I’m about to apply, do I need to take the GRE?

ESGP does not require the GRE as part of the application process. However, strong applicants are expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and relevant work or volunteer experience. Please note that some ESGP funding opportunities may require GRE scores, so it is important to check individual scholarship and fellowship requirements.

How many references are recommended? Which transcripts are required for the application process?

We recommend that applicants provide three (3) references who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional qualifications. These references should be familiar with the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate program in environmental sciences.

As part of the application process, we require official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please note that international applicants must also provide official English translations of their transcripts. Transcripts should be sent directly to the OSU Graduate School. Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions on submitting transcripts.

Is there a virtual opportunity to meet with other members of ESGP available?

Yes, the ESGP program offers a virtual opportunity for its members to meet, connect, network, share and ask questions via a Zoom meeting. The meeting is held every Friday from 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada), excluding holidays. All ESGP faculty and students are invited to attend. If you have any difficulties accessing Zoom, please contact the program. Additionally, if you have a topic that you would like to discuss during the first 30 minutes of any Friday meeting, you can fill out a survey with your information.

What other opportunities for connecting with current ESGP faculty and students do you recommend?

There are several ways to connect with current ESGP faculty and students outside of classes. We recommend requesting access to the ESGP Linkedin Group, which provides an opportunity to network and learn about career development opportunities. Additionally, there is an informal ESGP discord channel where students can connect with each other and share resources. The official ESGP blog offers insight into current research and student experiences, and the monthly newsletter highlights program updates and upcoming events.

When does fall term begin?

The fall term at Oregon State University typically begins in late September. The exact date varies slightly from year to year, so it's important to check the academic calendar for the most up-to-date information. You can also contact the university's Office of the Registrar for further assistance.

How do I know which courses to enroll in when I start in fall quarter?

Arrange a meeting with your major professor who will serve as a mentor throughout your degree process and consult with the program director as needed. Your major professor will play many roles, including helping you select appropriate courses that align with your academic and career goals. It is the student's responsibility to work closely with their major professor to ensure that they enroll in the appropriate courses each quarter.

Where can I find the track curricula?

The track curricula for students of OSU ESGP Corvallis campus students can be found on the ESGP website. For Ecampus students, please contact the program director to receive the track curricula by email: [email protected]. Review the schedule of classes.

How many quarters should I expect it to take to finish my degree?

For a master’s student of OSU ESGP, the program can typically be completed in two years depending upon the nature of the research, project, or internship and the student's course load each term. For a Ph.D. student, four years is the average time to completion.

Can I do a master’s thesis or non-thesis project?

The M.S. in Environmental Sciences degree is offered with both a thesis and non-thesis option. The student should consult with their committee to determine is best for their research. The Professional Science Master's degree in Environmental Sciences (PSM @ ENSC) at OSU ESGP is also a non-thesis option and a science and business hybrid degree designed to provide advanced training for early- and mid-career professionals seeking expertise in environmental sciences. Unlike traditional master's programs, there is not a thesis option available for PSM students. Instead, the program includes an internship component, during which students work with a graduate committee to review their program of study, receive career and internship advice, and evaluate a final report based on the internship experience.

I’m an international student, how do I enroll for fall term?

As an international student at OSU ESGP, it's important to be aware of the enrollment requirements and timelines for the Fall term. We encourage you to visit the Registrar and Graduate School websites to find the specific details and deadlines for your situation. They will have the most up-to-date information on the application process, transcript evaluations, English language proficiency, and student visa requirements.

Where do students typically live during their stay in Corvallis?

Many students in Corvallis choose to live in the neighborhoods surrounding Oregon State University's campus, such as College Hill, Lewisburg, or Southtown. There are also numerous apartment complexes and student housing options available both on and off campus. It's a good idea to start looking for housing early, as availability can be limited during peak seasons. Additionally, the OSU Graduate School offers a helpful guide to housing options in the Corvallis area.

What modes of transportation do students use to get around Corvallis and the campus?

There are several modes of transportation available to students in Corvallis. Many students choose to walk or bike around campus, as OSU is a bike-friendly campus with numerous bike racks and paths. Additionally, there is a free bus service called the Beaver Bus that runs throughout campus and the surrounding area, making it easy to get around without a car. For those who do have a car, parking passes can be purchased through OSU Parking Services. Finally, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are also available in Corvallis

What is the average cost of living for students at OSU?

The cost of living in Corvallis can vary depending on individual circumstances, but as a general rule, it is less expensive than larger cities on the West Coast. According to recent data, the average cost of living for students at OSU is around $15,000 to $20,000 per academic year, which includes expenses such as housing, food, textbooks, and personal expenses.

It's important to note that graduate students may have additional costs, such as research expenses or professional development opportunities. Additionally, financial assistance and scholarships may be available to help offset the cost of attendance. For more information about cost of living, contact the Graduate School and Financial Aid offices.

How can I get involved in OSU’s student organizations?

There are numerous ways to get involved in student organizations at OSU. The university has over 400 registered clubs and organizations, including several that may be of interest to Environmental Sciences Graduate Program students. You can browse the full list of organizations on the OSU website or visit the Student Experience Center, which is located in the heart of campus and serves as a hub for student involvement. Many organizations also participate in the annual Fall Involvement Expo, which provides an opportunity for students to learn about and join various clubs and organizations. Additionally, the ESGP program itself may have its own student organization or groups that you can become involved with.

