Entry into the Master of Sustainability degree program is in the Fall of each academic year. Applications must be received no later than July 1st or February 1st if you also wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship position.
Please refer to the sections below for instructions on how to create an online admissions account and submit your application. When you are ready to get started, just click on the "Apply Now" button below.
Required Application Materials
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Graduate test scores (GRE, GMAT, or LSAT)
- Personal statement (1-3 pages)
- Three (3) ETS Personal Potential Index (PPI) References (see more details below)
ETS Personal Potential Index Requirement
Starting in the Fall of 2012, the Center for Sustainability will require you to complete the Personal Potential Index (PPI) as another means for us to make an admission decision for the masters programs in sustainability and urban planning and real estate development. The PPI asks recommenders to evaluate your non-cognitive traits that research indicates may contribute to success in graduate programs. The link for the PPI is www.ets.org/ppi or for the direct link to the application http://www.ets.org/ppi/applicants/start. Either site will give you necessary information to set up a free account (for GRE test takers) and submit names for your references. A sample report is also available. You are to provide the names of 3 references who will receive a link to the PPI. Note that separate letters of reference are also required for your SLU graduate school application: you may (or may not) use the same individuals to write your letters of reference for the PPI evaluation. You may (or may not) use individuals who know you outside the classroom such as employers, professors who have supervised research, individuals with whom you have done volunteer work, etc. The sample PPI provides guidance regarding the types of references which are most appropriate. Applicants will receive an email each time a reference has submitted the form and when all are in, you need to go to your account to complete the final step that will send the information to our department.
Important Information about the Online Application Process
Through the online application system you will complete the admission application checklist and submit supporting documentation including your personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation. The only items not submitted through the online system are academic transcripts and the Declaration and Certification of Finances form (international applicants only) Official copies of these documents should be mailed directly to the Office of Graduate Admission at the following address:
Office of Graduate Admission
Saint Louis University
DuBourg Hall, Room 150
St. Louis, MO 63103
How to Apply
Click on the "Apply Now" button above (or anywhere on our site) will take you to the SLU Online Admissions Website where you will proceed through the steps listed below.
- Admissions Login - New User: Create a personal Login ID and PIN to establish an account in the online admission system
- Select an Application Type: Select "Graduate Admissions" from the drop down menu
- Apply for Admissions: Select the term for which you wish to apply (note: the Master of Sustainability program only offers Fall enrollment). Enter your first and last name
- Application Checklist: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete each of the nine steps of the admissions checklist. You can use the online system to upload your resume and personal statement as well enter contact information for the references who will be writing your letters of recommendation. Your references will be notified of your request for a letter of recommendation by e-mail and given a link through which to submit the letter to directly to the online application system.
- Transcripts and Test Scores: You cannot submit electronic copies of your academic transcripts or test scores through the online application system. Official copies of your academic record, test scores, or any other supporting documentation should be mailed or hand-delivered to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the address listed above.
Additional Application Requirements for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
- Please check the Department of Graduate Admission's English Proficiency Policy web page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements.
- You may also visit the International Prospects, Applicants and Students web page for more information about international application requirements.
Application Review Process
The Center for Sustainability admissions committee is comprised of faculty and staff who review qualified applicants' materials and make recommendations. The admissions committee takes a holistic approach to applicant evaluation. In addition to GPA and standardized test scores, the committee considers the applicant's past experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement, professional goals, and overall fit with the program. In some cases, the Center may request an interview with the student to further assess their qualifications and suitability for the program.
For reference, a successful candidate would likely:
- have a GPA of 3.0 or better
- place in the 70th percentile or better on graduate standardized tests (GRE, GMAT, or LSAT)
The Center reviews completed applications as they are received and typically notifies applicants within one month of receiving all required materials. Please note that the review process does not begin until your application is marked as complete, meaning that every step of the checklist has been completed and all supporting documentation has been submitted.