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"Come here expecting to be inspired by the opportunity for change and your knowledge of how to do it. Come here to gain an abundance of new knowledge that may lead you in new directions or will greatly strengthen your ability to play a role leading this society to better alternatives." Todd Beer, Program Graduate, 2003

Find Out How to Apply

The deadline to submit the electronic CSU graduate application form for fall admission is February 1.

The file completion deadline (refers to all materials other than the electronic CSU graduate application form: statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, writing sample, transcripts) is March 1.

The program does not offer spring admission.

Candidates for admission to the Environment and Community M.A. in Social Sciences Program must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university prior to matriculation. While we accept applicants from a diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds, applicants’ coursework should include social science. Applicants whose coursework does not include social science should indicate in their statement of purpose how they plan to acquire a basic understanding of social science theory and research before beginning the program. Applicants are also expected to have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average in their last 60 units of course work. A college-level course in statistics is also pre-requisite or a co-requisite for all students enrolled in the E&C program. This requirement must be satisfied by the end of the first semester of the program; the statistics course does not count toward the M.A. degree requirements. GRE scores are not required.

Applicants are responsible for submitting all application materials. Required application materials are:

  • A 750-word statement of purpose should be submitted either as part of the electronic application form or e-mailed separately to the program. Note that the electronic application form’s generic statement-of-purpose prompt should be disregarded. Instead, address the following program-specific prompt: Discuss your interests and relate them to the central themes of the Environment and Community Program. To the extent possible, describe possible thesis or project topics and what you would like to do when you graduate from the program. A strong essay clearly articulates the nature of the fit between you and the Environment and Community Program.
  • CSU application fee
  • Official transcript from each college attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from people in a position to assess your potential as a graduate student. Use the electronic recommendation request process on page 11 of the electronic CSU graduate application form.
  • A 10-page writing sample. The writing sample is intended to show the application review committee that you are able to communicate clearly and intelligently at a level appropriate to an incoming graduate student. The topic can be anything. Applicants usually submit research papers that they have previously submitted for an undergraduate class, but the submission does not have to be a school paper. Examples of some previous non-school-related writing samples include articles written for newspapers or reports written for work. Ten pages is a guideline for the submission; if your paper is a little shorter or a little longer, that is fine. If your paper is longer, please submit the entire piece rather than just the first 10 pages.

Please send official transcripts and the CSU application fee, if paying by check, to:

Cynthia Werner
Graduate Student Admissions
Office of Admissions
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521

Send the statement of purpose, if it’s not submitted with the electronic CSU graduate application form, and the 10-page writing sample via e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee of faculty drawn from our advisory committee.


International Students

  • There are additional requirements for international students interested in applying to the program. Information about those requirements is available through the International Programs Office.

Financial Aid

The HSU Financial Aid Office has extensive online resources and will provide a packet of information.

There is also a limited amount of non-resident fee waiver money granted to students in this program on a competitive basis. All admitted students who are classified as out-of-state residents will be considered for this fee waiver if they indicate their interest along with their application essay.