Applying to the Program

The program is academically rigorous and demanding; it requires dedication, focus, and an abiding passion for the environment.  Only students interested in working on issues supported by faculty expertise and interest are admitted to the program.  Applicants should review the research focus areas for the Environmental Studies Thesis Advisors prior to applying. Decisions on applicants will be made on an individual basis. Acceptance will be contingent on the willingness of a full time faculty member to serve as thesis advisor.


Admission Deadlines

Visit the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) website for Graduate Application Deadlines.


Application Checklist


  1. Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator

  2. Contact potential Thesis Advisors

  3. Apply online through Cal State Apply

  4. Submit Financial Aid application, if applicable

  5. Send the following items to the appropriate department:

    Graduate Admissions and Program evaluations (GAPE):
    1. Submit Official Transcripts
    2. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Scores

    To be emailed to the Environmental Studies Department (
    1. Two Letters of Recommendation
    2. Statement of Purpose
    3. Unofficial Transcripts


Contact Graduate Program Coordinator

For more information about the Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Rachel O'Malley, at


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Contact Potential Faculty Thesis Advisors

Click on the above link to view a list of tenured & tenure track faculty that can serve as thesis advisors.



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Apply Online Through Cal State Apply

Applications are submitted electronically using Cal State Apply through Graduate Admissions (GAPE).  Prospective students should check with GAPE for University domestic and international applications and Graduate Application Deadlines.  Be sure to follow directions carefully, as incomplete applications are not forwarded to the department.


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Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Environmental Studies Department strongly encourages students to apply for scholarship and fellowship funding at the same time that they are applying to the graduate program at SJSU.  The department does not guarantee funding to any of its graduate students.  Rather, students are encouraged to apply for all college level and departmental research grants and to work with their Thesis Advisor to develop outside funding opportunities.  In addition, each year the College of Social Sciences and the Environmental Studies Department advertise a few small grants and graduate students are encouraged to apply.  Many students also seek financial assistance through the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.


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To be sent to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE)

Applicants must submit the following documents to the GAPE office:

  1. Submit official U.S./Canada transcripts or World Education Services (WES) evaluation to SJSU (See step 5)
  2. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Scores (International applicants only)


Electronic Copies to be Emailed to the Environmental Studies Department

In addition to the electronic university application, applicants must submit the following three items electronically to the deparment:

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation, at least one from a university faculty member (emailed directly from the letter writers since students are not allowed to see the letters of recommendation)

  2. A Two to Three-Page Statement of Purpose (SOP), in PDF format, that briefly describes the student's relevant background, goals, and objectives for seeking the Master of Science in Environmental Studies degree at SJSU.  The SOP should indicate the proposed area of focus for thesis work and specific faculty members that the student might wish to work with.

  3. Unofficial Transcripts to be emailed in PDF format (send official transcripts to GAPE).

Email electronic copies of the above documents to


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