How to Apply

Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee comprised of program faculty members.

Application Deadlines

  • Application opens: October 1
  • Priority Application Deadline: February 15
    • Applications submitted after February 15 will be considered on a space-available basis.
    • If you would like to submit an application after February 15, contact the program office at
    • The E&C program does not offer spring admission.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Prior coursework in social science
    • Applicants whose coursework does not include social science should indicate in their statement of purpose how they plan to acquire a basic understanding of social science theory and research before beginning the program.
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of coursework
  • A college-level course in statistics
    • This requirement must be satisfied by the end of the first semester of the program; the statistics course does not count toward the M.A. degree requirements.
  • GRE scores are not required

Application Materials

  1. Completed electronic CSU graduate application form (Cal State Apply).
    1. See the Graduate Admissions page for more details.
    2. Select the Humboldt State campus and the program "Social Science - Environment & Community."
  2. Statement of Purpose (750 words).
    1. Address the following program-specific prompt: Discuss your interests and relate them to the central themes of the Environment and Community Program.
    2. To the extent possible, describe possible thesis or project topics and what you would like to do when you graduate from the program.
    3. A strong essay clearly articulates the nature of the fit between you and the Environment and Community Program.
    4. Note that you will be asked to submit your statement of purpose in two areas, the Supporting Information section and the Program Materials section.
  3. Letters of Recommendation (3 letters).
    1. Select recommendations from people in a position to assess your potential as a graduate student.
    2. Use the electronic recommendation request process via Cal State Apply.
  4. Writing Sample (10 pages).
    1. The writing sample is intended to show the application review committee that you are able to communicate clearly and intelligently at a level appropriate to an incoming graduate student.
    2. The topic can be anything.
    3. The sample can be a school paper, newspaper article and/or reports written for work.
    4. Ten pages is a guideline for the submission; your paper can be a little shorter or a little longer. If your paper is longer, please submit the entire piece rather than just 10 pages extracted.
  5. Official transcript from each college attended.
    1. See the Graduate Admissions page for more details.

International Students

There are additional requirements for international students interested in applying to the program. Information about those requirements is available through the International Programs Office.

Financial Information

Students from the Western United States:

The Environment and Community Program is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program, which is part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Membership in the WRGP enables students from any of the western United States to pursue graduate study in the E&C program while paying only California in-state tuition. For more information about the WRGP, visit:

Financial Aid:

All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and file it by the deadline. Completing the FAFSA enables applicants to be considered for federal graduate work study awards, in addition to federal and state financial aid loans and grants. Information about completing the FAFSA and about financial aid in general is available from the HSU Financial Aid Office.

Non-Resident Fee Waivers:

There is also a limited amount of non-resident fee waiver money granted to students in this program on a competitive basis. All admitted students who are neither California residents nor residents of the western states that belong to the Western Regional Graduate Program (see above) will be considered for this fee waiver.

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Environment and Community MA Program
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299

Phone: (707) 826-3653
Fax: (707) 826-4496