Graduate Program Prospective Students

Application Process

The first step in applying is to contact graduate program advisor, Amanda Ray, at In your email to her, please include the degree you are seeking, your resume/CV, and your research interests. You can also include any faculty members you have reached out to as potential program advisors. Click on each requirement below to find out more information.

Find a Faculty Advisor

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.

Review the list of our faculty and their research areas

Fill out Texas Common Application

The Texas Common Application (TCA) is the official application for graduate studies at Texas A&M University.  To apply to our Program, complete your TCA online at  An application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, or $90 for international applicants must be paid according to the instructions in the TCA.  However, the Graduate Program in Genetics will waive the application fee for domestic students who submit their application by January 15.  After the application is submitted to TCA, the applicant will gain access to the Texas A&M Applicant Information System (AIS) where most of the required documents can be uploaded.

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.

For more information on Graduate Studies at Texas A&M, click here.

Submit Test Scores

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical sections are required for all applicants.  Subject tests are not required for admission into the graduate program in genetics.  Scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003) and must be from within the last five years. We do not accept GMAT scores.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English, unless those applicants completed all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States or achieved a 146 Verbal GRE or 22 Verbal GMAT.  TOEFL scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003) and be from a test date within the last two years. For more details, visit

Test scores are required for all applicants but they are not the sole measure used to determine acceptance into the graduate program in Ecosystem Science and Management.

Statement of Purpose and Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Purpose and a Curriculum Vitae (CV) through the Applicant Information System (AIS). Please click here to view our guidelines on writing your statement of purpose.

You will have access to the AIS system once your ApplyTexas application has been processed by the university (about three days after you submit on ApplyTexas). You can log in using your UIN at You will also need to complete the departmental data sheet on AIS, otherwise we will not be able to see your application. Once your letters of recommendation have been submitted and your official transcripts uploaded, you can fill out the confirmation page; at that point your application will be complete!

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted online via the AIS portal. These should preferably be from professors or those who are familiar with your academic background and potential.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from each senior-level, post-secondary institution attended.  Electronic versions of your transcript sent from your previous institution(s) are preferred.

If the institution cannot use this format and you have attended an American or Canadian college or university, one official transcript is required.  Please ask each registrar to enclose one copy of your transcript in a sealed, signed envelope addressed to you.  Place the signed, sealed envelope with the seal unbroken and the registrar’s signature intact inside a second envelope and send it to the following address:

(U.S. Postal Service)
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001

If the transcripts or mark-sheets are from a university outside the United States, they are to be signed by the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document.  Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translations in English, if necessary.  Translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official.)

International applicants: Submit official diplomas, with official translations, if those are not part of your transcript.

Applying for Stand Alone Certificates

If you would like more information on applying for the Geographic Information Science (GIS) certificate or the Remote Sensing (RS) certificate, click here.

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.

Admissions 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.

Application deadlines

For U.S. applicants:

For fall semester start:

  • February 15 for departmental fellowship consideration
  • March 15 for all domestic applicants

For spring semester start:

    • October 15

For summer semester start:

    • March 15

For international applicants:

For summer and fall semester start:

  • February 15 (also departmental fellowship deadline)

For spring semester start:

    • September 15 

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

Contact us:

Amanda Ray,
Graduate Program Academic Advisor

Dr. Georgianne Moore,
Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs

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Amanda Ray
Academic Advisor for Graduate Programs

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Dr. Georgianne Moore
Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs

979.845.3765 |


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