Admissions and Requirements

Master of Science in Engineering for Sustainability and Health

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

The online Master of Science in Engineering For 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
  • Medicine
  • 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:

  • Application form
  • $50 application fee (connect with an advisor to have your application fee waived)
  • Essay stating fit with the program (see below)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended*
  • Letters of Recommendation (see below)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • International students must submit additional elements including but not limited to:**
    • TOEFL score

* 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

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts required).
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    • Candidates with GPA under 2.75 can apply, but will be asked to provide relevant explanations in an essay.
    • Candidates with GPA under 2.75 are recommended to complete a standardized test such as GRE or GMAT.
    • International students will require a TOEFL score of 83 or above.

Essay stating fit with the program:

  • A personal statement outlining your overall qualifications in addition to your relevant background education/work experiences. Candidates should include responses to some of the following questions:
    • Please explain why you are interested in the MESH program.
    • Briefly describe your past and current career/work and how it is related to either sustainability, the built-environment, engineering, health, and/or peace and justice.
    • Which global challenges do you think are the most pressing and are of most concern to you and why?
    • How do you think the MESH program can address these global challenges?
    • How will the MESH program build on your past experience and knowledge?
    • How will the MESH program support your current and future career goals?
    • What do you hope to gain from this program?
    • Please briefly explain what you believe needs to change to better address global health and sustainability needs.
    • If you have any background in engineering, please explain how you think engineering systems need to change to better address health and sustainability.
  • Please keep your essay between 500 to 700 words.

Letters of recommendations:

  • For students with more than five years of industry experience – one recommendation letter from a supervisor/manager and one external reference. 
  • For students with five years or less of industry experience – two letters of recommendation from external references.

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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.

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

You can find additional information and guidance on preparing your application by visiting our “Starting Your Application” page. 

If you have questions regarding any aspect of the application process, please contact an Enrollment Advisor for assistance.

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Completed Application Deadline
April 11, 2022
Registration Deadline
April 22, 2022
First Course Start Date
May 10, 2022
First Course End Date
June 27, 2022
Second Course Start Date
June 28, 2022
Second Course End Date
August 15, 2022
Completed Application Deadline
August 1, 2022
First Course Start Date
September 9, 2022
First Course End Date
October 24, 2022
Second Course Start Date
October 25, 2022
Second Course End Date
December 12, 2022

Financial Aid

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.

Learn More About Financial Aid at USD