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.
Application Deadlines:

January 15, Early Admission Deadline
March 15, Regular Admission Deadline 
May 15, Final Admission Deadline

Start your application HERE!

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 ( with any questions. Start your application HERE.
2. Write a Personal Statement
Provide a written personal statement that addresses the following points. Personal statements should be a maximum of 1000 words and double spaced. Introduce yourself, providing context for your interest in Bard CEP’s programs based on your personal, academic and/or professional experiences. Speak to the environmental or social problem around which you see the biggest opportunity to drive change. Tell us what the issue is, why you’re motivated by it (be specific), and why you think it's poised for meaningful change.
3. 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.
4. School Transcripts.
Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended.  Official e-transcripts are also accepted. Contact the Bard CEP Admissions office for details.

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.
5. 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.
6. Submit a Resume/CV
A resume or curriculum vitae highlighting your professional experience and relevant qualifications.
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.
Upon the submission of your application, the Bard CEP admissions office will be in touch to schedule your admissions interview. All interviews will be conducted by members of the Graduate Admissions Committee and are held via video conference. The recorded interview is a group interview with 3-4 other applicants. Interview questions are provided at the time of scheduling the interview and meant to learn more about our applicant’s motivation to work in this field and introduce prospective classmates.