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Sustainability Studies

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Patti Giuffre
UAC, Room 449A

Advisor Support
Lindy Knowles
UAC, Room 449B

With occupations changing to include environmentally conscious knowledge, “green” vocations are in higher demand. The need for environmental protection services is creating excellent job opportunities for those with advanced degrees. The graduate degrees in sustainability studies prepare committed leaders to address emerging sustainability issues.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36–39 Thesis No minor
M.S. 36–39 Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. 36–38 Thesis No minor
M.A. 36–38 Non-Thesis No minor

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I May 15 March 15
Summer II May 15 No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required


  • mentor communication (intent to mentor letter) from a faculty member that will serve as your research advisor and chair of the master's committee (for the thesis track) or the professional project committee (for the non-thesis track). Identifying a faculty mentor becomes much more difficult during the summer months and for this reason it is strongly encouraged that you prioritize this part of your application. For tips on finding a mentor, click on the link above and select "Finding a Mentor" from the list.
  • statement of purpose (approximately two pages, double-spaced with your full name and contact information) regarding your interest in pursuing the M.A. or M.S. degree and describing your personal and career goals. Include your academic interests and the relationship of this graduate degree to your life/personal goals. Also, discuss why you are interested in the particular graduate program and explain your career goals after earning the degree. The Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates the following:
    • Do you demonstrate a familiarity with the field?
    • Does your statement indicate your strengths (background, experience, training, and education)?
    • Do you indicate why our program will hone your skills?
    • Does the statement show excellence or promise in writing skills? 
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals competent to assess your interest in pursuing a career in this field of study. Two of the three letters must be from someone who can assess your academic accomplishments and/or potential in the program.

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

If you do not meet the scores above, you may qualify for English-based conditional admission if you meet the minimum scores below:

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 59 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 5.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 5.5

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.