EES Admissions Requirements

Our Earth, Environment and Society Ph.D. program emphasizes collaboration with outside partners, and dissertation topics that incorporate cutting-edge technology and public policy. A primary goal of this program is to expose you to the kinds of government and nonprofit organizations where you will later find jobs.

If you have questions on the application process or would like some advice about the process, please email Angela Canton at

What You'll Need to Apply

Login or create a new account in the application portal. Use this same link to access an existing application and to check your admission status.

The application deadline is Jan. 15 for enrollment in fall term.

You will need:

  • Copies of transcripts from each college or university you've attended
  • Information about previous teaching experience if you’d like to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship
  • CV or resume
  • GRE scores
  • Statement of Intent
  • Three references
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores if you're an international applicant

Explore Faculty Expertise

Identify the faculty or research groups that interest you by exploring the faculty listings in Environmental Science and ManagementGeography and Geology

Feel free to connect with these faculty for more information on their research. If there is a particular faculty member with whom you'd like to work, be sure to contact them and explore the possibility that they would be able to be your advisor.

Submit Transcripts

While submitting your Graduate Application online, you will be required to upload scanned copies of your transcripts from all community colleges, colleges and universities you have attended, regardless of the number of credits earned. If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended as the final verification step after enrolling in your program.

If a scanner is not available, hard copies can be sent to:

PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Attn: Angela Canton
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

Submit GRE Scores

We have no strict requirement for minimum GRE scores; however, most successful applicants have combined verbal and quantitative scores of at least 300 and an analytical score of at least 3.7.

Submit via testing agency using PSU's School Code:

  • Portland State Code: 4610
  • School of Environment Code: 0599

Submit TOEFL or IELTS Scores (if applicable)

Proof of English proficiency is required by submitting minimum required official scores on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System-Academic (IELTS) exam, or the Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE) less than two years old at time of matriculation.

Write Statement of Intent

Your statement should be about two pages long and discuss your motivation for pursuing a Ph.D. and your general area of interest. You should identify research groups and faculty members with whom you may be interested in working, as placement in the program is dependent upon available advisors.

Solicit Letters of Recommendation

You will need to provide the names of three people who are qualified to assess your promise as a graduate student and who are willing to provide letters of recommendation. Recommenders will be automatically emailed for you. Letters of recommendation need to be received by Jan. 15.

Email your recommenders well ahead of time by advancing to the last page of the online application (choose "Postpone Validation" if the form won't let you advance), and clicking on the three "Submit Recommendation Request" buttons. This will email your recommenders now even if you are not yet ready to submit your final application.