How to Apply
Before proceeding, please read this information about admission standards.
Environmental Science Admission Standards
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1) Please complete the on-line ISU Graduate College application and pay the application fee.
The links to applications for both US citizens (including permanent residents, refugees or political asylees) and international students are located at the following page.
Please send official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate course work to the ISU Office of Admissions per the instructions in the Graduate College application. For minimum GPA requirements, please see admission standards.
2) Please submit a statement of research interest in the space provided in the on-line application. In it, please describe your purpose in pursuing graduate study, your specific research interests, your background and/or experience related to environmental science, preferred faculty advisor (if known), and any other information that you feel is relevant to your application.
3) Please also submit a professional CV or resume, including honors and awards you have received. E-mail transmission is preferred. Please send via email@example.com.
4) All applicants must submit an official score report from the GRE General Test. Reports should be sent directly from ETS to the Office of Admissions (institution code 6306, department code 0502). For minimum required scores, please see admission standards.
5) Applicants whose native language is not English must provide an official score report from the TOEFL or IELTS English examinations. For minimum required scores, please see admission standards. Score reports should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the testing agency (institution code 6306, department code 46 for the TOEFL).
6) Applicants must provide three letters of reference, which may be submitted in one of two ways:
Applicants are encouraged to browse information about individual faculty research at the following Faculty Directory and to identify compatible faculty in their statements of interest.
Environmental Science encourages ISU graduate students who are interested in expanding their environmental credentials to add ENSCI as a co-major program of study.
To apply for the co-major, please submit the following items to the Environmental Science program coordinator Charles Sauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact the program coordinator Charles Sauer for assistance.
Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a US veteran.
Inquiries about this policy may be made to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 3680 Beardshear Hall, telephone 515.294.7612.
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EnSci Graduate Program Office
Charles R. Sauer
657 Ross Hall (office)
603 Ross Hall (campus mail box)
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011-1200 USA
The Environmental Science program accepts applications on an ongoing basis and so has no fixed deadlines; however, applicants seeking financial support are encouraged to apply as early as practical prior to their planned term of entry. Applying early ensures full consideration for all possible financial awards.
Those seeking priority consideration for all potential financial support programs for fall term entry (August)
are advised to submit a complete application by 1 February.
Students are supported by research assistantships and teaching assistantships administered through their home departments. A limited number of fellowships are available to highly qualified applicants through the Environmental Science program. For more information on funding opportunities, please contact the