. Take 2-4 of the required courses for this program as a non-degree student and do well in them. Earning a B or better (not a B-) shows that you are capable of succeeding in graduate courses. These credits may be able to be transferred into the degree program (see transfer credit).

2. Make sure you have taken the prerequisite courses.

3. Relevant work experience can substitute for some of missing coursework.

4. Any of the following (if true) will help your case that you are capable of maintaining above a 3.0 GPA in graduate school:
– undergraduate degree was many years ago and you have now matured.
– poor grades were early in your undergraduate career.
– you had one bad semester but otherwise maintained a decent GPA.

We strongly suggest you take the following courses: organic chemistry, biology, statistics, environmental science/toxicology. You can take these courses at any college or university, you do not need to take them at NC State. Students who have taken none of these courses are rarely admitted because we have found that students without this background tend to struggle in the program.

No, this degree/certificate is 100% distance. No travel to Raleigh is required to complete the program.

The average time to completion is 2.5 years. In general, we recommend students start with one course per semester and increase that to two once you are confident you can fit the workload into your schedule. Students who are working full-time often find one course per semester is enough. Some full-time students take 3 courses per semester.


We highly recommend having the following coursework before entering the program:

  • 1 semester organic chemistry
  • 1 semester biology
  • 1 semester environmental science/toxicology
  • 1 semester statistics

NC State University’s Environmental Assessment Online program welcomes graduate students from universities all around the world. For international students, the Graduate School requires TOEFL scores of at least 80 on the internet-based version. Please review Section O: English Proficiency Requirements of the Graduate School Handbook for minimum scores for each TOEFL section and other details concerning TOEFL requirements.

Note that distance programs do not provide for a visa to study in the US. International students would need to study in their home country or be in the US under a non-student visa.

All application materials should be submitted prior to the dates published below. Applications will be reviewed after this date and admission recommendations submitted to the Graduate School. We do not admit students to start in the summer due to course availability and timing of admissions decision-making.

Fall Admission: Applications due April 15.
Spring Admission: Applications due September 30.

The GRE is not required for any of our online Environmental Assessment programs.

Students in the Master of Environmental Assessment program can transfer in up to 12 units of previously taken credits (with restrictions). Review the NCSU Graduate School Handbook for complete information on the restrictions. Those 12 credits need to be required courses taken at NC State or electives taken at NC State or another university.

Certificate students can transfer in up to 6 credits of required coursework (see the graduate handbook for other restrictions).


Graduate tuition for distance education programs is different than for on-campus programs.  Tuition differs for students classified as out-of-state as well.  Information can be found at the NC State Online and Distance Education Website.

Students in the Masters of Environmental Assessment program are self-supported (no research or teaching assistantships are available at this time).Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. A limited amount of grant funding is also available to students enrolled in Online and Distance Education degrees. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need, and enrollment in multiple Online and Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information, please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, or call (919) 515-2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan. Unfortunately, financial aid is not available for students in the certificate program.