Prospective Students


The Department of Community Sustainability graduate programs are based on cohorts, beginning in Fall semesters, and uses a rolling admissions procedure (applications are reviewed as they are completed). Applicants are encouraged to apply early to increase their opportunities for acceptance and funding.

Applications for FALL 2017 are accepted on a rolling basis from September 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017.

  • If Fall 2017 applicants submit all application items by November 15, 2016, they have an improved chance of consideration for university-wide fellowships and research assistantships. 
  • If fall applicants submit all application items by March 1, 2017, they can be considered for research assistantships, as available and offered by individual faculty members.


Conversations or agreements with potential faculty advisors do not guarantee admission or funding. The CSUS Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates all of the required application items before an admissions and funding decision is emailed to the applicant by the Department and forwarded by the Department to the MSU Office of Admissions. The MSU Office of Admissions sends the final admissions decision to the applicant. 

Applicants sometimes ask us to make a preliminary evaluation of their qualifications for admission. We are sorry, but this is not possible. We must receive all of the required application items by the application deadline before any evaluations by the CSUS Graduate Admissions Committee can take place. Please review the information on our website for prospective students before completing and submitting your application.


If you have questions about the graduate program or application proccess, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator. Please do not email your application items.

Dr. Gail Vander Stoep
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator