Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health

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Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health Online Degree Program

The online Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health (MESH) program is an innovative, transdisciplinary graduate degree program offered by the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

The MESH program offers a transdisciplinary approach to community work, social justice, sustainability, global health and international development through the blending and application of knowledge from a diversity of schools and disciplines. While the program is offered through USD’s school of engineering, it is designed to engage not just engineering professionals, but also students from many diverse fields.

Who is the MESH degree for?

We’re seeking change-makers, innovators and disruptors from across all disciplines and backgrounds. The MESH program is designed for any graduate or working professional who is passionate about addressing the challenges that face our natural and built environments. You might have a background and relevant professional experience in areas including, but not limited to:

  • STEM
  • One-health
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Planning and Sustainability Studies
  • Urban planning
  • Sociology
  • Peace and Justice Studies
  • Political Science
  • Engineering
  • Public, International, and Global Health
  • Nursing
  • Community and Global Development Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture and Urban Design and Planning

Your application

The University of San Diego’s online MESH degree program welcomes all students who are driven to facilitate a more sustainable and healthy future. Please review the standard admissions expectations below as you prepare your application:

* Students who wish to transfer credit from other institutions please connect with your enrollment advisor.

**If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please connect with your enrollment advisor.

Admissions Requirements

Essay stating fit with the program:

Letters of recommendation:

Special Note: please anticipate that some colleges and universities can take 2 – 3 weeks to prepare and send official transcripts. Your application package is not complete until all official transcripts are received.

Please contact your advisor at (888) 832-0239 or use the chat feature on this page if you are interested but do not meet all published admissions requirements. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your experience and background, and we understand that a low undergraduate GPA or lack of professional experience is not necessarily indicative of your potential success in our program. 

Please note we are unable to accommodate international students who require the F1 student visa. Contact an enrollment advisor if you are interested, but do not meet all published admissions requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

are you an international applicant?

International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission, including: 

Financial Aid

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts required).

We recommend that applicants who intend to apply for financial aid do so in conjunction with their application for admission. 

Financial aid is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The first step in applying for aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Federal School Code for USD is 010395.


Our borders are open to international students of all regions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the degree have to be completed within 20 months?

The program is designed to be completed in 20 months. The curriculum schedule functions on a rotational system, meaning that if a student skips a course they will have to wait for the rotation to complete before jumping back in. We encourage individuals who are interested in the program to speak with an enrollment advisor, or to work with their program coordinator, who is available to help every step of the way.

How many units is my program?

The online MS-ESH program is a total of 30 units.

Students will enroll in two prescribed courses each semester for a total of six (6) semester units. During your final term, students will enroll in a single 6-unit capstone course only.

How much is my tuition?

Tuition for the MS-ESH program is $925 per unit.

With a total of 30 units, the full cost of tuition for the program is $27,750.

Tuition amounts shown on this website, or in other university publications or web pages, represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, the University of San Diego reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at USD at that time as well as to incoming students. In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time to correct errors. Please note that the displayed tuition covers only the cost of courses, and additional expenses such as books and other fees are not included.

Are the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree programs considered full-time or part-time?

All of the University of San Diego’s online graduate degrees provide 6 units per term, making them part-time, or 3/4 time, programs.