Admission Requirements

UPDATE: Due to the COVID pandemic, applicants for Fall 2024 will not be required to take or submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This requirement has been waived for Fall 2024. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report demonstrating an adequate knowledge of English is still required for international applicants at this time. 

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training in a foreign institution.

A grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

For language testing: an official score of 79 (computer score) on the TOEFL test or an overall band of 6.5 on the IELTS test.

In addition, the applicant should have adequate academic preparation for this program, and as reflected in his/her transcript and course of study.

Students in the program are expected to have a solid foundation in one or more of the following areas:

  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Management
  • Environment


Applications must be complete in the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) by January 1 for fall admissions (see online application).

GIAC will forward a copy of your application and TOEFL/IELTS scores to the EER graduate office. Applications received after these priority deadlines will likely not be considered by our admissions committee. 

You are strongly encouraged to complete the online application well in advance of the actual deadline. Once submitted online, the application can still take up to two weeks to reach the department, so you should not wait until the deadline to apply.