Graduate Program Director:
Nathaniel B. Weston, Associate Professor
Office: Mendel Hall, G67G
Ms. Kathleen Cooper
Office: Mendel Hall, G67B
Yes, the Graduate Record Exam is required for admission. While there is no required score for admission, the admissions committee typically looks for scores above the fiftieth percentile in Analytical and Quantitative. You may petition the Graduate Director for a waiver of the GRE if you have three or more years of relevant professional experience.
Applicants must have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for admission to the program.
Yes! Candidates from different backgrounds or those who are lacking one or more of the prerequisites should contact the MSES Office to discuss their admission opportunities. For some applicants and some requirements, missing prerequisite courses may be obtained once enrolled at Villanova.
Transfer from the thesis to non-thesis option or vice versa is possible, but may result in the loss of some credits. Students considering a change in status should consult with their mentor and the MSES Director as soon as possible.
We use the MSES Supplemental Application Form to learn more about you! There are no right or wrong answers, but we’d like to know more about why you are applying to our program, what you hope to gain from it, and your research interests and career goals. In addition to highlighting your most relevant experiences and interests, tell us about the environmental issues you’d like to pursue.
We also use the MSES Supplemental Application Form to match you with a suitable undergraduate course if you are offered a departmental Graduate Assistantship.
Lastly, we request that you provide the names and contact information for three references who are willing to comment on your academic and/or professional background. The references will be contacted independently and asked for a letter on your behalf if you are finalist for a Graduate Assistantship.
You can find information on current research in the Department on our research page and should contact faculty directly about specific on-going projects.
For students on the Research and Thesis Track, we recommend that you have a general idea of the area of research you are most interested and the faculty member you would like to work with. You are encouraged to contact faculty early on in the application process. Faculty members must agree to be your thesis mentor before you can enroll in classes (but not necessarily at the time of admission).
If you are not interested in conducting independent research, the Non-Thesis Portfolio Track may be an ideal fit for you. With this option, you design a program around our elective courses that culminates with the development of an electronic portfolio highlighting your learning outcomes that can be shared with your future employers.
For students on the Non-Thesis Capstone Track, there is more flexibility about selecting a research project or area of research interests. Non-Thesis students are also encouraged to review the research page, as this will provide an excellent overview of our faculty interests, the types of topics you can expect to be covered in courses, and the types of projects that may be available to you for your Capstone research.
If you are not interested in conducting independent research, the Non-Thesis Portfolio Track within the MSES program may be an ideal fit for you. With this option, you design a program around our elective courses that culminates with the development of an electronic portfolio highlighting your learning outcomes that can be shared with your future employers.
Yes, full-time students who apply for fall admission can apply for Graduate Assistantships. The Graduate Assistantship provides a tuition waiver as well as a yearly stipend of roughly $15,000. Students who receive Graduate Assistantships work as research assistants for graduate faculty members or teaching assistants in undergraduate laboratories. There are also funding options outside the department in other offices across the university. Click here for more information and deadlines.
There is no separate application for the fellowships. Students who wish to be considered for them should simply check the box indicating interest in being considered for fellowships on the application.
No, only applicants for fall admission are eligible for fellowship consideration. We do not admit students for spring admission. Please apply for the MSES program for the next fall admission by the posted deadline.
The deadline for admission for the fall is July 20. If you want to be considered for a graduate assistantship, the deadline is March 1 for the fall. If you have missed a deadline, please contact Ms. Kathleen Cooper at (610) 519-3342 or at email@example.com to discuss your options.
The Office of Graduate Studies has created a housing guide and blog to assist in the search process.