Requirements for Admission

Candidates must meet all of the University admission requirements.The following list describes the minimum requirements for admission to the Master in Environmental Studies

  1. An undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies or related field from an accredited institution. Students who have completed a major in another field may be accepted as "conditionally classified." Conditionally classified students will be required to complete prerequisites or meet other conditions before they are able to apply for classified standing.
  2. An overall grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better for the last 60 semester units of academic study at an accredited institution.
  3. English Language Proficiency Exam Requiremtns. Applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 580 (Paper Based), 237 (Computer Based), or 92 (Internet Based) on the TOEFL ; IELTS score of 6.5 exam for foreign students. 
    Note: All test scores must be less than two years old. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing office to San José State University (SJSU Institution Code is 4687; Department Code is 0502).
  4. Two letters of recommendation from university faculty members or professionals in the field.
  5. A personal statement of purpose that describes your background and objectives for seeking the MS - Environmental Studies at SJSU. This letter should also convey a sense of focus and direction for thesis research and potential faculty thesis advisers in the department.
  6. Other Requirements
  • Research interests that complement those of existing faculty in the Environmental Studies Department at SJSU.
  • Capability, in the opinion of the Graduate Committee, of successfully completing the degree requirements.

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