Our Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach in evaluating each application.

Admissions Requirements 

The Climate Science & Policy Admissions Committee reviews all applications holistically and considers the following required items:

  • Statement of Purpose

    In ~750 words, applicants should describe their interest in this field, demonstrated commitment to climate solutions, and rationale for applying to the program. Applicants should also explain how the program will further their career goals. Additional Details

  • Bachelor's Degree

    All applicants must hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Resume/CV

  • Letters of Recommendation

    Applicants will submit three (3) letters of recommendation. Recommenders may reflect applicants' varied experience and can include employers, supervisors, former professors, etc Read more

  • College Transcripts

    Upload unofficial copies. Official copies will be requested upon admission. Additional Details

  • English Proficiency

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), for international applicants only. Minimum score is 85 (iBT) or 550 (PBT), or 7 IELTS. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants that do not have in-person testing options may submit the home edition scores as an alternative. Read more

  • Note: The GRE is not required
  • Note: The application asks for preliminary Capstone ideas.
    Applications do not need to include an endorsement of a Capstone
    advisor and reaching out to faculty is not expected.
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Application Process

To begin the application, all students must create a UC San Diego account. Under "Program Selector" portion of the application, please indicate:
Degree Type: Master of Advanced Studies
Program Interest: Climate Science and Policy
Term: Summer 2021

The application for the 2021-2022 cohort has closed.
The application for the 2022-2023 cohort will open in Fall 2021. 

The application includes an application fee of $120 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and $140 for international applicants that can be paid with a major credit card. Applicants may qualify for a fee waiver upon verification of need-based federal aid, financial hardship, U.S. Military Service, or graduate prep program participation. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at: 


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Application Timeline

Students apply in the Fall for a program start date the following July.

Application Opens - September 9, 2020
Early Consideration Deadline - January 20, 2021
Regular Application Deadline - March 17, 2021
Decisions Released - February-April 2021
Program Dates - July 2021-June 2022