Application Process

To apply to the ESSM graduate program, follow these steps:

  1. First contact graduate program advisor, Madysen Rydeen, at to let her know you are applying.
  2. Find an ESSM faculty member who is willing to serve as your major professor (i.e., faculty advisor or "chair"). Check several professors' research interests and read a couple of their papers. Then contact them with your information—research/professional interests, educational and work or research experience, goals CV, plus your GPA, GRE scores and unofficial transcripts, if you have these already. Your admission application will not be reviewed until a faculty member has agreed to serve as your advisor, and if you are applying for the M.S.-thesis or Ph.D. programs, until you and your future advisor have some arrangements or plans for funding your graduate studies and research.
  3. Fill out an on-line application for graduate study at Texas A&M through ApplyTexas:
  4. Pay the application fee (electronically via ApplyTexas)
  5. Submit official GRE scores that are less than five years old.
    1. The institutional code for Texas A&M University for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores is 6003; no department code is needed. (We do not accept GMAT for our program.)
  6. Once you have applied on ApplyTexas, you will receive access to AIS ( You can log in there and submit the following:
    1. Three (3) letters of recommendation (preferably from professors).
    2. Statement of purpose. Please click here to view our guidelines on writing your statement of purpose.
    3. Resume/CV.
    4. You will also need to complete the departmental data sheet and confirmation page for your application to be complete.
  7. Also send official transcripts of coursework from all colleges/universities you have attended. (International applicants: Submit official translations as well.)
  8. International applicants: Submit proof of English proficiency, if required.
  9. International applicants: Submit official diplomas, with official translations, if those are not part of your transcript.

*Note: Current TAMU students who complete a master's degree and would like to continue on for a doctoral degree must submit updated application materials for review by the ESSM Graduate Programs Committee. Your updated application package must include: a Letter of Intent, a new statement of purpose, an updated resume/CV, and three (3) new letters of recommendation (preferably from professors). You also must identify a faculty member who is willing to serve as your advisor and have arrangements for funding your doctoral program. You do not need to submit a new ApplyTexas application, transcripts or GRE scores. Please submit your application materials by the application deadlines, indicated above, to Madysen Rydeen, The Letter of Intent will be signed by the Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs only following review of your updated application and a vote from the ESSM Graduate Programs Committee to accept you into the ESSM doctoral program.

U.S. applicants: For details on these steps, see the Office of Admissions application process.
International applicants: For details on these steps, see the Office of Admissions international application process.

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Track the status of your application in the TAMU Applicant Information System (AIS).

*Note that ALL application materials listed above must be submitted by the deadline in order for your application to be reviewed for admission in the upcoming semester.

Admissions requirements

  • A minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Competitive GRE verbal and quantitative scores (around 50th percentile). (See GRE scores information.)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test). (Required only for international students; see "Required Documents" on the international graduate how to apply page  for details.)

Admission decisions may also be influenced by consideration of research experiences (for M.S. and Ph.D. applicants) or professional training (for M.Agr. and MNRD applicants) and achievements beyond undergraduate study that demonstrate potential for success in a graduate program.

Admission decisions

You will learn whether you have been admitted via letters to you from the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Tuition & fees

To learn more about the cost of study at Texas A&M, explore the Student Business Services Web site.

Financial support

Check the ESSM Financial Support page for information on graduate student funding.