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Newly Admitted MEDS Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Bren School's Master of Environmental Data (MEDS) program! Please use this guide while you determine if the Bren School is the best fit for you. We've included detailed instructions on the next steps to take to accept our admission offer and become part of the MEDS Class of 2022.

If you have any questions along the way, the Bren School Admissions Team is here to help:


Please mark your calendar for the following important dates, deadlines, and events!

  • Bren School Admitted Students Day: Friday, April 2, 2021
    This is a great opportunity to connect with Bren students, faculty, and staff, and to get all of your important questions answered! Watch a helpful overview of the MEDS program, and hear how the Bren School's Career Development Team and its alumni network will help you achieve your professional goals. Details will be sent to all admitted students as we get closer to the event. Please make sure we have your updated email address in our records ( 
  • Statement of Intent to Register Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2021
    To officially accept or decline our offer of admission, you must submit the online Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), located within your online application ( If you are ready to make your decision, please submit your SIR as soon as possible-- we are eager to hear from you! If your were offered a financial award, please also send your response to our admissions office at 
  • New Bren MEDS Student Orientation: Thursday, July 29 - Friday, July 30, 2021
    Please save the date for this mandatory orientation. More details to come! 
  • First Day of Instruction: August 2, 2021
    Keep an eye on your inbox for course registration and other important information that will be sent to all incoming students in the spring. 

Next Steps

After you submit your SIR decision, you may begin working on the next steps to finalize your UCSB enrollment, including: 

  • Have your official transcripts sent to the UCSB Graduate Division (if asked to do so in your official university admission letter). 
  • Generate your UCSB NetID and university email (Umail)
  • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
  • Apply for Graduate Student Housing

More information on how to complete these steps can be found on the UCSB Graduate Division's website:


Currently, in-person instruction is prohibited at UC Santa Barbara as a result of restrictions imposed by Santa Barbara County Public Health due to COVID-19. At this time, we cannot confirm the instructional format for courses for the 2021-2022 school year. All Bren degree programs are required to follow guidance from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and UCSB when considering holding in-person classes. Regardless of the format, we are committed to providing accessible, high-quality instruction. Our first priority is the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. Please check back regularly for updates as the COVID-19 situation changes.