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Admissions Information

The Environmental Humanities Graduate Program (EH) and the University of Utah are committed to a multicultural, inclusive environment. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree attracts applicants from a wide variety of undergraduate programs, as well as applications from non-traditional and historically excluded groups.

How to Apply

Applications will open on August 1, 2023 for the Fall24 cohort.

  • A short resumé or curriculum vita
  • A thousand-word statement of your personal and professional goals
  • A sample of your scholarly or creative writing, e.g. a research or term paper, undergraduate capstone or thesis
    • If you have been out of school and writing, you may include examples of your published work.
    • You may include more than one sample, though it is not required.
  • Three letters of recommendation from your academic, professional, service or volunteer experience. Your recommenders will submit recommendations online via Slate. Please remember we are looking especially for evidence of academic promise and success.
  • Transcript(s) of any and all previous university or college work; unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application purposes. Upon official admission from the University, official transcripts are required including those that show transfer credit, or study abroad.
  • Note whether you're interested in a Mellon research fellowship or an Equity & Diversity asssitantship.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) results are optional. If you attended a traditional four-year institution, and choose to send those scores, please use the University of Utah ETS code, 4853.

The application fee is $55.00 for domestic students, $65.00 for international students. Applicants will pay a $30 late fee if they apply after April 1.

Mellon Fellowships

Environmental Humanities is a recipient of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant supports our focus on environmental justice and community-engaged learning. If you have experience and interest in community-engaged research and social justice, please express your interest in being considered for a Mellon Graduate Fellowship on the application. The EH Admission Committee will designate the graduate fellows.

Equity and Diversity Funding

EH encourages applicants from historically excluded groups to apply for Equity & Diversity funding. This benefit carries all the responsibilities of our standard assistantship, and includes a larger stipend -- $23,000 per year. Please explain your interest in EH’s Equity & Diversity funding on your application. The EH Admission Committe will choose Equity & Diversity funding recipients. 

International Students

In addition to the list above, international students should submit demonstration of English proficiency before the application deadline. Please save yourself some time; most international applicants must submit English proficiency requirements!  I-20 deadline for Fall is July 1. International Graduate Admissions provides comprehensive information and processes.  International Student & Scholar Services is instrumental in navigating the application, document and visa requirements.

Application Review

1. The Environmental Humanities Admissions Committee reviews, ranks and votes on complete applications.

2. EH then recommends whether to admit or deny your application to Graduate Admissions.  All graduate applicants must meet University of Utah Graduate Admissions criteria; you'll find a detailed description of the application review process from Graduate Admissions

3. Graduate Admissions ultimately admits applicants into our Program upon the EH Admissions Committee's recommendation. Admitted applicants are typically notified by our department mid-February and EH utilizes a wait-list.



Last Updated: 3/21/23