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Sustainability Studies

Department of Sociology

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 36-39 hours Thesis No minor
M.S. 36-39 hours Non-Thesis No minor
M.A. 36-38 hours Thesis No minor
M.A. 36-38 hours Non-Thesis No minor
Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall Semester - Priority † January 15 January 15
Fall Semester - Standard ∞ June 15 June 1
Spring Semester ∞ October 15 October 1
Summer ∞ May 15 March 15
Summer Midterm ∞ May 15 May 1


Graduate course descriptions for this program may be viewed online in the Graduate Catalog.

This program has a flexible deadline. The Graduate College will continue to process applications received after the deadline for this program, on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. If the program is not listed as an option on ApplyTexas for a given semester, applicants may no longer apply for the program for that term. In order to apply for admission consideration for future terms, applicants must submit a new application, fee, and updated support documents.

Financial Support
In order to be considered for scholarship, fellowship, and assistantship funding opportunities offered by The Graduate College, applications for students planning to attend the program full-time must be completed for review before the Priority Application Deadline.  Please note that the application for this program will be available on ApplyTexas at least until the Standard Application Deadline date and then as long as space is available.

Application Decisions
Sustainability Studies program has a rolling admissions process in which a Graduate Admissions Committee considers completed applications as they arrive. An admission decision should be made within three to four weeks, but it could take up to six weeks during peak times.

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Patti Giuffre mailto
Undergraduate Academic Center 449-A

Advisor Support
Michelle Villalpando mailto
Undergraduate Academic Center 449

information  Please visit for more information regarding this program.

Application and Application Fee

Please apply online through the ApplyTexas Application and allow 2 working days for the application to be received by Texas State.

The required non-refundable $40.00 application fee can be submitted with credit/debit card information during the application process. If preferred, applicants may submit a non-refundable $40.00 application fee (check or money order in U.S. currency) made payable to Texas State. The mailing address is listed below.

Please Note: Students who change their admission status must pay the fee associated with the new application. Degree-seeking students changing majors and/or seeking multiple degrees are required to complete a new application and pay the $40 fee.

An additional international evaluation fee of $50.00 (U.S. currency) is required if the application is considered for admission based on foreign credentials.

Transcript and Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

Applicants who are Texas State University degree recipients or are currently enrolled at Texas State, you need to request transcripts for any coursework NOT listed on the Texas State transcript. The Graduate College will provide the Texas State transcripts.

Applicants who are not Texas State University degree recipients or are not currently enrolled at Texas State must submit one official transcript from each four-year college or university from which credit was received.  For institutions that do not use the SPEEDE service, the secure third party vendor must send the electronic transcript to If your previous colleges or universities do not have the ability to send official transcripts electronically in these formats, those transcripts must be mailed directly from the university or college attended or submitted in a sealed university envelope with the university registrar's signature on the back of the envelope to the following address (international transcripts must come directly from the main university’s Registrar’s Office):

Texas State University
The Graduate College
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684

All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned at a four-year college or university before receipt of their Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate work) is required for regular admission.

Applicants who have not yet graduated with a bachelor’s degree should send the transcript with the most recently completed semester’s grades.  The Graduate College will only calculate an applicant’s GPA after the last long (Spring or Fall) semester of coursework prior to graduation has been completed.  For example: Applicants who apply for a program that will begin Fall 2016 and expect to graduate in May 2016 should send transcripts with the Fall 2015 grades.  If transcripts are submitted without this information, applicants will be notified and the application will not be considered complete until the updated transcript has been received.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Requirement

The Sustainability Studies program does not require the Graduate Record Exam.

English Proficiency Requirement (TOEFL/IELTS)

English proficiency exam scores through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are required to apply if English is not the applicant’s native language or if the applicant is not eligible for an automatic TOEFL/IELTS waiver. English proficiency exam scores are valid for two years after the exam date. Fluency in English is expected of all accepted students, specifically in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and writing.  In order to be eligible for regular admission into this program, applicants must submit scores of at least:

  • TOEFL iBT – 78 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 6.5 overall with minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program will allow English-based conditional admission based on TOEFL/IELTS scores. In order to qualify for English-based conditional admission ("Bridge"), applicants must submit the following scores:

  • TOEFL iBT – 59-77 overall
  • IELTS (Academic) – 5.5 or higher overall with minimum individual module scores of 5.5 or higher

Additional Application Requirements

  • Intent to Mentor letter from faculty member that will serve as the research advisor and chair of the master's committee: Identifying a faculty mentor becomes much more difficult during the summer months and for this reason it is strongly encouraged that students prioritize this part of their application. Click on the link above for more information, and then select "Finding a Mentor" from the drop-down menu.
  • Statement of purpose in pursuing the M.A. or M.S. degree: All applicants must submit a statement of purpose that describes personal and career goals. Please include your full name and contact information. The statement should speak to the applicant's academic interests and the relationship of this graduate degree to the applicant's life goals. It should discuss why the applicant is interested in the particular graduate program to which she or he is applying and goals after earning the degree. The Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates the following: (1) Does the applicant demonstrate a familiarity with the field? (2) Does the statement indicate the applicant’s strengths (background, experience, training, and education)? (3) Does the applicant indicate why our program will hone her or his skills? (4) Does the statement show excellence or promise in writing skills? The statement should be approximately 2 pages long (double-spaced).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit three letters of reference from professionals competent to assess the applicant's interest in pursuing a career in this field of study; two of the three letters must be from someone who can assess the applicant’s academic accomplishments and or potential in the program.

Applicants will electronically submit the documents to The Graduate College at Please only submit what is required by the program. Any additional documents mailed or e-mailed to our office will not be attached to applications.

If you are an international applicant or have international components to your application, please visit the International Student web page for other admission requirements that may apply to this program.