Environmental Observation and Informatics

How to Apply

The online application for the 2018 Environmental Observation and Informatics professional M.S. program will open July 1, 2017.

Although applications for the professional master's in Environmental Observation and Informatics will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 1, 2018, applications received by the application deadline of December 1, 2017, will be given preference for admissions purposes.

Applications are submitted online through the UW-Madison Graduate School. When applying for our M.S. program, select the summer term for the calendar year you are applying for (summer 2018), then choose Environmental Observation and Informatics in the drop-down tab.

Prospective students who apply by December 1 will be informed of their admissions status by late January 2018.

Ideal candidates for our program will have approximately two to five years of professional work and/or field experience in GIS, geospatial technologies, and remote sensing. Candidates with diverse professional and academic backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with GPAs below 3.0 may be considered for admissions under special circumstances.

Complete applications will include all items below. GRE scores are required for the Environmental Observation and Informatics M.S. program. Admissions decisions will be based on the entirety of each applicant's credentials.

  1. Professional credentials/resume
  2. Reasons for graduate study/statement of interest in this program or field
  3. Two letters of professional recommendation. One letter from a current or former employer and one letter from a former university advisor are preferred. Although the online UW-Madison application gives you the option of adding three references, only two references are required for this program.
  4. Two official copies of undergraduate transcripts, mailed to:

    Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
    Attention: Graduate Program Admissions
    550 N. Park St., Office 84 Science Hall
    Madison, WI 53706-1491 - U.S.A
  5. Supplemental application (found in UW-Madison online application)

    Applicants will be expected to show proficiencies in quantitative/analytical skills (through GRE) and in GIS, demonstrated through coursework, professional experience, portfolio, or a GIS certificate/degree . The information collected in the Supplemental Application will help us assess each applicant’s proficiency and readiness for the program.
  6. GRE scores

For foreign students, TOEFL or IELTS scores are also needed. The minimum TOEFL score required is 92 for the internet-based test (iBT) and 580 for the paper-based test (PBT). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0. Applicants with language scores below these requirements may be considered for program admission under special circumstances. The UW-Madison Graduate School also requires proof of sufficient tuition funds for foreign applicants accepted into the program.

Read more about Graduate School requirements.