Prospective Students

The Fall 2020 application deadline for the PhD program has now passed. Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) applications for Fall 2020 are due on January 5!
Please visit the admissions pages below for more information.

MESM Admissions
Deadline: January 5, 2020

PhD Admissions
Deadline: December 15, 2019

The Bren School is a graduate school within the Graduate Division of UC Santa Barbara. Applications to the Bren School are completed through the UCSB Online Graduate Application. Please note that you may apply to only one department at UCSB per admissions cycle. The online application opens in September of each year for the Fall quarter start of the following year.

Since opening its doors in 1996, the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management has become recognized as one of the top few graduate programs of environmental study in the nation. We invite you to explore what the Bren School has to offer and discover first-hand:

  • An Overview of the Bren School and its programs.
  • How youth and clarity of vision allow the Bren School to evolve purposefully and respond quickly to a changing world — and what that means for your education.
  • What we mean by "taking collaborative interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to environmental problem-solving" and how that approach will help to prepare you as a professional.
  • How Bren School professors model such work — and how Bren students benefit, whether they pursue a master's or a PhD degree.
  • The Bren community and what makes it unique.
  • The importance of learning from professors who are experts in diverse disciplines but choose to work together under one roof every day.
  • How the Bren School will train you to be a highly proficient communicator, collaborator, and leader, someone who can contribute as a professional right away in work that you love.
  • Admissions requirements for PhD and Master's students.
  • How Bren Master's projects give you a decided professional advantage.