UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is a professional graduate school offering a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum in environmental problem solving. The Bren School offers the Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM), a professional degree, and the research-oriented Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management. The school’s mission is to play a leading role in researching environmental issues, training research scientists and environmental management professionals, and identifying and solving environmental problems.
In the past, researchers in diverse disciplines tended to investigate environmental issues independently, in isolation from each other. But environmental problems are by their nature multidisciplinary, and to understand and solve them, scientists and other environmental professionals must often integrate disparate disciplines by collaborating across and between them. To that end, the diverse Bren School faculty comprises natural and social scientists, as well as experts in business, law, and policy, all of whom play important roles in researching and solving environmental problems.
Whether they are working toward a MESM or Ph.D. degree, Bren students are trained in multiple disciplines while developing technical and analytical skills and knowledge essential to real-world application.