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Admissions Process

Application Timelines

All programs accept applications for a fall semester start.

M.S. in Environmental Policy | M.S. in Climate Science and Policy |  M.Ed. in Environmental Education

Milestone Rolling Admission for Early Decision Regular Admission Final Round
Submit Application Sept 15-Jan 15 March 15 May 15
Program Decision 3 weeks from date of submission April 5 June 4
Financial Aid Package 4 weeks from date of submission April 10 June 9
M.B.A. In Sustainability
Milestone  Early Decision Regular Admission Final Round
Submit Application January 15 March 15 May 15
Program Decision February 5 April 5 June 4
Financial Aid Package February 10 April 10 June 9


How To Apply

1. Complete the Online Application

Create an account in our online application system and complete all required fields. Applicants to a dual program (MS/MBA, MS/MAT) should complete an application for each program.

Start Your MS Degree Application

Start Your MEd Degree Application (Environmental Education) 

Start Your MBA Degree Application 

2. Earn an Application Fee Wavier

Earn an $65 Application Fee Waiver by:

Click here to view upcoming opportunities to earn a fee waiver. 

3. Write a Personal Statement

Provide a written personal statement that addresses the following points. Personal statements should be a maximum of 1000 words, double spaced, and submitted with your online application.
  1. Introduce yourself, providing context for your interest in joining Bard's Graduate Programs in Sustainability to pursue a purpose-driven career. Tell us how your personal, academic and/or professional experiences have informed your desire to do this work and the impact you hope to have with your career.
  2. Speak to the environmental or social problem around which you see the biggest opportunity to drive change. Tell us what the issue is, why you’re motivated by it (be specific), and why you think it's poised for meaningful change. 

4. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for admission, preferably from both an academic and professional source. Letters may be submitted through the online application system. When prompted in the Recommendations section of the application, enter each recommender's name and contact information. The recommender will then receive an email with detailed instructions on how to submit his or her recommendation online.

5. Request Transcripts

Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Transcripts should be:

  1. Mailed directly to Bard:
    Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability
    PO Box 5000
    Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

  2. Emailed directly to Bard via a e-transcripts service. 
    They should be sent to gpsadmissions@bard.edu

6. Submit a Resume/CV

A resume or curriculum vitae highlighting your professional experience and relevant qualifications should be submitted with your online application.

7. Complete and Submit a Financial Aid Application

All applicants requesting any sort of financial aid (loans, fellowships, campus employment) must complete a FAFSA or International Application for Financial Aid.

Learn More About Financial Aid

8. Schedule an Admission Interview

A personal online interview with the Office of Admission will be scheduled upon submission of your application. 

Need Help? Contact our Admissions Office today! 

Admissions News

No GRE/GMAT Required | $10K Scholarship for All CEP Students

In holding with Bard College's longstanding policy of optional submission of standardized test requirements, and in an effort to remove barriers to entry to the sustainability field, Bard GPS no long requires the GRE or GMAT tests for admission to the programs.

For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, all applicants to the Center for Environmental Policy's MS and M.Ed. programs will receive a minimum $10,000 Bard CEP Fellowship. Click here to learn more.