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Newly Admitted MESM Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Bren School's Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) 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 MESM Class of 2023.

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 (and April 5-9)
    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 MESM program, and hear how the Bren School's Career Development Team and its alumni network will help you achieve your professional goals. Please make sure we have your updated email address in our records ( 
    • Please check your inbox for the full event agenda with Zoom links! All times are in Pacific Standard Time (PST):
      • Friday, April 2: Bren School Virtual Admitted Students Day
        • 9:00-10:00 am: MESM Academic Experience with Satie Airame, Rebecca Webb, and Kimberly Yom
        • 10:00-11:00 am: Career Development: Superior Preparation with Dave Parker and Kristi Birney
        • 1:00-2:00 pm: Student Chat Session with Jenna Wisniewski and Alison Sells, 1st-year MESMs
        • 2:30-3:00 pm: Staff Chat Session with Rebecca Webb and Kimberly Yom, Admissions and Student Affairs Team
        • 3:30-4:00 pm: Staff Chat Session with Dave Parker and Miya Scheble, Career Development Team
        • 4:00-4:30 pm: Faculty Chat Session with Jim Salzman
        • 4:30-5:00 pm: Admitted Student Chat Session - Free time to connect with other Bren School MESM admits
      • Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9: Additional Chat Sessions with Bren School staff, faculty, and students. Please see the full agenda in your inbox for chat session dates, times, and zoom links.
  • 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 you were offered a financial award, please also send your response to our admissions office at 
  • New Bren MESM Student Orientation: Monday, September 13 - Wednesday, September 22, 2021
    Please save the date for this mandatory orientation. More details to come! 
  • First Day of Instruction: Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Keep an eye on your inbox for course registration and other important information that will be sent to all incoming students over the summer. 

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.


We received an update from the Graduate Division regarding deferrals for the 2021-22 academic year:

Deferral requests will be considered only in the following circumstances. Situations falling outside of these categories typically will not be approved.

  1. The applicant has experienced medical or family issues that will preclude them from beginning the program as expected (may or may not be related to COVID-19).
  2. The applicant experienced a delay in obtaining a visa and will be unable to enter the country by the start date of the quarter of admission (may or may not be related to COVID-19).
  3. The applicant has been granted a compelling educational opportunity that benefits the student’s academic program of study (e.g., a unique research opportunity).
  4. Other unexpected and/or compelling rationale (e.g., military reservist called to duty).

Please note that deferrals are granted very rarely and only in extreme situations. Circumstances such as a new job opportunity are not covered by the University's deferral policy. Only the department may submit a deferral request and, if approved by the Graduate Division, the student must accept the deferral in eApp. 

To request a deferral, please complete the Bren School 2021-22 Deferral Request form here by Thursday, April 15, 2021. We will review each request and move them forward to the Graduate Division if deemed appropriate.

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