Graduate Program Prospective Students
Thank you for your interest in graduate study in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (ESSM) at Texas A&M University! We have an outstanding faculty who are recognized around the world for their expertise. Our graduates are successful in their fields following completion of their studies in ESSM at Texas A&M.
ESSM offers graduate degrees at both the master's and doctoral levels. The thesis-based M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are designed for research or academic careers. Non-thesis master's degrees provide advanced training in natural resource conservation and management for those who seek a professional career outside of research.
95% of current full-time, on campus graduate students in ESSM are supported by departmental teaching assistantships, grant-based research assistantships, or internal and external graduate fellowships and grants, amounting to over $200,000 per year. Research and travel grants are also available from the department and university.
Understanding relevant mechanisms at spatial scales from the gene to the globe, and temporal scales from seconds to millennia.
Plant and soil ecology
Remote sensing/Spatial science
Global change ecology
Utilizing state-of-the-art science to develop resilient approaches for stewardship of natural resources.
Natural resource policy
Extending the most recent science and management to students, land users, and policymakers.
Related groups and activities:
Graduate and/or undergraduate programs
Statewide Extension programs
Interactions with stakeholder groups
Interactions with state and federal agencies
Field Days at major research sites/coop units
Graduate students in ESSM can major in one of six graduate degree programs.
- Ecosystem Science and Management Degree Options
- Master of Natural Resource Development Degree Options
ESSM administers or jointly administers three graduate certificate programs that are available to all graduate students in the university.
Admission to the Program
Applicants should first review the application process here.
Once the application has been submitted, the ESSM graduate programs committee will meet soon after the application deadline to review all candidates. Your application will be scored based on the following criteria:
- 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.
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.