Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I attend Montclair State University for my doctoral education?
Montclair State University combines the best of all worlds. We boast a world-class faculty whose research is supported by numerous state and federal funding agencies, and who are deeply committed to mentoring and training the next generation of scientists. Montclair State University provides a superior educational experience at a fraction of the cost of a private university or institute. We are one of only 3 public doctoral research universities in New Jersey. We are ranked among the top 100 public universities nationwide in the United States by U.S. News and World Report and by the Wall Street Journal.
What research opportunities exist in Environmental Management?
Our faculty conduct research in the following broad areas:
Faculty research programs are funded the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Sea Grant, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, among others. View our research pages and individual faculty pages to learn more about projects in progress and student opportunities.
What career paths and job options are available to Environmental Management graduates?
Our alumni are employed by municipal, state, and federal government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, are employed as university professors, are staff scientists in environmental consulting firms and private industry, and work at non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the environment. View our alumni page to see where our program alumni are employed.
What are your program demographics?
At any given time the Environmental Management program has 35 to 40 students, roughly two-thirds of whom are full-time students. Our male:female distribution is 50:50. Our students come from the across the United States, China, Ghana, India, and Iran. View our student profile page to learn more about our current students and their research interests.
How much time is required to complete the program?
Our program is 72 credits, evenly distributed between coursework and research. The minimum completion time is 4 years for a full-time student. The typical completion time for our full-time alumni was 5 years, and 7-8 years for our part-time students.
How do I apply for the Environmental Management PhD program at Montclair State University?
The application process is fully online and administered by the Graduate School. Applications are due by January 15 for students seeking to begin the program in the following Fall semester. Visit the Graduate School’s application website to begin your application. ALL application materials should be submitted directly to the Graduate School by January 15, as per the instructions in the application website.
Are there eligibility criteria to submit an application?
There is no pre-screening process. Any interested prospective student may submit an application to the Graduate School. Applications are due by January 15. We encourage you to view the application procedures page for more information.
How do I arrange a visit to Montclair State University?
The Montclair State University Graduate School runs two formal Open House events each year, typically in October and February. We strongly encourage prospective students to attend these events to meet with program faculty and students and tour our facilities. The application fee is waived for students who attend an Open House event. Prospective students may also set up informal visits by contacting prospective faculty advisors or the program director. Prospective students should always contact us well in advance to ensure that the director and faculty are on campus and available at the time of your visit.
What is the application due date for the Environmental Management Program?
For students seeking to begin the program during the 2018-19 academic year, the new due date is January 15, 2018 for students seeking financial aid and a Fall 2018 start date. 
Is the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) required?
Yes, the GRE is required for doctoral admission. Exam scores must be current within the last five years. GRE exams will not be waived. Montclair State University’s reporting code is 2520.
Are there minimum GPA and GRE scores needed for admission to the Environmental Management Program?
Applicants must have a bachelors GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a graduate GPA of at least a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. There is no minimum GRE score required for admission. The average GRE scores for our current students are 306 (Q + V) and 4 for the analytical writing section.
What are you looking for in the Personal Statement and Research Statement?
The program faculty are looking for well-written statements that detail your environmental management interests, your background experiences that have prepared you for doctoral level research, your interactions with prospective advisors, and your ideas for dissertation research.
I am an international applicant. How do I submit transcripts from overseas institutions?
International applicants must submit transcripts to a foreign credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Foreign credential evaluation consists of foreign language translation, course-by course evaluation to determine content equivalencies, and conversion of grades to their U.S. equivalents. Visit the NACES website for a list of NACES members. Please also see the Graduate School’s webpage with additional information for international applicants.
I am an international applicant. What are the minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores required for admission?
Montclair State University requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam for international applicants who are non-native English speakers. A TOEFL score of at least 117 on the Internet-based test is required for doctoral applicants. Montclair State University’s reporting code is 2520.
In place of the TOEFL exam, international applicants may submit official scores from the International English Language Testing System. A minimum score of band 6.5 is required for doctoral applicants. Montclair State University’s reporting code is 2520.
Please also see the Graduate School’s webpage with additional information for international applicants.
Can I request a waiver of the TOEFL exam?
The TOEFL or IELTS exams can be waived only under the following circumstances:
  • You have successfully completed Level 112 at any ELS Language Center worldwide. Provide official documentation with your online application.
  • You earned a degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Provide official documentation with your online application.
  • You have completed 24 non-remedial credits from an accredited United States college or university (documented via your official transcripts).
  • You have earned a Master's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university (documented via your official transcripts).
To request a waiver for one of the reasons listed above, complete the Request for Standardized Test Waiver form and upload the appropriate documentation with your admissions application materials.
I am an international student. Am I required to demonstrate English language proficiency in addition to the TOEFL exam?
YES. If accepted, you are required to take an English language proficiency test upon arrival at Montclair State University. Visit the English as a Second Language (ESL) office at one of the times listed on their website. The test is free of charge. The purpose of this test is to identify students who need additional support or instruction in order to succeed in research, coursework, and teaching duties. Upon review of the English language proficiency test score, students may be required to enroll in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at Montclair State University.
How are applications evaluated for program admissions?
The admissions committee takes a holistic approach to evaluating applications. We are interested in students whose research interests are compatible with our faculty advisors, who have demonstrated potential for conducting original, creative, independent research at the doctoral level, and who possess strong quantitative skills, and written and oral communication skills. We assess your transcripts and the diversity and rigor of coursework you have completed, we assess your previous research and employment experience as detailed in your personal statement and research statement, and through candid evaluations provided by your references. Any students with deficiencies in background preparation will be required to address those deficiencies through coursework within the first year of study.
What financial support is available for Environmental Management doctoral students?
The Environmental Management program offers several forms of financial aid.
  • University-funded Doctoral Fellowships (DF) support full-time students. These awards consist of a stipend and a tuition waiver covering 20 to 24credit hours per academic year. Recipients have teaching responsibilities, typically consisting of leading undergraduate laboratory sections. DFs are selected following interviews with the Environmental Management Admissions Committee. Students are eligible for up to 4 years of university funding.
  • University-funded Doctoral Assistantships support part-time students. These awards consist of partial tuition waivers.
  • Grant-funded Doctoral Fellowships support full-time students. These awards consist of a stipend and a tuition waiver covering 20 to 24 credit hours per academic year. Recipients are selected by the Principal Investigator (PI) of the external grant, and have research responsibilities set by the PI.
  • Grant-funded student assistant positions are hourly workers paid from external grants.
Prospective students are encouraged to view our Program Costs and Financial Aid webpage for more information.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Your admissions application also serves as your financial aid application. All application materials are due by January 15. Check YES for the question "Are you interested in an assistantship?" This covers all forms of financial aid offered by the Environmental Management program. All eligible candidates will be interviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Whom do I contact if I have questions about the Environmental Management program?
For questions about the Environmental Management program please contact Dr. Mark Chopping at
Whom do I contact if I have questions about the application process?
For application questions please contact the Montclair State University Graduate School at
Is university housing available for graduate students?
Yes, Montclair State University has apartment-style housing for graduate students. However, the majority of our students live in the surrounding areas and commute to campus. For more information about campus housing please visit the Graduate Student section of the Residential Life website.