Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a BA or BS degree in either natural, physical, or  social sciences from an accredited university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Applicant with GPAs between 2.5 and 2.9 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units, may be granted conditional admission.  Condionally admitted students must achieve an overall grade point average of a B (3.0) for two qualifying undergraduate courses (approved in advance by the program coordinator), which should be completed by the end of the second semester of graduate study. In addition, all students are required to have completed one lower division course in statistics or calculus and four lower-division courses in fields closely related to Environmental Science (e.g., geography, geology, chemistry, oceanography, etc) with grades of ‘C’ or better in their undergraduate program.

 

Applicants are required to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement should be met within the first semester of graduate work by successfully completing one of the following:

  • A score of eight (8) on the Graduation Writing Exam (GWE). Students who fail to score an "8" have the option of taking the exam a second time.
  • A grade of "B" or better, or its equivalent, in one of the university certified writing courses. A list of approved courses is available in the University Advisement Center.
  • An upper-division or graduate level course that is certified as meeting the writing requirement by the Coordinator of the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement, (310) 243-2191.
  • For international applicants, a TOEFL score of at least 560 (paper based); 80 (internet-based); 213 (computer-based) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5; or a score of 53 on Pearson Test of English (PTE) is required. The test scores should be sent along with your other application materials