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Admission to the MES Program requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Students with any major are encouraged to apply, but must have a sufficient background in the natural sciences. Other minimum admissions requirements are listed below. Some applicants may not satisfy all requirements.  Every effort will be made to accommodate such applicants through preparatory classes at the College of Charleston. Exceptions can be made on an individual basis, depending on a candidate's background or experience.

Prospective students may apply online through the Graduate School at the College of Charleston.

Minimum Requirements

  • An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4)

  • The Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) is required for admission.  Scores from GRE tests taken prior to July 31, 2011 must have a composite score of at least 1100 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections, with a 4 on the writing assessment section.  The minimum requirements for tests taken after July 31, 2011 require a minimum composite score of 305, with a 4 on the writing assessment section.  Further information is available on The Graduate School's website.

  • Applicants must have undergraduate coursework in biology (two courses with labs), chemistry (two courses with labs), and statistics (one semester). One year of another physical or natural science may be substituted for either biology or chemistry. The admissions committee recognizes that some applicants with exceptional backgrounds and training in other areas – either another science or social science – may wish to enter the program. These applicants are encouraged to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but should understand that they may be required to take one or more additional courses to meet the prerequisites of the program.

  • Three letters of recommendation that specifically address the applicant's academic qualifications and career potential in environmental studies.

  • A statement of personal goals to be achieved by the applicant during his/her time in the program.

Also, as a prerequisite to the core course EVSS 659: Environmental Statistics (offered in the Spring), applicants must either take MATH 250: Statistical Methods I (an undergraduate course offered by the College of Charleston) or an equivalent college level statistics course OR pass the MES entrance exam in Statistics (the core course EVSS 624: Biometry may be taken in the place of EVSS 659: Environmental Statistics in order to fulfill the MES Program statistics requirement). More information can be found on the Statistics Prerequisites page.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester: March 1

Spring semester: November 1


For more information, contact the MES Program at the address below.

MES Program
The College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

Phone: (843) 953-2000
Fax: (843) 953-2001

E-mail: MES Program