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Incoming MESM Student Guide

Welcome, Bren School MESM Class of 2024! 

Use this page to reference important information, dates, deadlines, and resources to help you as you prepare for the first day of orientation on September 19, 2022. Orientation is required so please plan accordingly.

If you still have unanswered questions after you've reviewed this page, please contact the Student Affairs & Admissions team at

Summer Timeline

May 2022

  • Join us on Tuesday, May 10 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Pacific Time for a zoom webinar session with Bren admissions staff. The zoom link is in the email that you received on May 1. If you can't make it, don't worry! The most important information is in the email and on these incoming student pages. We'll also send you the webinar recording. :)
  • Submit your student housing application by May 16 if you want to live on campus. Explore more housing options under campus resources
  • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). Failure to do so may result in additional out-of-state fees and issues with financial aid. You will need your UCSB Net ID and password to log-in. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 805-893-3033.  
  • Send in your official documents. Please send your official transcripts to the UCSB Graduate Division if you were asked to do so in your official admission letter. See the Graduate Division’s Admitted Applicants page for detailed information about where to send them and special instructions for international students (UCSB graduates are not required to submit official final UCSB transcripts).
  • Join the MESM Class of 2024 Facebook group.
  • International students, please visit the UCSB Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)'s Newly Admitted Students page to start your visa process and make sure you're on track to matriculate this fall. Also, click here for COVID-19 FAQs for international students.
  • Review the vaccine requirements. All incoming UCSB students are required to receive the vaccinations and tuberculosis screening noted in the immunization requirements outlined on the UCSB Student Health website.
  • If you’re interested in working as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or course Reader next year, start exploring UCSB undergraduate departments and inquire about their application process. Most departments hire their TAs for the next academic year in the preceding Spring quarter. Although we don’t encourage taking on a TA position during your first quarter, we know many students rely on this financial assistance. See more information under Financial and Residency Resources.

June 2022

July 2022

August 2022

September 2022


The most up-to-date campus requirements can be found here:

Currently, all students who live in campus-owned housing, work, attend classes or conduct research on campus, or want to access campus facilities must complete the COVID-19 symptom screening every day. As of April 4, masking will no longer be required in classrooms, although it will remain strongly recommended.

The UC Office of the President has established a systemwide vaccine policy, which requires all UC employees and students to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, including a booster shot if eligible, or receive an approved exemption before they will be allowed in any UC facility or office or to participate in any University programs. More information can be found in the Chancellor’s UC Systemwide Vaccine Policy Update and at UCnet. In addition, the UC Office of the President has developed FAQs for employees and for students.

What should you be doing now? 

MESM curriculum overview, core courses, elective coursework, how and when to register 

Important information on mandatory Bren School orientation events, including a writing workshop, TA orientation, Graduate Division orientation, activities for international students, and more.

Cost of attendance, paying your bill, BARC, FAFSA, establishing residency, and employment opportunities.

Graduate Student Housing, UCSB student ID cards, computing, university email, health insurance, transportation, campus resources, and more.

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