Minimum Admission Requirements

prairie flower Any UIS undergraduate can declare a major in environmental studies. Visit the Admissions website for more information.  Information on the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems can be found here.

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.

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 (including receipt of all materials by UIS) 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 online Application for Admission,
  • Application fee
  • Complete transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • An academic essay
  • Two letters of recommendation from either professors or employers.

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

Applicants must show successful completion of diverse academic coursework. The letters of recommendation must be informative and enthusiastic, and the academic essay should demonstrate a good fit with the resources and expertise of the department’s faculty. It is expected that prospective MS and MS online students have already contacted a prospective research advisor, who must support the application.

Submit the academic essay and reference letters to:

Office of Admissions
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS UHB 1080
Springfield, IL 62703

Or, send via email to

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 2016-17 before applying.