Resource guide for the MSEM program

Who should pursue this program? 

The MSEM is specifically geared toward the formation of a new type of manager who is interested in combining the disciplines of ecology and project management. The program has been designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of ecosystems and to enhance their ability to apply tools and methods for assessing the effects of an increasing human impact on ecosystems. If you are looking for coursework that is hands on, interdisciplinary and international, this program is for you. 

I work full-time. Can I fit the MSEM into my schedule?

Our MSEM program is a full-time program. Given the rigor of the program, most students choose not to work full-time while pursuing their degree. Classes meet during the day Monday through Thursday, with Friday reserved for guest speakers and events. Additionally, in May between the first and second year students travel to Costa Rica.

Can I live on campus? 

We do not offer on-campus housing for graduate students at this time. However, there are many apartments near campus and in the surrounding area.

Can I complete my degree online?

No. The classroom experience is an important part of your MSEM experience here at St. Edward’s University. Typical MSEM student cohorts include 20–24 students, which allows for meaningful interaction between students and faculty. 

Where are you located?

Courses are held on our main campus located on South Congress in Austin, Texas. In May of the first year of the program, students travel to Costa Rica for four weeks for international field work.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

The MSEM curriculum consists of 37 US credit hours and is completed in two years (4 semesters, plus a month in the summer) of full-time study.  

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Are there scholarships, fellowships or other types of aid available to help me pay for my degree?

We do not offer scholarships or fellowships to incoming graduate students. After completing six credit hours with our program, graduate students are eligible to apply for a Presidential Fellowship if they have at least a 3.5 GPA. This fellowship is equivalent to the cost of one credit hour. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can apply for federal financial aid in the form of student loans to help pay their tuition and fees. Students will be assigned a designated financial aid advisor upon admission to help answer questions about financing their education. 

How much is tuition?

Tuition for 2014-2015 is $11,214 for the fall semester and $11,214 for the spring semester. The graduate tuition is inclusive, as we do not charge additional fees for advising, career services, the library, the recreation center, etc. However, there is a separate technology fee ($50 per term) and a $250 annual parking charge.

When is the application deadline? 

A new MSEM cohort begins each fall semester. Application deadlines are as follows:
Early deadline: Dec. 1
Priority deadline: Feb. 15
Final deadline: May 15 

Is the GRE required for admission? 

Yes, the GRE or GMAT is required. We accept either test and do not have a preference. This may be waived with a previously earned graduate degree or with 12 or more hours at the graduate level with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and no grades lower than B.

Are recommendation letters required?

Yes, two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendations can come from a professor, supervisor or colleague. You should choose a recommender who can speak to either your professional or academic ability to complete this rigorous graduate program.  

Is there a required recommendation form? 

Yes, we offer a recommendation form that you can give to your recommenders, which offers more structure. Look under “Additional Resources”.

I am an international student. Can I apply to the MSEM program?

Yes, we welcome a diverse student population and have a number of international students in our MSEM program. The MSEM program is full time, which complies with F-1 Visa requirements. At the graduate level, taking nine credit hours is considered a full-time course load. In addition to the standard MSEM admission requirements, international students must submit:

  • An official course-by-course Foreign Credential Evaluation (FCE) dated within one year if you earned a bachelor's degree outside the U.S.
  • An official TOEFL or IELTS score dated within two years. We require a minimum score of 79 on the computer based TOEFL and 6.0 on the IELTS.

Where should I mail transcripts and recommendation letters? 

Application materials can be mailed to:
St. Edward’s University
Attn: Office of Admission
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704

Can my references email you their recommendation letter? 

Yes, the recommendation form and accompanying letter can be emailed as a scanned PDF to your admission counselor, Amy Kice.