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Department of Environmental Studies University of Illinois Springfield

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Minimum Admission Requirements

prairie flower Any UIS undergraduate can declare a major in environmental studies. Visit the Admissions website for more information.

For the MS and MA programs, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • An upper division, undergraduate course in ecology with a grade of B or better.
  • Application to the University
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Goals essay

Applications are accepted year-round, but for full consideration you should complete your application by April 1 for the fall term. Students interested in graduate assistantships, Graduate Public Service Internships, and all other internships that begin in the fall semester must complete their application no later than March 1.

Full admission requires a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), satisfactory completion (B or better) of a 300-level ecology course with lab, and general undergraduate preparation in both natural and social sciences.  Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, and/or deficient in the ecology with lab prerequisite will be considered for conditional admission. If conditional admission is recommended, the student is expected to satisfactorily complete (B or better) one or more of the following: 300 level or higher ecology with lab (ENS 544/546 on-campus or ENS 425 online will meet this requirement), ENS 551, and/or ENS 552 during the first year enrolled in the program.


All applicants for admission to the Environmental Studies Department must submit the following application materials to the UIS Office of Admissions:

  • A completed Application for Admission,
  • application fee, and
  • a complete set of transcripts from all colleges and universites attended.

Applicants must specify application to the MA, MA online, MS, or MS online degree program; MA and MA online applicants must also specify their concentration.

Applicants must submit to the ENS department;

  • a letter of application including a statement of academic and professional goals, and
  • two letters of recommendation from either professors or employers.

Appplicants must show successful completion of diverse academic coursework. The letters of recommendation must be informative and enthusiastic, and the goals statement should demonstrate a good fit with the resources and expertise of the department’s faculty. Please follow this link to the Instructions for Letters of Reference and Goals Statement (PDF).  It is expected that prospective MS and MS online students have already contacted a prospective research advisor, who must support the application.

Submit the goals essay and reference letters to:

Environmental Studies Admissions Committee
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS PAC 309
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Or, send via email to the department chair: spred2@uis.edu.

Decisions for admission will only be made after the application file is complete. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as possible.

It will be useful to review our Graduate Handbook 2014-15 before applying.