The Environmental Science and Engineering Program is a professional degree program that builds on a solid foundation in the sciences and mathematics.
Students entering the ESE Program must have a Master's Degree demonstrating their specialized competence in a scientific or engineering discipline. Recent students have had backgrounds in disciplines such as zoology, environmental engineering, molecular biology, environmental and occupational health, environmental health sciences, medicine, international health, and soil, water and environmental science. 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 GRE scores (and TOEFL scores when applicable), must reflect exceptional verbal and quantitative skills, and strong motivation 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.
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.
Most students who are enrolled in the Program on a full-time basis receive financial aid of some kind. Additional aid is also available on a competitive basis through a range of campus programs.
First year students may receive fellowships (based on exceptional need or achievement) or a stipend toward educational and living expenses. Second year students receive research assistantships in conjunction with research performed in the Problems Courses.
Limited support is available for students who are not California residents. Since this support is very limited, we encourage foreign students to apply for financial aid and extramural support. Internships are usually well-paid positions, competitive with the current job market for entering environmental professionals. A very high percentage of internships involve permanent positions for the ESE intern.
Students may elect to take a 50% course load their first two years while employed on or off-campus. Full-time status is required for students who receive financial aid from the ESE Program, and during the Problems Course year.
Published: Wednesday, June 27, 2012