For guaranteed consideration of your application, all materials must be submitted electronically no later than the priority deadline of December 15 at midnight (EST).
F&ES welcomes individuals from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds including the biological and physical sciences, engineering, social sciences, mathematics, humanities, or interdisciplinary programs (please note that this program is only currently available to Yale NUS environmental studies students). However, the Admissions Committee favors applicants who have successfully completed a combination of the courses listed below before beginning a master’s degree program. For this reason, it is highly recommended that an applicant for the five-year degree program complete the following coursework. If this coursework has not been completed at the time of application, a plan for completion by the end of the senior year should be provided in the application.
The Master’s programs of F&ES prepare students for professional practice or doctoral studies in environmental management or science. For both the five-year joint degree program in either environmental management or environmental science have the following requirements in common:
The MEM degree is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in environmental policy and analysis, stewardship, education, consulting, or management dealing with natural resource, pollution control, and other environmental issues. The program requires coursework in both the natural and social sciences, with a particular focus on the complex relationship between science, management, and policy. The ultimate purpose of the degree program is to provide students with a scientific understanding of ecological and social systems, which then can be applied in a policy or management context.
The MESc degree is designed for students interested in conducting scientific research that contributes to basic and applied knowledge. This degree is intended to provide students with a deeper disciplinary focus than the MEM, while holding to the core value of the school that students should be allowed flexibility in course selection in order to meet their educational goals. The course of study includes formalized training in the philosophy and practice of science. Training is provided through key courses in combination with extended research.
NOTE: If a student intends to apply for the MESc degree program, they MUST secure a F&ES faculty member as an advisor before applying to the five-year joint degree program. The F&ES faculty advisor must provide a letter as part of the student’s application stating their agreement to become the prospective student’s F&ES advisor.
Students in the five-year program are strongly encouraged to take a gap year, or a year away from academia, between completing their undergraduate degree and beginning study at F&ES. Students use this year in a diversity of ways; some find a single job or fellowship in an environmental field for the year, while others combine multiple internships or research opportunities to occupy their year. Gap year plans must be communicated to the F&ES Admissions Office.
The deadline to submit all required financial aid application forms (U.S. and permanent residents or international students) is February 15 by midnight EST.
All financial aid questions should be addressed to:
F&ES Financial Aid
Sage Hall, Room 3A or 5B
Tel: (203) 432-6100
Fax: (203) 432-5528
Initial inquiries about the 5-year Joint Degree Program should be made to:
Sage Hall, Room 3B or 5B
Tel: (203) 432-5106
Fax: (203) 432-5528