Thesis Information for Graduating Students

Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Student Emergency Funds

Testing Information for Current Applicants

We understand that these are difficult times in which many things are unknown. Please reference this page as your resource for the latest news regarding COVID-19 at the College of Charleston, and what it means for our graduate students.

All classes will be held strictly online through the end of the Spring 2020 semester, including final exams. There are to be no meetings, events or gatherings held on campus. In-person acccess to the university facilities and services is extremely limited at this time. Most college buildings, including Addlestone Library, are closed to in-person visits. It is highy discouraged to be on campus for any reason.

Spring commencement ceremonies have been postponed. As of now, we do not have a date, but commencement will take place. We understand the ceremony is a huge part of our tradition, and we would not deprive students this experience.

Many of our graduate students hold graduate assistantships, and it is imperative that you contact your supervisor. Any GA who is able to continue their work remotely is encouraged to do so. You may continue your employment with the University, but you need to establish the logistics with your supervisor.

We understand that many of our students hold jobs outside of school that are tied to the restaurant and hospitality industries, which have made and continue to make considerable lay offs. The Career Center is posting open positions on their Twitter page.  The College of Charleston has also created an email address of for you to ask any questions releated to the Coronavirus.

We understand these are difficult times, but know that your faculty and staff are comitted to your educational experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.  We are here to help in any way possible.

Thesis Submissions for Spring 2020 Graduating Students ONLY

The thesis submission deadline has been extended to Sunday, May 31.

This significant extension is a recognition that many students and committees have been or will be disrupted by the limitations on group activity and work from home requirements.

The Graduate School is also requiring that all thesis defenses occur virtually. In-person defenses should not take place as they would violate current College of Charleston policies. 

Students will not be eligible to apply for an extension of the new submission deadline. If they cannot meet the May 31 submission deadline, they will be required to enroll in continuous enrollment credits and reapply for graduation in a subsequent term.

Even though we plan to accommodate students experiencing disruption to their thesis work with this extension, we would like to encourage students on track to meet the normal deadline to submit as soon as they have successfully defended and receive permission from their committee.

Information for Students in the Environmental & Sustainbility Studies Program

Thesis/Internship Defense Deadlines for Spring 2020:

  • April 20th: Deadline to provide all committee members with a complete draft of your research
  • May 4th: Deadline to turn in notification of defense form into the office
  • May 18th: Deadline to defend your thesis or internship VIRTUALLY
  • May 31st: Deadline to turn in completed draft of thesis to ProQuest and all signed forms (Thesis release form, signed title page, successful defense form) to the EVSS office

A message from Program Director, Dr. Annette Watson:

Dear Graduate Faculty and Students of MES/EVSS,

These are uncharted waters, but I hope this email finds you healthy thus far during this pandemic. I want to emphasize that both myself and Lucy are available as to advise students in and faculty associated with our program. We aim to help problem-solve any challenges that you are encountering as a result of this new online-only connectivity.

Lucy and I are conducting business-as-usual, though all-online, with program management meetings proceeding and students proceeding with their planned defenses via Zoom. When appropriate, we will post zoom conference meetings that all our EVSS family are encouraged to participate, or just listen in.

To this end of ensuring our smooth transition to the online-only version of our program, both Lucy and myself will schedule open office hours a couple of different times per week. Of course, you are welcome to request individual or small group meetings with us outside of these open office hours. But feel free to “drop in” to these weekly open office hours if you need to brainstorm sets of tasks in your timeline to graduate, or need help navigating online teaching (and learning) at the graduate level, or need help thinking through some of the challenges that social distancing is causing your research. Neither of us will know all the answers to navigating some of the challenges that you might be experiencing, but we really would like to hear from you and assist you with navigating these uncharted waters.

Annette's hours are every Thursday from 1:00-3:00 PM 

Lucy's hours are every Tuesday from 10:00AM - 12:00 PM

We are resilient, after all.

--Annette and Lucy

Student Emergency Funds

The Division of Student Affairs is accepting applications for student emergency funding. You may apply for support via the following link on the Student Affairs website:

Applications will be reviewed and will be turned around as quickly as possible. Funding need considerations include:

  • Food, medical, and basic household needs
  • Housing and rent
  • Transportation
  • Academic needs (books, school supplies, e-learning support, technology)

We are very thankful to have the resources available to offer students assistance during this crisis. We just need the information on the application to be able to initiate the process of review. We will act swiftly and the College of Charleston Foundation, which is holding the funds, is working closely with us to grant support as soon as possible.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Alicia Caudill ( or to Susan Hartman (

Test Information for Current Applicants ONLY

Summer or Fall 2020 applicants are currently still required to provide official test scores from the standardized test accecpted by their program.

ETS has made the GRE and the TOEFL available to take at home. These tests will be administered via live remote proctoring, which results in high-touch, real-time human monitoring of test sessions. As such, seats are limited for each test administration; so, register as soon as you can. If you have any questions about these tests, you can contact ETS at or

The GMAT is currently waiving any fees associated with rescheduling your exam date, and is expected to begin offering the GMAT test online by mid-April. Stay tuned for updates.