Image

Admitted Students

Congratulations and welcome to the MAS Climate Science & Policy program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego! This section contains important next steps so please read it carefully to ensure that you are prepared for your first day of class on Monday July 29, 2024. We look forward to seeing you at Scripps in La Jolla, California on Friday July 26, 2024 for Orientation!

If you have any questions, please contact us at mas-csp@sio.ucsd.edu.


What to Do Immediately

Accept your admission offer and submit your SSN

Please log in to your application portal and indicate your admission decision by completing the "Decision Reply Form" by April 15, 2024.

Your "Decision Reply Form" will also include the submission of your Social Security Number / Taxpayer Identification Number. This is necessary for a number of business processes.

Set up your UCSD password

Please wait at least 72 hours after accepting admission to complete this step. In some cases, it may take up to a week to generate your PID.

It is important that you set up your password for your Personal Identification number (PID) to enable you to access resources such as class registration and financial tools. You will need your PID which can be found on your application portal.

Activate and access your UCSD email

For steps on activating and accessing your UCSD e-mail account, please refer to the IT Services web page.

Sign-up for housing

San Diego is known as America’s Finest City and we are sure you will enjoy living here.  UC San Diego provides diverse and affordable housing options just for graduate students, but the waiting list for on-campus housing can be long.  If you would like to pursue on-campus housing, we recommend you apply for housing as soon as you accept your admission offer so you can get on the waiting list right away.

  • Learn more about UC San Diego on-campus housing opportunities here.
  • Get on the waitlist by submitting a housing application online.
  • For additional housing options in the area, visit the Off-Campus Housing site.
  • Once you have your UCSD email account, you are welcome to join the SIO-Housing ListServ email group (sign-up here) for offers of housing, either rentals or room availability, and housing needed. This list is for the SIO community and posting is restricted to the list membership.

Send us your $500 deposit by April 15, 2024

We ask that you send a $500 deposit by April 15, 2024 to indicate your intention to attend the program this year. This deposit will be applied towards your tuition for the 2024 Summer course. You may pay your deposit online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/ucsdsiomas or by mailing a check, made out to UC Regents, to the following address:

MAS CSP Program
Attention: Hannah Gruen
9500 Gilman Dr, MC 0208
La Jolla, CA, 92093


Before You Arrive on Campus

Submit your pending admissions documents

Log into your application portal and submit all documents listed on your application status page. Further instructions are listed in your portal and may be found here as well.

If you are an international student, you will need to complete and submit a WES Course-by-Course evaluation in order to finalize your admission to UC San Diego. *Do not send your official materials to UC San Diego's Graduate Admissions Office. Your materials must be submitted to WES for further evaluation.

If you have any coursework currently in progress, please wait until all coursework is completed and degrees have been conferred and posted prior to sending your transcript. All coursework must be completed prior to beginning graduate study at UC San Diego.

Course Registration

Please ensure you are registered for the CSP summer session and your summer fees are paid by June 16, 2024.

Enroll Now
  • Visit the UCSD TritonLink: Tool page to log in and then go to WebReg. In addition to registering for classes, TritonLink is where you can view your academic history, grades, financial aid status and billing information.
  • To enroll in your summer session courses (only offered for the 2024-2025 CSP cohort), please log into WebReg, choose “Term: Special Session”, and enroll in the following for a letter grade:
    • SIO 290S - Climate Math & Science (Dr. Mark Merrifield)
    • SIO 291S - Introduction to Climate Policy (Dr. Corey Gabriel)
  • Access TritonPay to manage your student bill and find links to billing and payment resources for UC San Diego students.

UC SHIP Early Start Form

Please complete your UC SHIP Early Start form and send to us by June 26, 2024.

View Form
  • Since the CSP Program begins in Summer, UC SHIP Early Start coverage is offered for Summer on a prorated basis, which we anticipate will cost ~$620.
  • You must indicate whether you will accept or decline the Early Start UC SHIP coverage by filling out and returning the ES Health Insurance Form (will be linked here end of April) to mas-csp@sio.ucsd.edu by June 26th.
  • If you have any questions or clarifications about Early Start or UC SHIP, you may email ship3@health.ucsd.edu for general questions or Jill Battikha (jbattikha@ucsd.edu) for more intricate questions/clarifications.

TB Screening and Immunization Records

Between May 15 and July 26, 2024 upload your TB Screening and Immunization Records to your MyStudentChart account.

MyStudentChart Login
  • Visit the UCSD TritonLink: Tool page to log in and then go to WebReg. In addition to registering for classes, TritonLink is where you can view your academic history, grades, financial aid status and billing information.
  • To enroll in your summer session courses (only offered for the 2024-2025 CSP cohort), please log into WebReg, choose “Term: Special Session”, and enroll in the following for a letter grade:
    • SIO 290S - Climate Math & Science (Dr. Mark Merrifield)
    • SIO 291S - Introduction to Climate Policy (Dr. Corey Gabriel)
  • Access TritonPay to manage your student bill and find links to billing and payment resources for UC San Diego students.
  • Please log into the UC San Diego Photo Tool and upload your headshot by May 15, 2024.
  • So long as your photo is approved and submitted on time, your Student ID card will be issued and distributed to you at Orientation on July 26, 2024.

