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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

January 9, 2023 is the application deadline for the Fall 2023 cohort.

The application window for the Fall 2023 cohort is open. EH utilizes regular, not rolling admissions, i.e., the EH Admissions Committee will evaluate all the applications at once in January, not as they are submitted. The EH Admissions Committee will consider late applications, but those applicants may not be considered for program funding. Our cohorts are typically enrolled by May 1.

Please include:

  • 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. If you're having trouble reaching recommenders, or they are unable to fulfill your requests, you may add and delete recommenders via ApplyYourself.
  • 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.
  • Mark the 'Are you interested in receiving financial support' box if you expect to be funded via a teaching or graduate research assistantship or to indicate your interest in a Mellon research fellowship or Equity & Diversity funding.
  • 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 in the Additional Information section of the application, "Additional comments you consider pertinent/important to this 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 in the Additional Information section of the application, "Additional comments you consider pertinent/important to this application". The EH Admission Committe will choose Equity & Diversity funding recipients. 

International Students

International Students should submit all of the above materials as well as demonstration of English proficiency before January 9, 2023. 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 mid-February, and EH utilizes a wait-list.



Last Updated: 11/17/22