How to Apply
Apply for Fall Admission!
The M.S. in Environmental Management program only accepts students for the fall semester.
The priority application deadline for the fall is February 15. Applications will still be accepted and reviewed for admission until May 2.
Apply online and upload all required application documents listed below. Once all application items have been received, applications will be reviewed for admission and for a limited number of scholarships. It is best to apply as early as possible, before the deadline.
Completed applications on file at USF at the time of the deadline will be given priority consideration for admission and financial assistance offered by the Environmental Management program. Applications are accepted and reviewed after the deadline until the upcoming program is full. Applicants are encouraged to submit all of their application items earlier than the date listed above.
Start your application online and complete all required sections, including uploading required unofficial documents. All application items (for example, resume, official transcripts, English language test scores, and recommender information) must be uploaded before you submit your application. Once you submit, your application will be incomplete until your recommenders submit their online letter of recommendation
- Create an online application account.
- Transcripts – Unofficial transcript from each university-level institution attended may be uploaded for review purposes. Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree with some education and/or professional background in chemistry. If an applicant completed undergraduate studies a number of years ago, a refresher course in chemistry may be recommended by the Admissions Committee. Such short, intensive, conveniently scheduled chemistry courses are offered at UC Berkeley Extension and San Francisco City College, among others. If accepted, students are then required to submit official transcripts.
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose - A two-to-three page essay that describes your professional and educational interests, background and goals.
- International students are required to submit their official TOEFL score, copy of their passport, and a completed Certification of Finance form with supplemental bank statements (see International Students).
Check your online application frequently to monitor the status of your application. Please contact the Environmental Management Program office directly with questions about an admission decision after your application is complete.
The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required for this graduate program.
An official TOEFL score is required of international applicants. A minimum TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based) or 575 (paper-based), or an IELTS score of 6.5 is required for consideration. After review of an application, coursework in USF's Intensive English Program may be recommended or required.
Applicants to graduate school typically hold a 2.7 GPA or higher in their undergraduate degree and a 3.0 GPA or higher in courses in their undergraduate major. However, professional experiences in the environmental field (as described in your resume and statement of purpose) are also weighed strongly by the Admission Committee.
When an application and all application items have been submitted and verified, then an application is complete and ready for admission review by the MSEM Program. Admission review begins after the February 15 deadline. Admission decisions are released beginning 4 to 6 weeks after the deadline.
Included in the admission decision letter is notification of any scholarship awarded by the graduate program. Applicants receive email notification when the admission decision is available online. Admitted applicants also receive an admission package in the mail.
Applicants can check their admission status online. If no decision is available within that time, applicants can contact the Environmental Management program at 415.422.6553 or by email at email@example.com.
All students who are admitted to the graduate program are required to submit a tuition deposit to reserve a space in the program after notification of admission is received. The tuition deposit deadline is included in the student's letter of admission. The tuition deposit must be received at the MSEM Program at USF on, or before, that date or the admitted student is not guaranteed a place in the graduate program and the admission will be canceled.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you can begin the free application process for a U.S. federal student loan at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The USF federal school code for the FAFSA is 001325. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for $20,500 in U.S. federal student loans in each year of graduate studies, unless if a student has defaulted on a previous student loan. There is no application deadline for these loans, although students are encouraged to submit a FAFSA as soon as possible since the loan process can take eight weeks to complete.
International students, and U.S. students, can contact the One Stop/Financial Aid Office for other student loan programs available to graduate students.
Admitted students should contact the MSEM Program for details about the advising and registration schedule in August for new students each fall. The MSEM Program can be contacted at 415.422.6553 or contact Prof. Maggie Winslow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students are highly recommended to arrive at USF at least 10 days before the first day of classes in the fall in order to finalize housing arrangements and attend the International Student Orientation. Contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for details and dates about the International Student Orientation at email@example.com or by phone at 415.422.2654.
International students should note that the earliest arrival in the United States that an F-1 visa allows is 30 days before the start date on the I-20 form issued to you.
MSEM Assistant Professor Gretchen Coffman and three MSEM graduate students worked in Muir Woods this summer on a riparian tree survey with a team of restoration scientists.
Allison Luengen, assistant professor of environmental science/management at USF, worries that California consumers are being sold fish with high mercury levels at popular grocery stores, fish markets, and sushi restaurants.
Phytoplankton are the oceans' canaries in a coalmine for USF's Deneb Karentz, which is why she travels to one of the coldest places on earth to learn how these microscopic life forms are adapting to climate change.
MSEM Alumnus Jason Simon gave a guest lecture in MSEM’s Resource Economics class in February titled: Practical Use of LCOE in Renewable Energy Project Bidding and System Planning.