Admitted Student FAQs

Admissions decisions have been released and we have been hearing some great questions. While there are many events coming up for both admitted and prospective students, I wanted to share some of the most common questions I have heard recently.

What is the difference between the old and new MEM curriculum?

The new curriculum places more emphasis on subject specialization while at the same time building common foundational skills and affording flexibility. Specializations have always been a part of the MEM program however students are now required to select a specialization and these areas of study have been revised and updated. The program includes a common perspectives course, and four half semester courses focused on interdisciplinary conversancy. Students will then take two core specialization classes and four electives…

Written by Sam Faries, MEM’19

I had begun to receive admissions decisions around this time last year. It was an exciting and nerve-racking time when I began to think about which graduate program I would attend with an actual list of programs to choose from rather than a list of pending applications. It is an important and difficult decision to make so I hope to help by offering up some things to consider when choosing an environmental graduate program.

Fit

How well a program fits with your expectation of what your graduate education should be is one of the most important factors to consider. The handful of environmental professional programs that many applicants apply to have different degree requirements, curriculum formats, and student body composition. Some important…

Lunar New Year Celebration

Authored by Tina Huang, MEM ’19

On Feb 10th, the Asia Student Interest Group (SIG) and the Coalition on Food and Agriculture (CAFE) co-hosted an event to celebrate Lunar New Year by making vegetable dumplings and having a community discussion on the sustainability of China’s food system. Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in many Asian societies. Just like the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, it is the time of the year that people go back home to reunite with families and friends to celebrate the arrival of a new year (2018 is the year of the dog!)

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Picture caption: Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) students celebrate the

Benefits of F&ES Center and Programs

Authored by Sam Faries, MEM ’19

Many students at F&ES choose to supplement their coursework by taking on positions with one of the 15 Centers and Programs affiliated with F&ES or participating in their events. Centers and Programs are an integral part of the F&ES community and provide a wide range of functions supporting students, faculty, and staff. From sponsoring student internships and projects to creating symposia, conferences, newsletters, and outreach programs, Centers and Programs take on a vital role in educating students, providing opportunities, and preparing students for the workplace with hands-on experience in a variety of environmental topics.

One of the most accessible ways to benefit from the Centers and Programs is through the lecture series that many of the centers sponsor. These lecture series range…

Taking a break at Fallingwater in Pennsylvania after visiting unconventional oil and gas development sites in Belmont County, Ohio

I am a third-year joint-degree student studying for a Master of Environmental Science (MESc) degree at F&ES and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental Health Sciences at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). I also serve on the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee at F&ES and as a Graduate Assistant Program Coordinator at the Yale Office of LGBTQ Resources.

Reflections from Recruiting Season

I can’t believe that it is already the end of recruiting season and I am back in my office here in New Haven. I have had a great few months on the road and was able to meet with amazing prospective students around the country and even abroad. In 15 campus visits, 6 information sessions and 14 graduate school fairs, I was able to talk about the school, our master’s programs and what makes F&ES unique. Throughout this process, I was asked some great questions and want to share some of these with everyone who could not make it out to meet with us. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Rebecca.melnick@yale.edu

About the program:

I am not sure…

Welcome from Student Assistant, Sam Faries

My name is Sam Faries and I am a first-year Master of Environmental Management student as well as the newest student assistant with the Yale F&ES Admissions Office. In the two months that I have spent at F&ES I have had my decision to come here justified time and again. I have already received so much from the F&ES community and, I hope, give back by engaging with the next round of applicants and admitted students to answer questions and alleviate concerns about the application process, choosing a school, and F&ES at large.

Students getting ready for LinkedIn photos ! 
Photo credit: CDO

Above photo: F&ES students wait to have their LinkedIn photos taken. Photo credit: CDO

Like a lot of students, when I was thinking about going back to school to get my masters, I was worried about taking “time off” from my career. I’d spent six years in the workplace, and was worried that I would lose momentum and valuable professional connections. Just a few weeks out from finishing up my courses here, I’ve found that this hasn’t been the case at all. In fact, my time at F&ES has been a tremendously advantageous, resource-rich networking experience.

Right off the bat, first years are introduced to staff from the Career Development Office (CDO) at orientation. F&ES has three full-time staff who make themselves available from the start, meeting with…

Taking a minute to talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut.

Hello, and welcome to F&ES. My name is David McCarthy; I am a second-year MEM student and a lifelong CT resident who has lived in New Haven since 2008. I’m studying climate change adaption through the lenses of resiliency, conservation, strategic communication, and policy. I work for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Office of Admissions and would to take a minute and talk about living in New Haven, Connecticut.

More widely, CT is a very diverse state with a lot to offer regarding food, scenery, city and rural life. We are smack in the middle of Boston and New York City, two great destinations if you’ve never been. I have driven through almost all of CT’s counties, cities, and towns, and each one is very…

F&ES in Patagonia and Santiago, Chile

Over the winter break, Jessica Leung (MEM ’17) and Ross Donihue (MEM ’18) travelled to Chile for 2 weeks as part of the Environmental Protection Clinic, a course cross-listed at F&ES and the Law School. The course is an interdisciplinary clinic that addresses environmental law and policy problems on behalf of client organizations such as environmental groups, government agencies, and international bodies.

Their client was Futaleufú Riverkeeper, a non-governmental organization in Chile dedicated to protecting the natural and cultural heritage of the Futaleufú watershed, located in northern Patagonia. More about them here.

The team spent the fall semester working with the organization’s International Director, Patrick Lynch, to do a research project on hydroelectric power and clean energy policy in Chile. Chile currently relies on hydropower for…