• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

Overview

Students learn to apply basic sciences (physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology) to understand the major processes and systems governing the Earth’s climate, biogeochemical cycles, and global change.

Opportunities

Students will learn to explain the current and projected future state of the Earth system in the context of past climate change and current human activities. Opportunities to participate in research are also available. 

The Earth System Science program at the University of California Irvine (UCI) provides students with a solid scientific understanding of Earth system science, which can lead to careers in science, research, or technical fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Earth System Science
  • Oceanography
  • The Atmosphere
  • Physical Geology
  • Introduction to Global Climate Change
  • Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Other Catastrophes
  • Introduction to Modeling the Earth System
  • On Thin Ice: Climate Change and the Cryosphere

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • History: 2 years required
  • English: 4 years required
  • Mathematics: 3 years required; 4 years recommended
  • Laboratory Science: 2 years required; 3 years recommended
  • Language Other Than English: 2 years required; 3 years recommended
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year required
  • College Preparatory Elective: 1 year required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44789 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44789 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15797 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15797 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Irvine

  • 1560 - 2590 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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