Couldn't find the information you were looking for on our EE Application Page?  Please check these Frequently Asked Questions to find out more! 

Q. Can I send unofficial transcripts via email or snail mail?  

A.  Your file will not be considered complete until you submit official transcripts.  Your institution(s) must send transcripts directly to the Office of Admissions in sealed envelopes or through a secure email that requires a log in.  All other forms of transcripts will not be considered for acceptance into Southern Oregon University.  

Q. Should I send transcripts from institutions other than my primary undergraduate insitution(s)?

A.  Yes!  If you received any credits from studying abroad, community college, summer courses, or concurrent tests, you will need to send those in addition to transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s), even if those credits appear on your undergraduate transcript.  Your file will not be considered complete until we have official copies of those transcripts.  

Q.  Am I still eligible for graduate assistantships if I don't submit my GRE scores by the January deadline? 

A.  Unfortunately, we can't hold out for students to take their GREs before deciding on GAs for the next cohort.  If you haven't taken your GREs by the time the January deadline passes, then your file will not be considered complete and you will not be considered for a graduate assistantship.  

Q.  What are the different types of graduate assistantships for which I am applying? 

A.  There are five graduate assistantships offered.  The following describes each position:  

  • Office Manager:  Responsible for managing the SEEC office, which includes communicating with prospective students and applicants, as well as compiling and organizing applicant files.  Also responsible for assisting in maintaining the financial records for the SEEC budget; developing, duplicating and distributing marketing materials; developing and maintaining internship opportunities for graduate students; delegating activities and responsibilities to graduate assistants and other graduate students; organizing periodic informational and social gatherings for students in the EE program.  
  • Assistant Office Manager:  Responsible for managing the SEEC office budget and supporting the SEEC Office Manager.  Also responsible for recruitment and marketing of the graduate program, speaking with prospective students, assisting with incoming application materials, and ensuring applicant files are complete.
  • Fall in the Field Coordinator: Tasked with the oversight of the annual place-paced educational program known as Fall in the Field. This Graduate Assistant will grasp overall program needs, act as a liaison between faculty and cohort, help plan Fall in the Field meetings, and encourage communication and leadership in the cohort during the program’s development.
  • Outreach Coordinator/Kit Manager:  Responsible for the development, management, and maintenance of the educational kit loan program which includes communicating with area teachers for educational outreach, maintaining the SEEC e-mail regularly, arranging for delivery and return of kits through the ESD Courier, inventorying and maintaining educational materials, and improving existing kits through development of new activities and lessons.  
  • General Biology Lab Instructor:  Will instruct two 2-hour lab sessions for General Biology in fall, winter, and spring.  Responsibilities include: preparing for the lab, attending lecture, attinding weekly lab meetings, grading student work, and maintaining office two hours per week.  This position is for only 3 academic terms.  

Q.  Should I specify which graduate assistantship position I am applying for in my GA essay?

A.  While you are not obligated to specify which position you would like, you can indicate which position you are more qualified for or interested in.

Q.  What benefits do I get if I earn a graduate assistantship position? 

A.  You will receive 80% tuition remission for your first Fall, Winter, Spring and Second Summer term, in addition to a small monthly stipend.  This stipend is usually around $400.  Expect your training to occur when you first arrive in the summer.  While your work as a graduate assistant will officially start your first Fall term, some responsibilities may shift from the previous cohort to you a few weeks leading up to fall term, as they will be busy running Fall in the Field.   

Q.  How long does it take to get a Master of Science in Environmental Education?

A.  This depends on if you add any options to your Master's degree.  You will be expected to start the program in July, and take classes for the next year and half to potentially graduate in December.  

If you add on a Certificate of Non-Profit Management, you would be adding 24 credits to your program, and can intend on adding one term to graduate in the spring (around March). 

If you add on a Teaching Licensure for Elementary/Middle or Middle/High school, then you can expect to graduate in two years.  (For example, start in July 2017 and graduate in June of 2019.)

If you add on a thesis or project, plan to add at least one extra term and graduate in the spring or later.

Q.  If I have a bachelor's degree, but it is not a Bachelor of Science, is there a list of prerequisite courses I should take before applying?

A.  There is not a specific list of prerequisite courses.  You need 18 quarter hours (12 semester hours) of natural history coursework.  A year of introductory biology and 2-3 additional courses in natural histroy or ecology is preferred.  Non-traditional preparation may be considered by the Environmental Education Admissions Committee.  If asking for a portion of the required prerequisite coursework to be waived, a statement should accompany your application outling the experiences that you would like the Committee to consider.  The intent is to assure the Committee that you are prepared to succeed in the graduate-level courses in biology.

Q. When can I expect a decision regarding my application?

It usually takes a couple of months for the selection committee to look over all applicants and their materials.  Applicants that apply by the priority deadline are generally informed about the committee's decision by early March.

If you still have questions regarding the application process or have any other inquiries about this graduate program, please do not hesitate to contact us at