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Admission and Financial Aid


Admission to the Environmental Science option in Environmental Engineering can be pursued through either the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; application materials are reviewed by faculty members from both departments. The electronic application is accessible at: Application for the Environmental Science option

Peach Spring CliffFor applicants to the "Environmental Science" option, you must select "Engineering" as your "Area of Study", then "Environmental Engineering" as your "Program", and finally "Environmental Resources and Geologic Processes" as one of your "Interests. Admission to the Environmental Science option is highly competitive. Applications must be accompanied by:

  • transcripts,
  • three letters of recommendation, and
  • general aptitude GRE scores.

The official deadline for receipt of applications is January 15.  Applications  after the deadline may still be considered, but those that are complete by the deadline have the best chance of success.

Foreign applicants with M.S. degrees are given higher priority for admission than applicants with B.S. or B.A. degrees; applicants must provide clear evidence of strong English communication skills, both written and oral.  Additional, useful information for foreign applicants (e.g. applying for a student visa) can be found HERE.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students in the form of Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships. Highly qualified applicants are considered for departmental or University scholarships. Assistantships typically provide 9-month stipendsof $21,000; variable summer funding is commonly available as well, plus health insurance and a full graduate tuition waiver*. Exceptional applicants may be considered for funding at higher stipend rates.

*University Tuition Scholarships are service-free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs. The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship, which usually includes student health insurance coverage: University Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, Traineeships, and Teacher Training Awards.

Please let us know if you have questions or would like to receive more information about the Environmental Science graduate program at Vanderbilt. In addition to your name and e-mail address, we would like to know about your interests, the degree you are interested in pursuing, your academic background (including degrees and schools attended), and any professional experience. Please include your mailing address and telephone number.

For More Information Contact:

Steven L. Goodbred
Director of Graduate Studies
Earth & Environmental Sciences
PMB 351805
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1805
Phone: (615) 343-6424

James H. Clarke
Director of Graduate Studies
Environmental Engineering
PMB 351831
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1831
Phone: (615) 322-3897