541) 346-5057 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her hours are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Pacific Time), Mondays through Thursdays. The ENVS office is closed every day from noon to 1 PM for lunch and on Fridays throughout the summer.
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