1. Earned Baccalaureate Degree
All applicants to the the Post-Baccalaureate Environmental Policy Certificate Program (EPCP) must have an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in the United States or comparable non-U.S. degree/diploma from a recognized foreign institution of higher education at the time of matriculation. A copy of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, undergraduate and graduate, must be submitted as part of the application process. Applicants may hold a degree in any field, although it is expected that most applicants will hold degrees in the social sciences, business, and humanities.
2. Graduate School Application for US Citizens/International Applicants
All applicants to the Post-Baccalaureate Environmental Policy Certificate Program (EPCP) must complete and submit UMass Dartmouth's Graduate School Application. The application may be submitted electronically or by mail.
3. Statement of Purpose (Essay)
The EPCP at UMass Dartmouth requires an essay of 400-500 words explaining the applicant's interest in the program and purpose for applying to the program. The essay should include the applicant's previous policy-related or public management experience.
4. Resume or a curriculum vitae
5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth does not require a TOEFL from U.S. citizens or citizens of countries where English is the official language (i.e., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa). Applicants whose native language in not English must demonstrate that they are proficient in English. English proficiency can be demonstrated by taking the TOEFL, which is administered worldwide. TOEFL scores are valid for five years from the date of anticipated matriculation in the EPCP. This requirement is waived only for those who had English as their primary language for secondary school or college instruction or who have successfully completed one year of advanced secondary school or college/university study in the U.S. A minimum TOEFL score of 250 is required on the computer-based test, and a minimum score of 600 is required for the paper version of the test. For information about testing locations and dates, contact the Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541 USA, 609-921-9000 (phone), or www.toefl.org. ETS must report official scores to us, using UMass Dartmouth's school code (3786).
To Apply Online:
Download the Graduate Certificate Program Application as a worksheet. This will allow you to read and complete the questions before entering your information online. Click here when you are ready to start the online application process through the Graduate Studies Office for admission to the Environmental Policy Certificate Program.
You will not be able to submit your application without credit card payment of the non-refundable application fee at the time of submission. We currently accept Visa and MasterCard. The online application and payment will need to be completed in one sitting. The process should take approximately 10 minutes.