Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Natural Resources Science and Management (NRSM) graduate program. All materials are submitted electronically through the ApplyYourself application system. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants using this system.

Acceptance to the program is based on a competitive weighing of credentials in conjunction with available space, advisors, and funding. Because individual faculty make the final selection of their graduate students, we strongly encourage that you communicate directly with those faculty members whose research interests match your own. We will only admit an applicant if an NRSM faculty member has agreed to advise them. This means that sometimes very strong applicants are denied admission simply because there isn't a match with a faculty advisor who has an opening for a new graduate student.

Application Deadline

Although applications are processed on a continuous basis, for the fall semester enrollment we recommend that all materials be submitted by December 16th. Applications received after this date will still be considered for admission but will not be eligible for full fellowship consideration. Only students with a completed application on file will be considered for admission. 

Submission of the following indicate a complete application file:

Materials:

Where to submit:

Additional Information:

Application

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Required fields: Personal Information, Application Information, Educational Background, Languages, Awards & Activities, Employment/Residence Information, Financial Support, Applicant Statements #1 and #2, and Recommendations.  

Optional fields: All other fields or application materials are optional, but will be taken into consideration if submitted.  

Click here to access the online application.

Application Fee

Electronically via ApplyYourself

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Transcripts

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Unofficial transcripts or academic records should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. Please do not mail in paper copies of your transcripts, there is no need for official transcripts or academic records for initial review. 

If you are admitted, the University will then request official copies of this material. 

Click here for more information about transcripts and credentials.

Click here for more information about international transcripts and credentials.

Letters of Recommendation

Electronically via ApplyYourself Acceptable recommendations will come from persons acquainted with your academic and professional experience and who can assess your potential for graduate work.

GRE Scores

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Request that ETS report the scores to institution code 6874.

English Language test scores

(for non-native speakers of English)

Electronically via ApplyYourself

Click here for more information about TOEFL Scores. 

The statement of purpose is part of your online application. Focus on your long-range and short-term career objectives and any teaching or research experience you may have. Please be sure and use this opportunity to tell us which of our faculty members you are most interested in working with. This will help us make sure that your application is viewed by the individuals who most need to see it.

Letters of recommendation: You provide the names of your recommenders and their contact information, and the ApplyYourself system will send them an e-mail explaining the process. Please make sure recommenders know that we require a thoughtful and candid letter (termed a "narrative" in ApplyYourself) in addition to the quantitative summary they are asked to provide.

GRE scores are only a part of the application, and the program is a broad and interdisciplinary one with many different fields of study. For these reasons the program does not set any minimum score requirements for admission. Study hard and do your best.

For non-native speakers of English, scores from an English proficiency exam are required. Applicants may submit either the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS. More information about the Graduate School's language requirement is available on their website.

Other optional materials may include reprints of published papers, theses or unpublished reports, etc. A résumé or CV, while not required, can be helpful as well, and may also be attached. These may be submitted under 'Other Information' on the Graduate Program Supplementary Information section of the online application.