How to Apply to the MESM Program at URI.

Application Deadlines

U.S. Students International Students
Spring admission November 15 Spring admission July 15
Summer admission April 15 Fall admission February 1
Fall admission July 15

Before you apply, we recommend reviewing the learning goals and course requirements for all seven MESM specialization tracks to decide which program best fits your academic and professional aspirations. When you complete the online application you will need to choose one of these tracks, as there is no “Undecided” option. If you should enroll in the MESM program and later decide to pursue a different specialization, you can easily switch to another track. In fact, in your first semester of the MESM program you will take an orientation seminar (EVS501) which will review the different tracks and the faculty that work in them. This will help you make an informed decision on the best track for you.

You do not need a MESM faculty advisor when you are applying for admission. You will meet many of the faculty active in the program during your orientation seminar and will discover then who works on issues of interest to you.

International students are strongly advised to carefully read and follow the application instructions provided by the URI Graduate School.

The application process includes two phases:

  • Completing the online application to the Graduate School
  • Submitting non-electronic items (transcripts) to the MESM coordinators

Please review the information below before beginning the application process.
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If you have not previously applied to the University of Rhode Island, you will need to create a New Applicant User Account. Choose “New” from the application home page and follow the instructions. NOTE: Keep a copy of your security and password information. If you already have an account and are unable to retrieve your logon information using the “Forget Password” function, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (401) 874-2872 for assistance.

To complete the online application, you will need to provide the following:

  • Personal contact and demographic information
  • Residency status (refer to Residency Guidelines if you are unsure of your status)
  • Intended start term
  • Plan of study to which you seek admission. NOTE: All MESM program tracks are listed separately beginning with the specific track name. (Ex: Conservation Biology – MESM; Earth and Hydrologic Sci – MESM). If you intend to enroll in MESM, do not apply for the Environmental Sciences-MS (thesis) program.
  • Educational background (undergraduate institution, major, GPA, etc.)
  • Testing information – the General GRE taken within past 5 years is required for all applicants. Please key in your testing date and arrange for an official score report to be sent directly to URI; our ETS institution code 3919 and you do not need to specify a department code. Please refer to the ETS web site for information on testing dates and reporting schedules.

International students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the TOEFL or IELTSexam taken within the past 2 years.

  •  Personal statement – you should prepare your statement in a word processing program and then copy and paste your statement directly into the space provided. Formatting features such as bold and italics are not supported. Tell us your professional goals, where you want to be when you complete the MESM program, what your passions are, what attracts you to the program, and why you are an exciting candidate for MESM. Additional guidelines to help you prepare your statement are provided here.
  • Letters of Recommendation – two letters are required. Enter the names, e-mail addresses and date of your request for each referee. The referees will receive instructions for uploading their letters to the online system. Referees will receive this message from the application system immediately after you save your application with their names and e-mails entered. We recommend you notify your recommenders beforehand because the messages sometimes go to SPAM or Trash folders if security settings are high.
  • Signature – type your name and the submission date to verify your application.
  • Application Feenonrefundable $65 application fee payable by credit card or electronic check. Applications cannot be processed until the $65 fee is paid.

2) SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS you will need to mail to the MESM program

  • Transcripts – one copy of an official, sealed and stamped transcript from your undergraduate institution.
  • Residency affidavit – if you are a Rhode Island resident seeking to be billed at the in-state tuition rate, you will need to provide documentation of your residency status as outlined in the Rhode Island Residency Guidelines. NOTE: the MESM program does not participate in the Tuition Break New England Regional Residency program.
  • Letters of recommendation – if for some reason your referees are unable to use the online system, they may mail a hard copy directly to the MESM coordinators.

Address all supplemental materials to:

University of Rhode Island
106 Coastal Institute in Kingston
1 Greenhouse Road
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881