How to Apply

Each applicant to a Nelson Institute graduate degree program must submit:


Note: International student financial information will be requested by the Graduate School only if the department recommends admission. The Graduate School provides a list of international student expenses.

Additional information can be found on the Graduate School website. Please refer to the Graduate School checklist for items that should be sent to the Graduate School.

Faculty Advisors

All applicants are encouraged to consult, in advance, faculty members with whom they share research interests. You can browse our comprehensive list of faculty profiles.

When you find a faculty member whose research overlaps your interests, send him or her a statement of your interests and goals and attach a curriculum vitae or resume. After you have made initial contact, follow up to determine whether the faculty member can accommodate you and whether any funding might be available. If you obtain the support of a faculty member before admission, include this information in your application materials. Each program has slightly different requirements for finding an advisor.

Advice for Contacting Professors

When you contact potential faculty advisors, we urge you to consider providing:

  1. A few sentences about your research or professional interests
  2. A brief explanation of how your interests overlap with theirs
  3. Your undergraduate institution and grade-point average
  4. Your GRE and TOEFL (if appropriate)
  5. Your curriculum vitae or resume

Please note that faculty members receive numerous queries from prospective graduate students, so it helps to carefully prepare your email.

See the Nelson Institute student representatives' advice on finding and working with faculty advisors (PDF).

Where to Have Your Transcripts Sent

Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Attn: Graduate Program Admissions
550 N Park St., Room 70 Science Hall
Madison, WI 53706-1491

Deadlines

Application materials for Environment and Resources must be received by Dec. 1 for admission to the following summer session or fall semester and by Oct. 15 for admission to the following spring semester.

Application materials for Water Resources Management must be received by Jan. 15 for admission to the following summer session or fall semester and by Oct. 15 for admission to the following spring semester.