Admission Requirements

MAS MBC students conduct a transect survey while snorkeling.

Admissio‚Äčn Requirements

Items considered during the admissions review:

  • Compelling Statement of Purpose (Essay limit is 750 words). Applicants should explain their rationale for applying to the MAS program at Scripps as opposed to other programs. Applicants should also explain how the MAS will further their career goals in terms of their field of interest, desired occupation, etc.
  • 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 in the final two years of study expected)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae. Work experience in marine conservation or a related field is preferred but not required.
  • 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 550 for the paper and pencil administered test (PBT), and 80 for the internet based test (iBT).

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.

The academic year tentatively will be late June 2018 and ends mid-June 2019. Exact dates to be announced.

Application Procedures

Mailing Address via US Postal Service:
9500 Gilman Drive, #0202
La Jolla, CA 92093-0202

Mailing Address via Express Mail:‚Äč

8755 Biological Grade, 2nd floor
La Jolla, CA 92037-0202

Tel: (858) 822-2886
Fax: (858) 822-1267