Application Information for MS Program in Environmental Science
To apply to the Master of Science degree program in Environmental Science, two separate applications must be completed: 1) the University application, to be submitted using CSUMentor, and 2) the Environmental Science Masters Degree Program application to be submitted to the Department of Biological Sciences. Each application must be accompanied by an official set of transcripts. All student must meet the University's minimum requirements for graduate studies.
Important Notice! Due to the California state budget crisis and its effect on the California State University system, many CSU programs are required to reduce their enrollment. It is best to apply as early as possible. You can visit the CSUMentor Application Status Filing Report to which CSU campuses are currently accepting applications, which majors are opened or closed, and to read any messages left by the campus.
The MS in Environmental Science application procedure involves several components. In addition to the completed University application, you must
- complete an Environmental Science program application
- identify a potential research advisor
- write a statement of purpose
- have three letters of recommendation sent to the Department
- have official transcripts sent to the Department
These requirements are described in more detail below.
Applications to the Master of Science Degree Program in Environmental Science are accepted once or twice per year. Contact the Department of Biological Sciences office for application due dates.
Please carefully read all instructions below and on the application form and do not hesitate to contact the Department if you need more information. Only completed applications that are submitted by the deadline will be considered!
Environmental Science Program Application
Admission into the MS Degree Program in Environmental Science is contingent upon review and acceptance of your application by the Environmental Science Program Director and the admissions committee. The application form is provided below. Submit this application directly to the Department of Biological Sciences, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8201.
|Environmental Science Application Form|
Identification of a Potential Faculty Research Advisor
You need to identify a potential Faculty Advisor whether you choose the research or the professional track. This is a key first step in the application process. Note that a successful program application for the research track requires confirmation of acceptance into a research laboratory. Evidence of completed interviews with three faculty members in your area of interest will also qualify you for entrance into the program as a research-track student, as well as entrance as a professional-track student. We recommend that you first visit the CEA-CREST website to explore the research interests of the Environmental Science faculty. Then schedule an appointment with the faculty of interest via email or telephone. If you are off campus, you may want to schedule all interviews for the same day. To prepare for the interviews we recommend that you read representative publications of the faculty member selected and formulate a list of questions regarding the research field and research environment:
- How many graduate students has the faculty member supported?
- How many students are currently being supported?
- What funding is available for student support?
- Where have graduates been placed after completing the program?
- How much time will the faculty advisor have for you?
- How much time does it take to complete the Master's Degree?
In addition, you should be prepared to answer questions addressing:
- Your research interests
- Your expectations for the program
- Your immediate and long-term professional plans
Statement of Purpose
In your statment of purpose, please comment on your specific research interests, you academic goals, and how our program can be of help to you. Comment on why you chose our program, what qualities make you a suitable candidate, and how you could contribute to our program. Please do not submit an essay about your general life experiences; the program would like to know about your academic and scientific qualifications.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required as part of your application. Choose professional individuals (e.g. research supervisor, supervisor in science related employment, professors) who are best suited to comment on your intellectual talents, motivation, interactions with peers, work attitude and performance. Ask these individuals to make specific comments on your suitability for the degree program.
You need two sets of official transcripts for your application to the Graduate Degree program in Environmental Science. One is for our program and one is to be submitted to the University Admissions Office.