Program Admission

The department admits students in  fall, spring and summer semesters. Admissions are competitive, so students applying need to turn in their application materials no later than one month prior to the start of the semester they are applying.

The School of Human Environmental Sciences (HESC) follows university admission requirements for its M.S. program. In addition to University and Graduate School requirements, students must also meet departmental requirements (below) for admission into the program. 

Departmental Requirements:

The department’s graduate program committee reads each letter of recommendation carefully, therefore it is important that the applicants select appropriate writers. Students should choose letter writers who will be able to speak to the applicant’s potential success in the M.S. program. The letters of recommendation should assess the applicant’s strengths, problem solving skills, motivation, and likelihood of completing the program.

Successful M.S. applicants ask their academic advisers, professors, or a past employer from an internship or job to write their letters of recommendation. The relationship between the applicant and letter writer will be noted by the graduate program committee. Applicants should not ask family members or friends or faculty from the area of the School for which they are applying. 

In a few days after completing the application for admission, the Graduate School will solicit the names and email addresses of those you choose to write letters of recommendation. Letter writers will then be sent an email from the U of A recognizing they have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for the applicant. They must submit their letters online.

A Statement of Purpose is a 1-2 page statement reviewing your background, your interest in the HESC program, and your future career goals. It should include references to past academic/professional experiences, but should primarily focus on the future. You should include the following:

  1. Individual career goals and how this Master’s degree in HESC will facilitate achievement of those goals.
  2. The specific research interests you hope to explore as you develop a thesis project.  If you are unclear about your thesis, discuss three topics you are aware of that you would like to explore further through research.
  3. The time frame you have for the completion of the Master’s degree, i.e. the number of semesters you expect to devote to the completion of this degree.
  4. The three most critical issues facing individuals of all ages and their families, especially as they relate to your specific area of study, across the next ten years.

Remember, it is an example of your writing ability.

Once accepted, students will be assigned a temporary adviser upon admission based upon your interest and faculty expertise.  Normally, this relationship works well and no changes are made, but if an adviser change is needed, discuss this with the Graduate Coordinator.

Application Materials due by:

Fall Semester - August 1
Spring Semester - December 1
Summer Semester - April 15

Fall Semester - April 1
Spring Semester - October 1
Summer Semester - March 1

Please contact the Graduate Coordinator with any questions.