Coastal Science and Policy: Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort open October 1, 2020.

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CSP Virtual Open Houses

Applications for the 2021 Cohort open on October 1. If you are planning to apply, please join us for one of our Virtual Open Houses. During the session, hear from current students and program leadership.  We’ll be taking questions from the audience and discussing topics such as: unique solutions focus of the program, practical experience gained as a CSP student, coursework, funding, application process, and student experience.

  • Tuesday, 1 December from 10-11 AM Pacific

To register for the final session, please fill out the following form.

Who Should Apply

The Graduate Program in Coastal Science and Policy is a unique interdisciplinary program educating students to pursue coastal sustainability solutions from land to sea. The program emphasizes collaborations with practitioners, in real-world settings, working to solve some of today’s most wicked social-environmental problems. The program prepares rising leaders to identify, innovate and advance scalable and socially just solutions to coastal sustainability challenges. Students can pursue a two-year Master of Science in Coastal Science and Policy or a PhD Designated Emphasis Program. Students come from diverse backgrounds and have interests that range across the coastal zone (from land to the sea).

Most students will have completed a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university and some post-graduation work in a field relevant to coastal sustainability. Relevant fields are diverse and include biology, conservation science, earth sciences, chemistry, oceanography, environmental studies, social sciences, economics, human ecology, political science, sociology, engineering, and interdisciplinary programs.

Specific additional requirements prior to admission include at least one course in statistics, as well as coursework in at least two of the following three areas: biological sciences, physical sciences, and the social sciences (including policy and economics). Students are not expected to have identified a faculty advisor prior to joining the program if admitted. Students from underrepresented and diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

In order to ensure intensive interactions among students, faculty, practitioners and other CSP affiliates, cohorts will remain small (~10 students per cohort). Based on financial need and program resources, CSP offers a limited number of fellowships for incoming Masters of Science students (packages may cover a portion or a combination of tuition, fees, or living stipend).

If you have questions regarding the application process for the Masters of Science Program or are interested in the PhD Designated Emphasis Program, please contact us at csp@ucsc.edu. 

Note, prospective students interested in participating in the PhD Designated Emphasis Program must apply to a PhD degree granting program at UC Santa Cruz and will not apply directly to the Coastal Science and Policy Program.

Want to hear students’ perspectives? click here

Application Window

Applications for Fall 2021 open Thursday, October 1, 2020 and are due Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

How To Apply for the Master of Science

Beginning an Application

Application Elements

Additional CSP Application Instructions

Fee Waiver Application Instructions

Letters of Reference Instructions

2021 Repass-Rodgers Fellowship on Central Valley Salmon Restoration Policies

The CSP graduate program seeks applications for the Repass-Rodgers Fellowship on policy to restore salmon populations in the California Central Valley and Sacramento Delta. Our ideal Repass-Rodgers Fellow shows leadership promise, passion about restoring native salmon populations, commitment to science informing policy, strong capacity to collaborate with diverse partners and is an effective communicator (including with social media). The 2021 Repass-Rodgers Fellow will work with the Golden State Salmon Association (GSSA) to lead a capstone project that links effective policy, strategic communications, and salmon restoration. This highly competitive fellowship covers two academic years of in-state tuition, student fees (including health insurance), and living stipend (including academic year and modest summer support). Read more here.

How to Apply: Please indicate your interest in pursuing the Repass-Rodgers Fellowship by highlighting your aligned interests and experience in your Statement of Purpose.

Questions: Contact the CSP Program at csp@ucsc.edu with subject line, “Repass-Rodgers Fellowship.”