Applying to the Center for Environmental Research and Education

The Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) houses Duquesne University's undergraduate, graduate and professional certificate programs in Environmental Science. Students who wish to take graduate science classes but are not interested in earning an advanced degree may apply for "Special Student" status. See the Special Student Application Instructions for more information.

Undergraduate Admissions

Students interested in applying to the undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Science program can apply using the Duquesne University application or through CommonApp. Email with any questions and view the Official Undergraduate Admissions webpage here for more information.

Graduate & Certificate Admissions

Students interested in applying to a graduate program or a professional certificate program can apply here. The Center for Environmental Research and Education offers two unique graduate degree programs and two professional certificate programs. 

  • Master of Science in Environmental Science
  • Environmental Management Certificate Program
  • Environmental Science Certificate Program

CERE accepts application on a rolling basis with incoming students able to start in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Our admissions process is rolling and we strive to communicate your admissions decision as quickly as possible once we receive your submitted application and all supporting documents. As the applicant pool is competitive, we encourage you to submit and complete your application as soon as possible


Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Environmental Science and Management graduate program should have an undergraduate degree with a basic foundation in biology, chemistry, environmental studies, and mathematics. While you are not required to have an undergraduate science degree, you are required to have the following pre-requisite courses for regular acceptance into the program:

  • General Biology I with Lab
  • General Biology II with Lab
  • General Chemistry I with Lab
  • General Chemistry II with Lab
  • An Environmental Studies or Environmental Science course
  • Calculus and/or Statistics

Applicants to the Environmental Management or Environmental Science Professional Certificate Programs are not required to have the above pre-requesite courses. Instead, applicants should have at least completed one college-level Algebra course. 

If you lack these prerequisites, you may still be accepted into the program as a provisional student, but will be required to complete the courses before becoming a regular student. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their intellectual capacity, communication skills, motivation, and aptitude for laboratory research. Applicants with serious undergraduate course deficiencies may be required to correct these prior to admission into the program. The Admissions Committee looks forward to reviewing your application. Please ensure that you submit a complete application with all items listed below. Applications that are missing any of the following items cannot be considered for an admissions decision.

I.Submit the University application.

Complete our online application. There is no fee required to submit your application.

Please submit the additional documents outlined below to the following address:
Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences
100 Mellon Hall
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Telephone: 412-396-4095
Fax: 412-396-4881

II. A Statement of Purpose, approximately 250 words, describing your goals and objectives for enrolling in this program.

III. All official transcripts sent directly from the university Registrar's Office for programs completed within the United States. Officially evaluated transcripts by WES or ECE of all undergraduate and any graduate studies if completed outside of the United States.

IV. Two letters of recommendation. In addition, please have each reference submit a completed recommendation form.

V. Official GRE scores are required for admission for students that have completed their undergraduate degree in the last five years. Please have official GRE scores sent from ETS using code 2196 only (a department code isn't needed). A subject test is optional.

VI. INTERNTIONAL STUDENTS ONLY - Your application package must also contain the following:

  • Official Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL scores that are current to one year. Please review Duquesne University's English Language Proficiency requirements. Before classes begin, International students and any non-native speakers of the English language (including Lawful Permanent Residents) will be required to take the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test. On occasion students with exceptionally high speaking portions of the TOEFL may be waived from the SPEAK test.
  • Duquesne University Affidavit of Support Form completed in full and an official bank statement. The affidavit of support form is a legal document that a student's sponsor must complete and have notarized and certified. The bank statement must be from the sponsor and show at least one full year of costs. Estimates of costs for the academic year are available from our Office of International Programs.
  • International Student Form.

Special Student Status

Students who wish to take graduate science classes but are not interested in earning an advanced degree may apply for "Special Student Status." 


Fall admission: July 1
March 1 for full consideration for financial aid
Summer admission: March 1
Spring admission: October 1
Please note that these deadlines are strongly suggested but applications will be processed and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted up to one month before the start of classes. (Exception: International students must follow the above deadlines.)

Assistantship Deadlines. A limited number of assistantship positions are available for full-time students. Awards cover partial tuition. Applicants interested in assistantships must apply by the deadlines at the top of the page.


Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about the program or the admissions process. We'd be delighted to assist you. Were available via:

Phone: 412-396-4095