D. Env in Environmental Science and Engineering


We train the next generation of master environmental problem solvers using the unique, practice-intensive method of IoES. The Environmental Science and Engineering professional doctorate was founded by Nobel laurate Willard Libby in 1973. Since then, more than 255 graduates have gone on to take senior leadership positions at places such as the Patagonia, Surfrider Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, the Walt Disney Company, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and AECOM.

A diverse, practice-based education

Our commitment to hands-on environmental education and research is a major part of our students’ success. It begins with rigorous study of diverse subjects from 12 academic departments, including science, engineering, business management, public policy and law. After that, students conduct supervised research and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. The doctorate culminates in two years of real-world practice—a hallmark of IoES. Students prepare their dissertation while working full time with businesses, government agencies, and environmental groups. This practical research is done under the supervision of a UCLA doctoral committee. Successful completion of this dissertation results in the award of the Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering.

A history of success

Our academically diverse, practical degree prepares graduates to take on today’s most complex environmental problems. They’ve written laws and regulations to improve our air and water. They’ve helped Fortune 500 companies become greener. They’ve designed and built sustainable infrastructure and housing all over the world. And they’ve helped to create our nation’s first statewide network of Marine Protected Areas. While the issues they face transcend borders and boundaries, they are relevant locally to people all over the planet.

“The value of the ESE program is best exemplified by the success of its graduates and the leadership positions many now hold in the U.S. and around the world.” – Steve Kahane, ESE alumni, President and CEO, International Coatings