The MAS Climate Science and Policy (CSP) program is geared towards professionals with scientific knowledge in government, industry, military and academia that aspire to be leaders for tomorrow. Crossing a wide variety of fields, CSP welcomes applicants with diverse professional backgrounds including, but not limited to:
  • Managers in Cleantech and related industries from all regions of the world
  • Practicing ocean, climate and other natural scientists
  • Educators
  • Science policy analysts and advocates
  • Communications specialists
  • Financial experts
  • Insurance officers
  • Environmental engineers and military officers 
  • Experts in the energy sector
  • Managers of utility services
  • Environmental law practitioners 
  • Journalists

Admissio​n Requirements

Items considered during the admissions review:

  • Compelling Statement of Purpose (Essay limit is 1500 words) - Applicants should describe individual strengths and interests, as well as their rationale for applying to the MAS program at Scripps as opposed to other programs. Applicants should also explain how the program will further their career goals in terms of their field of interest, desired occupation, and future plans.
  • Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or the equivalent, with training comparable in standard and content to that provided by the University of California. Applicants must upload either official or unofficial transcripts as .pdf documents to their online application. (Note: Should an applicant be accepted into the program, official transcripts must be received at the address that follows in order for admission to the program to be completed by the Office of Graduate Studies). 
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate/post-baccalaureate record (a minimum GPA of 3.0 expected)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae. Work experience in climate science, environmental policy, or a related field is recommended.
  • Strength of the letters of recommendation (3) Letters must be uploaded to the on-line graduate application by the recommender.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (for international applicants):The university-wide minimum TOEFL score required for consideration for graduate admission is either 550 for the paper and pencil administered test (PBT), and 85 for the internet based test (iBT). 
  • Completion of online application for graduate admission
NOTE: GRE/GMAT results are not required for the MAS degree. If you have GRE/GMAT results that are very good and will strengthen your application then you may submit them.


Application Procedures & Timeline

Students must submit an online Application for Admission to UC San Diego, and select the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Climate Science and Policy program. The application includes an application fee of $105 for U.S. citizens & permanent residents and $125 for international applicants that can be paid with a major credit card. 
For detailed application instructions and to apply online, prospective students should review the information on the Graduate Division website.​

Click here to start your application! 

Note: When applying, under "Departments and Programs", select: 
Department: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 
Major: Climate Science and Policy,
Degree: MAS, and
Term: Summer 2019

Summer 2019 Application Opens - September, 4, 2018
Early Consideration Deadline - January 8, 2019
Decisions Released - Mid-February-March
Program Dates - July 2019-June 2020

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