The Bard CEP seeks motivated candidates who have have demonstrated leadership potential, a commitment to environmental issues, and an aptitude for graduate study. We offers competitive fellowships, project assistantships, and campus employment opportunities to qualified students.
Our students come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Our selection committee considers academic performance and GRE scores, but also takes a close look at our applicants’ statement of purpose, general writing skills, relevant work experience, and faculty and employer evaluations (3 letters of recommendation). International applicants must be highly proficient in both reading and writing English.
January 15 - Early admission deadline
March 15 - Regular admission deadline
May 15 - Final admission deadline (not recommended for International students who need time to apply for a visa, these students should apply by Jan. 15 or Mar. 15)
Admission Requirements, MS Degrees
The Bard CEP graduate program is designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the environmental policy arena with in-depth knowledge and skills in both qualitative and quantitative disciplines. Quantitative literacy and working knowledge of spreadsheets is required. Applicants to all degree programs must have successfully completed the following courses at the college level.
college algebra (or the equivalant)
two physical or natural science courses (designed for science majors)
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, there are no specific requirements concerning the applicant's prior field of study. Work experience, internships and volunteering in the environmental field are recommended, but not required, for all degree programs. We offer conditional admission for applicants who are missing one or more of the prerequisite courses.Students who lack any of the prerequisite coursework are encouraged to apply for admission, and if accepted will work with the admission staff to identify the right courses to fill these gaps before entering the program.
2) A personal statement written by the applicant of not more than 600 words addressing your professional and educational interests in relation to an environmental policy issue or problem and how you feel the Bard CEP program will help you achieve them. Please make sure your full name appears on this document before uploading it.
3) A sample of written work such as a college research paper, published article, professional work such as briefs, or information for media. Please make sure your full name appears on this document before uploading it.
4) Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. (Transcripts should be sent to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, see address below. Bard CEP is not responsible for transcripts sent to other departments at Bard College.)
5) Graduate Record Examination scores. 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 Bard's MBA in Sustainability, GMAT scores are acceptable in lieu of the GRE.
6) Three letters of recommendation from academic and professional sources. The Bard Center for Environmental Policy accepts letters of recommendation through the Slideroom online application system. Letters of recommendation are also accepted on paper, on official forms. Paper letters should be addressed to the Graduate Admission Office (address below), signed across the sealed flaps, and sent directly to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy by the authors.
7) TOEFL. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English and should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores should be sent to the Bard Center for Environmental Policy by the Educational Testing Service. The Bard College school code is 2037. Other evidence of English-language proficiency will be accepted only with the approval of the Graduate Admission Committee. Internet-based test scores must be near 100 to be considered.
Applying for Financial Aid
To be considered for financial aid at Bard College, international students and their parents are expected to complete the following forms:
International Student Financial Aid Form and
Certification of Finances (foreign nationals file in order to obtain a visa)
Forms of Financial Aid available to international students include:
Wangari Maathai Scholarship (NEW)Funding is available for one outstanding international student as part of the Wangari Maathai Scholars program. This new program will grant one $20,000 scholarship per year to a student who shows promise of a leadership career in environmental policy. Interested students should email a statement of no more than 500 words to firstname.lastname@example.org on the following: Please define and explain leadership in the context of the sustainability challenges we face in the coming decades. Finalists will be reviewed based on this statement and their application materials, and will be interviewed by the selection committee. Applicants must be accepted to the Bard CEP masters program and have completed a international financial aid application, including a certificate of finances, in order to qualify. Applications are due by May 15. The scholarship recipient will be notified on June 1st.
CEP Fellowships The Graduate Committee awards fellowships to all students who show uncommon promise and commitment to graduate studies in the fields of environmental policy and climate science and policy. These fellowship awards are given to incoming and returning full-time students and may be given in combination with other scholarships, campus employment, assistantships, and federal loans. More than 90 percent of students receive a CEP Fellowship. These fellowships are reviewed yearly and are not renewed automatically. Students applying to one of our masters programs will automatically be considered for a CEP Merit Fellowship by indicating their interest on the Slideroom application. Completion of a FAFSA or International Financial Aid Application is required to qualify.
Project Assistantships (PA) A limited number of project assistantships are available each year, and are awarded in incoming students on a competitive basis. Applicants are notified if they are being considered for a PA during the admission process. Most projects are environmentally focused, require between 5-10 hours per week, and come with a small stipend. Previous projects have included working with Director Goodstein on organizing climate dialogues with experts, political leaders, and student groups nationwide; on-farm apprenticing, research, and curriculum-design with Professor Phillips; assisting certain faculty with research projects; and working with Bard’s Office of Sustainability to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. These campus employment positions provide invaluable opportunities for growth and professional development. Students who are offered a PA are not required to take it.Students applying to one of our masters programs will be considered for a PA position by indicating their interest on the application for admission to the program.