Frequently Asked Questions

What is the D.Env. degree?

D.Env. stands for “Doctor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering;” a professional degree.

Do I qualify? What are the basic requirements for admission?

The first requirement is a Master’s degree. Other requirements are: one year each of introductory biology (with laboratory), general chemistry (with laboratory, including analytical methods), calculus, introductory physics (with laboratory); one course each of elementary statistics, organic chemistry (no laboratory required)

What are the GRE requirements?

We only require scores from the general GRE. No subject test is necessary. We accept valid GRE scores received in the last 5 years.

How do I send in my GRE scores?

The best and fastest way to get your GRE scores to us is to submit them electronically using UCLA code 4837. You do not have to input a department code. If you are required to input a department code, you can use code 0502. However, simply inputting the UCLA code will allow us to see your scores.

Can I waive the TOEFL requirement if I am an international student?

You can waive TOEFL requirements only if you have completed at least two years of full-time study from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the primary spoken language of daily life (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) and the medium of instruction. Please visit this site for more info.

What part does research play in the program?

Research is central to the Program. Students begin their research with a one-year “Problems Course,” the focus of the final year on campus. Problems courses are conducted in close collaboration with an ESE faculty member, on a topic developed by the faculty, and culminate in a written report and/or a peer reviewed publication. Then, during their residency period, students conduct research leading to a doctoral dissertation on a topic of their choosing, while also meeting the needs of their host institution.

What is the residency, and how does it lead to a dissertation?

After completing the coursework and advancing to candidacy, students locate a professional position with a host institution, where their dissertation research is part of their professional duties. Typical host institutions are government agencies, the national laboratories, non-profits or private firms. A suitable host institution will have major environmental responsibilities and an orientation toward addressing basic problems of environmental science and policy. Students continue to work closely with the Program faculty, through their doctoral committee to ensure their dissertation meets high academic standards; and also work closely with their host institution to select and develop a topic that solves an important problem of interest to the institution.

What are the job prospects for graduates?

Excellent. ESE residents and graduates hold prominent positions in both the government and private sectors. In recent years the great majority of our second year students have received multiple offers for residency positions.

How long does it take to graduate?

The on-campus part of the program usually takes two years. The residency and writing of the dissertation can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months.