A variety of internal and external resources support students' investment in the MAS CSP Program

Program Cost

The Master of Advanced Studies in Climate Science & Policy (MAS CSP) Program is self-supporting and does not receive state funding. While MAS CSP students are eligible for federal loans and external scholarships, teacher assistant (TA) and graduate assistant (GA) positions are not available during the course of the program. 

The cost of the MAS CSP Program is approximately $41,700, which includes all program instruction, administrative fees, and health insurance. This estimated program cost does not include books, parking, incidentals, housing or transportation costs.


*Health insurance is required as a condition of enrollment. Students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), however, students already covered by an insurance plan may qualify for a health fee waiver. Please see the Student Health Insurance Plan page for more information, including waiver criteria, submission process, and deadlines. 

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Photo: Risa Farrell


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Funding Opportunities

There are many external scholarship opportunities that we highly encourage students to explore and apply to. Funding may be available through a number of outside agencies, organizations and foundations with interests in climate science and policy. Some scholarships have deadlines that may be earlier than the MAS CSP Program application deadline, so please begin your search early. Although not exhaustive, we have compiled a large and frequently updated list of scholarships and fellowships to kickstart your search.

Additional funding options include:

  • Loans: government loans and and commercial bank loans are available
  • Employer Sponsorship
  • Military Benefits (see below)
  • International Students: Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Military & Veteran Support

The MAS CSP Program allows current and former military officers an opportunity to transfer their experience to new fields and obtain a new, integrated set of skills geared towards transitioning to civilian career options. 

Active duty service members and veterans will find a comprehensive support network throughout San Diego. Twelve prominent military installations across the county provide personnel services, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities, medical care, commissary, and exchange benefits. Additional campus resources include:


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