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Environmental Management (PhD)

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Environmental Management (PhD)

Please note the deadline for completing applications for Fall 2018 admission has been extended to February 9th, 2018.

Established in 2003, Montclair State University’s first-of-its-kind Environmental 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, storm water 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.

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 of corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.

  • Application Deadline: For students seeking to begin the program during the 2018-19 academic year, the new due date is February 9, 2018 for students seeking financial aid and a fall 2018 start date.
  • 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 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.
  • Resume: Optional.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three.
  • Standardized Test Scores: GRE (see test waiver policies). There is no threshold GRE score for admission. However, our current program-wide average scores are 306 (Q+V) and 4.0 for AWS.
  • Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.

Our program consists of 41-52 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 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:
The Graduate School
Telephone: (973) 655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869

If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Environmental Management (PhD) Program Coordinator:
Program Coordinator: Dr. Mark Chopping
Office: Center for Environmental & Life Sciences 312
Telephone: 973‑655‑7384