The Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) houses Duquesne University's undergraduate, graduate, and professional certificate programs in environmental science.

Undergraduate Admissions

Students interested in applying to the undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Science program can apply using the Duquesne University application or through CommonApp. If you have any questions regarding the application process you may email the Official Undergraduate Admissions Office at You can visit the Official Undergraduate Admissions webpage for more information.

Graduate & Certificate Admissions

The Center for Environmental Research and Education offers two unique graduate degree programs and two professional certificate programs. 

  • Master of Science in Environmental Science & Management
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science & Management: Concentration in Conservation Biology
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science & Management: Concentration in Research
  • Environmental Management Certificate Program
  • Environmental Science Certificate Program

CERE accepts applications on a semi-rolling basis with incoming students able to start in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. 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. Students interested in applying to a graduate program or a professional certificate program can apply using the link below.

  • 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. Between one and six Assistantships, with tuition credits and stipends, are available every year to full-time students. Applicants interested in assistantships must apply by the aforementioned deadlines. Email for more information about Assistantships.


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 Certificate Programs in Environmental Management or Environmental Science are not required to have the above pre-requisite 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 academic record, 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.

Application Process

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, for all undergraduate and any graduate courses. No copies are accepted. Students who attended institutions inside the United States must have the institution's Office of the Registrar send Official Transcripts be send directly to Duquesne.

Students who attended institutions outside of the United States must have all transcripts officially evaluated by an approved transcript evaluation provider and sent to Duquesne University directly from that provider. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.  

IV. Two letters of recommendation. In addition, please have each reference submit a completed recommendation form. At least one of these letters should be from academia (for example a former professor or research mentor).

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. 

April 2020 - Due to the public health crisis, online GRE scores are currently being accepted.

VI. INTERNATIONAL 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.

April 2020 - Due to the public health crisis, the Duolingo English Test, which can be taken remotely, will be accepted as an English Proficiency Exam. 

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." 


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