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The deadline to submit the CSU graduate application form for Fall 2013 admission is February 1, 2013.
The file completion deadline (all materials other than the CSU graduate application form) is March 1, 2013.
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 completed application packets. The application packet should include:
- Completed CSU graduate application form. Select ‘Social Science Environment and Community, (M.A.)’ where it asks for “Major/Program objectives.” The 750-word statement of purpose, which you submit as part of the CSU graduate application form, should 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
- Two official transcripts 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 CSU graduate application form.
- A ten page writing sample.
When your application packet is complete, please send it to:
Graduate Student Admissions
Office of Admissions
1 Harpst St., Arcata, CA 95521
Applications will be reviewed by an admissions committee of faculty drawn from our advisory committee.
CSU GRADUATE APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1, 2013
FILE COMPLETION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2013
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.