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Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for the program:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. A 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission.
  3. UW System application form (
  4. $56.00 application fee
  5. Official transcripts from colleges and universities previously attended: Official electronic transcripts must be sent to UWGB Admissions at directly from the institution that issued the transcript.
    • If you attended less than 9 credits you do not have to send an official transcript unless the courses completed were pre-requisites for the program. Study abroad transcripts are not required if a student attended an international University for one or fewer semesters. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay retains the right to request additional official transcripts from all/or additional postsecondary institutions of higher learning attended by an applicant.
  6. Completion of an undergraduate introductory statistics course, or equivalent.
  7. Two letters of recommendation or evaluation:
    • Preferred:One letter from a faculty advisor, and one from an employer.
    • Alternate option: Two letters from faculty advisors.
    • Applicants are welcome to use the letter of evaluation form or can request traditional reference letters.
    • All letters of evaluation/recommendation must come directly from the evaluator. The Office of Graduate Studies will not accept letters submitted by the applicant.
  8. A 200-300 word Statement of Interest in the program. In a cover letter, applicants may describe their qualifications, scientific interests, research experiences, and potential faculty advisors (if seeking the Thesis Option).
  9. Selection of desired Degree Option (Thesis, Internship, or Course-Based)
    • Students interested in the Thesis Option need to speak with and identify in the Statement of Interest an advisor willing to supervise the thesis at the time of application.
    • Students interested in the Internship and Course-Based Options must contact the Chair of the ES&P Graduate Program regarding internship opportunities, expectations, and program details at the time of application.
  10. Graduate Record Examination scores are NOT required for application to the Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Program.
  11. International students will also need to provide the following documentation:

Applicants who do not meet minimum entrance requirements may be admitted on a provisional bases. Students who wish to enroll in graduate courses without pursuing a degree may enroll as special students.

Learn more by reading the Graduate Catalog.

Finding an Advisor

Finding an advisor that can best guide you through your program of study is probably the most important decision you need to make as you start your program. Your advisor will help you choose which degree option is right for you, as well as guide you in course and emphasis area selection. For thesis option students, they will help you determine your research project and program of study, choose your committee, and guide and advise you through the completion of your thesis. Review our faculty and identify individuals that are working in areas that interest you, and what kinds of projects their past students worked on. Click here to be directed to our program faculty.

Contacting Potential Advisors

Once you have identified one or more faculty members whose work you have reviewed, contact them via email. Be sure to provide a short introduction that includes your general educational and career goals, as well as your research interests.

Questions to ask a potential advisor:

  • Are they currently accepting students?
  • What projects are they actively seeking students to fill?
  • How do they run their lab?
  • Do they have regular meetings with their students and staff?
  • What laboratory and office space and resources are available for graduate students?
  • What types of funding do they think would be available to fund graduate student research?

Visit Campus

The best way to see if our program and UW-Green Bay are the right fit for you is by visiting the campus. Graduate School staff can help you set up meetings with potential advisors, sit in on a graduate class, meet with other graduate students, and tour our facilities. Email a faculty member of interest or to set something up - we would love to meet you!