Environmental Management (PhD) at Montclair State University

Environmental Science and Management (PhD)

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Environmental Science and Management (PhD) – STEM Designated Degree Program

Established in 2003, Montclair State University’s first-of-its-kind Environmental Science and Management curriculum emphasizes the need for environmental professionals to be fluent in the natural and physical sciences, statistics, economics, and policy. This knowledge and skill set is necessary for environmental managers to serve as generators of new knowledge, and also as interpreters and ambassadors between the diverse stakeholders involved in environmental issues.

Now more than ever, the world needs highly trained, dedicated environmental professionals who understand the intricate mechanisms that cause climate change and its impacts on our society, propagation of contaminants in air, soil, and water, flooding, coastal erosion, and loss of natural habitats and biodiversity. The world needs scientists who are able to design and implement solutions, communicate these effectively to stakeholders, and raise the scientific literacy of the public. Our students prepare for this career path through a combination of interdisciplinary coursework and research in regional to international study areas, on topics addressing climate change, soil and water quality, environmental remediation, biofuels markets, stormwater management, natural resource management, coastal management, and protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services. Our alumni are employed as professors in U.S. and international universities, as scientists and managers in municipal, state, and federal agencies, as environmental consultants, and as scientists in private industries.

For more information on the program, visit the Environmental Science and Management (PhD) listing on the College of Science and Mathematics website.

Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants must have a bachelors degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and/or a masters degree with a graduate grade point average of at least 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact possible research advisors and research projects prior to submitting an application and solicit letters of reference from university faculty who can specifically address your potential to conduct doctoral-level research.

Application Checklist

In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline:
    • Fall Admission: March 1st
    • Spring Admission: October 31st

Please note: Upon offer of admission, you will be asked to submit an enrollment deposit of $200.

  • Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.

The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Environmental Science and Management (PhD) program:

  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Essays/Personal Statement: Two.
    • General Statement of Purpose: The Statement of Purpose provides you an opportunity to give evidence of your unique talents and experiences as an applicant to doctoral study at Montclair State University. In preparing your statement, please keep in mind that the Admissions Committee is seeking evidence of your ability to communicate clearly and professionally. Please include your reasons for pursuing doctoral studies by referring to relevant personal, academic and work experiences. Please also outline your future plans and any other information that may be of interest to the Admissions Committee.
    • General Statement of Research/Inquiry: The Statement of Research/Inquiry provides you an opportunity to inform the Admissions Committee of your thoughts, ideas, and areas of interest that may lead to dissertation research. In preparing your statement, please keep in mind that the Admissions Committee is seeking evidence of your ability to communicate clearly and professionally. The Statement of Research/Inquiry should be 1-3 pages, double-spaced, and typewritten. It is key to identify at least one member of the doctoral faculty who will agree to serve as your PhD advisor and to mention this in your Research Statement. Use this list to identify doctoral faculty advisors that align with your proposed research area. It is strongly suggested that you get in touch with any prospective advisor(s) to discuss your proposed PhD research, via phone or Zoom.
  • Resume: Required.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three.
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE Not Required. Applicants have the option of submitting GRE scores. Any applicant voluntarily choosing to do so should select Montclair State University as the receiving institution on their score report.
  • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the US degree equivalency information.

Our program consists of 72 credits, evenly distributed between coursework and research. Please note that as the Montclair State University faculty grows, new expertise and new courses are constantly developed and added to our extensive list of electives. For more information, please visit the Environmental Science and Management (PhD) program listing in the University Catalog.


If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Email: graduate@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: 973-655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Environmental Science and Management (PhD) Program Coordinator:

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

Program Director: Dr. Mark Chopping
Office: Center for Environmental and Life Sciences 312
Email: choppingm@montclair.edu
Telephone: 973‑655‑7384