Help us find the next leaders in coastal science and sustainability!
The Coastal Science and Policy Program at the University of California Santa Cruz is a unique interdisciplinary program educating graduate students to pursue coastal sustainability solutions from land to sea.
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 MS degree to prepare them for jobs where they continue pursuing innovative change; or a PhD Designated Emphasis. Graduates of this program apply interdisciplinary understanding from natural and social sciences to inform actionable solutions to complex problems facing coastal communities and ecosystems and create measurable and scalable change.
We encourage both U.S. and international students to apply, as well as students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Deadline is December 10th. In addition, based on financial need and program resources, the program offers a limited number of fellowships for tuition and living expenses or a combination thereof.
This year we are also offering the 2021 Repass-Rodgers Fellowship on Central Valley Salmon Restoration Policies. 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.
The program emphasizes collaborations with practitioners, in real-world settings, working to solve some of today’s most wicked social-environmental problems. For the two-year masters, the first year entails interdisciplinary courses, workshops/seminars, and a guided, strategic process for each student to co-develop their second year capstone project with a partner organization. In the second year, the MS student works full time with the partner organization to conduct the capstone project. At the end of the second year, students present their capstone deliverables in writing and via an oral public presentation to complete the degree.