Entry Requirements for PhD in Environmental Science

Undergraduate Degree:
Minimum BS in any Science/Engineering Program with an environmental emphasis. There is a strict university requirement of a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entry into any graduate degree program. However, the department looks for a minimum GPA above 3.4 for entry into the PhD program.


General GRE Exam:
Submission of GRE scores are optional for the PhD in Environmental Science Application. GRE scores are valid for 3 to 5 years prior to the application date at the discretion of the department. GRE scores from more than 5 years prior to the application date will not be accepted.
Candidate must obtain more than a 3.0 on the written part of the GRE [strict university requirement for any PhD program at the university]

There is no strict departmental requirement and GRE applications are considered along with the rest of the application. Department looks for student to obtain a score more than 152 on both the verbal reasoning and quantitative portions of the exam. This requirement can be relaxed e.g. we look for strong quantitative scores in international students, accepting that verbal scores may be low.
Personal Statement and CV/Resume  
A personal statement and CV or Resume are required with the application. 
In the personal statement we encourage you to address the following questions: 
1. What are your research interests and career goals?
2. What past experience makes you a good candidate for the PhD program in Environmental Science at Rutgers University Newark? 
3. Why would the PhD program in Environmental Science at Rutgers University be a good fit your you? 
If you have identified and spoken with an advisor it is a good idea to directly address that in your statement.
In the CV/Resume, make sure that you highlight all past research experience including summer and extended research projects, conference presentations, and peer-reviewed publications.  

International Students:
University requires the TOEFL exam for an applicant from any non-English speaking country. There are three types of this exam and the minimum scores vary depending on which exam you take. The scores are as follows:
1. Computer: 213 minimum
2. Paper: 550 minimum
3. Internet: 94-101
Rutgers will take a TOEFL exam result taken within 2 years of the date of application to the program.
The minimum acceptable IELTS (English proficiency) score is 6.5.

How to apply:

Submit your application here. All instructions regarding the submission procedure (including uploading credentials) can be found on this page.

Make sure to apply for the Environmental Science PhD on the Newark campus. This is curriculum 26375; click here for info.


Application must include:

  • All official transcripts (submission procedure describes how to transfer official transcripts to Rutgers)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • CV or Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS Score if required

Submission of GRE scores is optional. 


Doctoral Candidate Information


Prof. Kristina Keating
Director of Graduate Program
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Smith Hall 139, 101 Warren St, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 353-1263
E-mail: kmkeat@rutgers.edu