How to Apply

Apply for Fall Admission!

The M.S. in Environmental Management program only accepts students for the fall semester. The application deadline for fall 2015 is February 15, 2015. Applications are accepted and considered for admission after February 15 on a space-available basis.

Application Process

Start your application online and complete all required sections, including uploading required unofficial documents listed below. 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

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.

Completed applications on file at USF at the time of the deadline will be given priority consideration for admission and for a limited number of scholarships 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.

Notification of Admission

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 Office at 415.422.4119 or email Program Manager Prof. Maggie Winslow at

Tuition Deposit

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.

Required Application Items

  • 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.  Prior to beginning the program, students must have completed at least one semester of college level general or introductory chemistry, preferably with a lab.  If accepted, students are then required to submit official transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • 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 or IELTS score, copy of their passport, and a completed Certification of Finance form with supplemental bank statements (see International Students).

Tests and GPA Requirements

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 an IELTS score of 6.5 is required for consideration. The USF school code for the GRE and TOEFL is 4850. 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.

Financial Aid Application

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 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.

Advising, Registration, Orientation and Start of Classes

Classes for fall 2015 will start on August 22.  On August 15th, 2015 MSEM will hold a required all-day orientation.  All entering students need to attend the orientation.  Admitted students can contact the MSEM Program for details about the advising and registration schedule for new students each fall. The MSEM Program can be contacted at 415.422.4119 or contact Prof. Maggie Winslow at

International Students

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 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.

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