How can I get involved with ESGP and other social or professional groups in Corvallis?

There are several ways to get involved with ESGP and other social or professional groups in Corvallis. First, you can reach out to the ESGP program directly to inquire about any student organizations or groups associated with the program. Additionally, OSU has several other graduate student organizations that may be of interest, such as the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). You can also search for relevant groups on social media platforms like Facebook or LinkedIn, or attend networking events and seminars to meet others in your field. Finally, community organizations such as the Corvallis Environmental Center or the Audubon Society may provide opportunities to get involved with environmental causes and meet like-minded individuals.

What are the key differences between the PSM and M.S. degrees?

The Professional Science Master's (PSM) degree and the traditional Master of Science (M.S.) degree differ in several key ways. The PSM degree is a hybrid of science and business and PSM students participate in an internship opportunity to gain real-world experience and write a final report with a both science and business components. The M.S. degree, on the other hand, is a more research-focused degree that requires students to complete a thesis or research project. While M.S. students may take some courses in other disciplines, the focus of their degree is primarily on research and academic work. Ultimately, the choice between the two degrees will depend on your individual career goals and interests.

I’ve been accepted, but I need a little time to get ready. What are my options?

If you need more time to prepare for your Master of Science (M.S.) program, you have several options. First, you can inquire about deferring your admission for a semester or a year, depending on the program's policies and faculty availability. This will allow you to take the time you need to prepare before starting your studies. Alternatively, you can inquire about part-time or online study options, which may allow for a more flexible schedule. It is important to communicate your needs and concerns with the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (ESGP) director as early as possible to explore all available options.

What is the average time it takes to complete the M.S. program? How many credit hours is it suggested to take per term?

The Master of Science (M.S.) program at the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (ESGP) typically takes two years to complete. However, the length of time may vary depending on the specific program, research focus, and individual student's circumstances. As for the credit hours, it is generally suggested that full-time students take 9-12 credit hours per term. However, this may vary depending on the program's requirements and the student's individual needs and circumstances. It is important to consult with your academic advisor to determine the appropriate credit load for your program. A minimum of three credits are required each term to remain a student in good standing and if a student is not enrolled for a term, a leave of absence is required, or a student will need to re-apply. The leave of absence form can be found on the graduate school website.

Where can I find a comprehensive list of faculty available for major professor or committee assignment?

A comprehensive list of current ESGP faculty members available for major professor or committee assignment can typically be found on our website. Other faculty may be nominated to serve for Environmental Sciences if they are not currently on the list. We are an interdisciplinary program and all our faculty are affiliated with other colleges or external agencies. The program's website includes a list of faculty members, along with their areas of expertise and research interests. Additionally, the Graduate School website at OSU offers a range of resources for graduate students, including information on selecting a major professor and committee members. It may be helpful to reach out to current students or alumni of the program for advice as well.

What is the placement rate of students graduating from OSU ESGP?

The placement rate for students graduating from the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (ESGP) at Oregon State University (OSU) varies by year and individual circumstances, so it is difficult to provide a specific percentage. However, the program has a strong track record of preparing graduates for careers in a variety of fields related to environmental science and sustainability, including academia, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. The program also offers a Professional Science Master's (PSM) internship that can provide valuable hands-on experience and help students build their professional network. Additionally, the program's faculty and staff are committed to supporting students in their career development and offer a range of resources and services to help students achieve their goals. For the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, a major professor is required for admission. For the PSM degree and Environmental Management Graduate Certificate, a major professor is not required for admission. Applicants should reach out directly to faculty with similar interests.

What are the key differences between the online and in person program experience?

The key difference between online and in-person courses in the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (ESGP) at Oregon State University (OSU) is the mode of delivery. Online courses are delivered asynchronously, while in-person courses are held on campus at specific times.

Online courses in ESGP are designed to be flexible and accessible, allowing students to complete coursework on their own schedule. These courses typically include video lectures, online discussions, and assignments that can be completed remotely.

In-person courses, on the other hand, are held in a traditional classroom setting and provide opportunities for face-to-face interaction with instructors and classmates. In-person courses may include hands-on laboratory or field work, which may be modified for the online format and conducted individually.

Overall, both online and in-person courses in ESGP are designed to provide students with a rigorous and engaging educational experience, and students are encouraged to choose the format that best fits their individual needs and learning style.

Are there tutorials or information pages for the use of Canvas or MyOSU?

Yes, OSU provides tutorials and information pages for the use of Canvas and MyOSU. You can find tutorials and information for Canvas on the Canvas Student Guide website, and for MyOSU on the MyOSU Help website. These resources provide step-by-step instructions on how to navigate and utilize the various features of these platforms.

Are there any social or professional activities during the school year that are still beneficial for me to try to attend?

Yes, there are many social and professional activities held throughout the school year that can be beneficial for ESGP students to attend. These events provide opportunities to network with fellow students, faculty members, and professionals in the field. Some of these activities include seminars, workshops, guest lectures, and conferences. Additionally, OSU has a number of student organizations dedicated to environmental science and related fields that host various events and activities throughout the year. Keep an eye out for announcements and invitations from the ESGP program and check the OSU events calendar for upcoming events. Attending these events can help you to expand your knowledge, build relationships, and enhance your overall academic and professional experience at OSU, even while joining in online!