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How to Apply

Important Dates

The dates and deadlines below are the annual timeline for applying to the Environmental Conservation program.

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Applications are submitted online through the UW-Madison Graduate School. When applying, select the summer term for the calendar year you are applying for (e.g. summer 2019), then choose Environmental Conservation in the dropdown tab.

Prospective students who apply by December 1 will be informed of their admissions status by late January. Applications received after the December 1 priority deadline will be reviewed at the end of each month. If you are inquiring after the secondary deadlines, please contact the program coordinator to see about available spots in the cohort. International applicants should contact the program coordinator as soon as possible to ensure all paperwork and documents are included. For questions regarding applications, please contact us.

Our programs are committed to building and supporting diverse cohorts and strongly encourage applications from candidates of color, historically underrepresented communities, and first-generation college students.

Required Qualifications

Ideal candidates for our program will have approximately two to five years of professional work or field experience, preferably in the conservation sector, though candidates with diverse professional and academic backgrounds are 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. No additional prerequisite classes are required.

Application Requirements

Complete applications will include all items below. For applicants who have a GPA below 3.0, the GRE is required. For those who have GPAs at 3.0 or above GRE scores are not required for admission. Admissions decisions will be based on the entirety of each applicant's credentials.

  1. Resume of CV
  2. Statement of interest
  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 3 references, only 2 references are required for our program
  4. Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (official transcripts will be requested prior to final acceptance)
  5. GRE scores (dependent on undergraduate GPA)

For international applicants whose bachelor’s degree is not in English, IELTS or TOEFL scores are required. Please view the UW-Madison Graduate School requirements for complete information.

Information for International Applicants

The timeline from notice of admission to the program to securing your student visa can take several months. Plan ahead and stay organized to make the process of securing your student visa easier. The following steps provide an overview of the process. Please communicate with the program coordinator if you have any questions or issues during this process.

  1. Apply to the program following the guidelines above (application window is July 1 through December 1 for priority admission)
  2. Receive decision from the program about your admission status (mid-January)
  3. If admitted, the UW-Madison Graduate School will become the primary point of contact for the rest of the admission process. You must check your application status and email for important messages.

Helpful Websites and Resources for Joining UW-Madison as an International Graduate Student