Applying

The Bard CEP seeks motivated candidates from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated leadership potential, a commitment to policy and environmental issues, and an aptitude for graduate study.

Admission Calendar

January 15, Early Admission Deadline
March 15, Regular Admission Deadline 
May 15, Final Admission Deadline
August 1, First payment due (50 percent of tuition)
August 19-21, Registration and orientation

The application for fall 2018 enrollment is now available! Click here to start your application.

Steps to Apply to Bard CEP:

1. Complete the Application

Create an account in our online application system, select the Bard CEP application, complete all required fields, and submit along with the $65 application fee. Please email Caitlin O'Donnell (codonnel@bard.edu) with any questions.

2. Write a Personal Statement

A personal statement written by the applicant of no more than 600 words addressing your professional and/or educational interests in relation to an environmental policy issue and how you feel the Bard CEP program will help you achieve them. Please make sure your full name appears on the document before uploading it.

3. Submit a Writing Sample.

A sample of written work such as a college paper, published article or other professional document. Please make sure your full name appears on the document before uploading it.

4. Submit two letters of recommendation.

Two letters of recommendation from both an academic and professional source. Bard CEP accepts letters of recommendation through the online application system. When prompted in the Recommendations section of the application -- enter each recommender's name and contact information. The recommender will then receive an email with detailed instructions on how to submit his or her recommendation online.

5. School Transcripts.

Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. Transcripts should be sent to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, to the following address:
 
Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Office of Graduate Admission
30 Campus Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
 
Please note: Bard CEP is not responsible for transcripts sent to other departments at Bard College.

6. Submit GRE or GMAT Scores.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Bard College school code is 2037. There is no departmental code. For applicants to the dual degree program with Pace Law School, LSAT scores are acceptable in lieu of the GRE. For applicants to the dual degree program with the Bard MBA in Sustainability, GMAT scores are acceptable in lieu of the GRE. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher may submit a formal GRE waiver request.

7. Complete and Submit FAFSA.

All applicants requesting any sort of financial aid (loans, fellowships, campus employment) must complete a FAFSA.

8. Schedule an Interview.

Bard CEP Admissions Interviews are conducted by the Bard CEP Administration and Admissions Review Committee. Interviews will be scheduled upon submission of your application. Email codonnel@bard.edu for more information.