UC San Diego Photo Tool

Please log in and upload your headshot by May 15, 2024.

Go to Tool
  • We would like to share a professional headshot and 200-250 word biography written in third person with our summer session guest lecturers and include you on the CSP website.
  • Please send a 200-250 word biography to us at mas-csp@sio.ucsd.edu. We suggest including your professional background, why you chose the MAS CSP program, and your climate-related interests.
  • You will have a professional headshot taken at Orientation on July 26, 2024.

Graduate Aid

To apply for student loans, please complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA by May 15, 2024. Graduate students may receive a Direct Unsubsidized loan or a graduate PLUS loan as a FAFSA filer. The FAFSA is available for US citizens and eligible non-citizens (ie, permanent residents).

Please reach out to the MAS CSP financial aid liaison Yvonne Borrego (yborrego@ucsd.edu) at the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office if you have any questions.

  • Eligibility & Enrollment Requirements: Learn what you need to do to maintain eligibility for the loan programs.
  • Cost of Attendance: Use this estimated cost of attendance to help decide how much money you'll need to attend UC San Diego and how much financial aid you may need to meet that goal.
  • Packaging Policy: Learn how the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office calculates how much financial aid you're eligible to receive, and in what order awards are made.
  • How You Receive Your Financial Aid: Link to resources that can help you manage your financial aid award.

Have you secured a scholarship from a non-UC San Diego organization? Learn more about where to send your check for processing.

Continue your scholarships search with these additional scholarship resources.

Military Affiliated Students

Review Military benefits at UC San Diego and please reach out to the Military-Connected Benefits Coordinator, Jay Nelson (vao@ucsd.edu) for assistance.

Depending on the type of benefits you are receiving from the Veterans Administration, UC San Diego may offer financial aid that can work in conjunction with your VA benefits.

Stop by the Registrar's Office for assistance so you receive your benefit claims as soon as possible. The Registrar's Office helps you take full advantage of the programs, services, and benefits available by:

  • Processing your paperwork for VA claims so you'll receive your payments on time
  • Certifying your student enrollment for the VA
  • Preparing the necessary forms for unit or address changes

Federal Benefits

Apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Its website will guide you through the process, and the VA will notify UC San Diego of your eligibility. The Registrar's Office processes your claims and other paperwork required so you receive your payments on time. Review the types of federal aid available here.

Mandatory Enrollment Verification

Once you've applied and been approved to receive your educational benefits from the VA, and you've enrolled in your classes, you must complete the enrollment verification e-form. This form is required by the VA, and must be submitted on a quarterly basis and/or if you make changes to your schedule or withdraw from the term. You'll be asked to read and understand the UC San Diego VA Notification of Requirements (PDF) when you submit your completed e-form.

International Students

All admitted applicants who have earned a degree(s) from an institution(s) outside of the United States are required to complete and submit a WES Course-by-Course ICAP evaluation for each degree earned. Please go to wes.org to create your account. You will be prompted to input your academic history, and will then be provided with a list of documents required for the completion of your evaluation. Applicants with academic work in progress who expect to complete a degree program before the intended date of enrollment at UCSD must provide evidence of degree conferral and a final academic transcript as soon as they are available. Instructions on how to select the Graduate Admissions office correctly as the recipient for your WES evaluation are posted here.

International Students & Engagement Office (ISEO)

ISEO's team of expert staff provides the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising and immigration services to international students at UC San Diego. Advising is provided in person, through virtual Zoom Advising, email, and our online advising guides.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREPARING FOR LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES AND AT UC SAN DIEGO? ATTEND ISEO'S PRE-ARRIVAL WEBINARS, WHICH COVER A VARIETY OF TOPICS IN DEPTH, INCLUDING:

  • The visa application process 
  • On and off-campus housing 
  • UC San Diego health and immunization requirements 
  • Funding as an international student 
  • …and much more! 

Students can register for these webinars by visiting iNewStudentWebinars.ucsd.eduAll webinars include a time of Q&A with ISEO and other campus partners. Webinar recordings are also posted for students to review or in the case they cannot attend live.  

STEP 1: Apply for F-1 or J-1 Status

Requesting your Form I-20/DS-2019 and applying for your F-1 or J-1 visa stamp; or transferring your SEVIS record. Learn more here.

  • International students admitted to the MAS in Climate Science and Policy will be required to upload a copy of their official acceptance letter as part of their iPortal New Admit request for immigration documents. iPortal opens for newly admitted students on Monday, March 18, 2024.
  • International students showing proof of admission to the MAS in Climate Science and Policy, along with successful completion of their iPortal New Admit request, will be issued the Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) with the Program Start Date: 26-Jul-2024.
  • F-1 and J-1 students may enter the US no more than 30 days in advance of the Program Start Date listed on their Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1). (Note this is under the assumption that they have successfully obtained their F-1 or J-1 visa stamp, and successfully clear customs inspection upon arrival to the United States.)
STEP 2: Prepare for Your Arrival to UC San Diego

Travel arrangements, housing, and completing UCSD health and enrollment requirements.  Learn more here.

STEP 3: Arrival to the U.S. and UC San Diego

What to expect at Customs, activating your F-1 or J-1 status upon arrival to UC San Diego, and International Student Orientation. Learn more here.

Image