D. Env in Environmental Science and Engineering

How to Apply

Environmental Science and Engineering D. Env Admission

All applicants are required to have completed a master’s degree in some field of the sciences or engineering. Generalist master’s degrees in areas such as environmental sciences or public health or medical degrees may be accepted for admission if the applicant presents a record with appropriate courses in the sciences and engineering and other special qualifications such as research experience.

Applicants for the D.Env. degree must have an excellent scholastic record and must be acceptable to the admissions committee. Students must meet general requirements for admission to UCLA and have a 3.0 GPA on junior-senior work and a 3.5 GPA on graduate work leading to a Masters Degree. The overall academic record, including Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination scores (for students whose native language is not English), must reflect exceptional verbal and quantitative skills and drive toward academic achievement.

All applicants must provide a narrative statement indicating how their professional goals can be met through the ESE Program and submit three letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members. The program is also interested in special qualities, awards, and achievements not reflected in the student’s academic record.

Please submit all hard copy materials (Including official transcripts) to: 

The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300, Box 951496
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

Attention: Harrison Levy

Before being accepted unconditionally into the program, all students must have taken the following courses:

  1. Biology — one year of introductory biology with laboratory;
  2. Chemistry — one year of general chemistry with laboratory, including analytical methods, and one quarter of organic chemistry, no laboratory required;
  3. Mathematics — one year of calculus plus one course in elementary statistics;
  4. Physics — one year of introductory physics with laboratory.

Any of these courses may be taken after an admitted student has arrived at UCLA. One or more of these prerequisite requirements may be waived based on consideration of the applicant’s total record of science and engineering courses taken.

Admission to the Program has always been highly competitive. About 4-6 students are accepted each year. At any given time, there are about 10 students in residence at UCLA and about 20 conducting their dissertation internships at appropriate host institutions.

The deadline for submitting an application for admission is December 31.

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