Learn about students at the Bren School

This interactive data explorer was built to visualize admissions and career outcome data of current students and recent graduates. It includes demographics of all Bren students and career outcomes for master's students (MEDS & MESM).

We developed this explorer with the intention of supporting:

  • Prospective students in their decision-making as they explore different Bren School degree programs ( MEDS hex in blue-green MESM hex in dark-blue PhD hex in light-green )
  • Bren staff across all units to offer relevant information for strategic planning and reporting requirements
  • All Bren communities and stakeholders from past, present, and future by creating data transparency and data integrity through an accessible application

About the data

The visualizations and statistics presented on the Student Demographics and Career Outcomes tabs (to the left) are generated using data from the following sources:

  • Bren admissions data from UCSB Graduate Division (2017-2022)
  • Bren Career Team (2019-2021)

This Shiny application was developed using the RStudio IDE, by MEDS 2022 Alum Halina Do-Linh, and will be updated annually. The source code can be found on GitHub . If you see mistakes or want to suggest changes, please submit an issue on the source repository.

Last Updated: September 2022 | Questions? Email: admissions@bren.ucsb.edu | Source Code

Learn more about students at Bren!

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management has three graduate programs:

MEDS hex in blue-green Master of Environmental Data Science (MEDS)

MESM hex in dark-blue Master of Environmental Science & Management (MESM)

PhD hex in light-green PhD in Environmental Science and Management

All MESM and PhD visuals use 2017-2022 data. MEDS visuals contain information beginning with the first cohort in 2021.

Where are students coming from?

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In the last 5 years, students have come from 200+ U.S. universities across 41 states, and 59 international universities from 29 countries. See International tab to view table of international universities.

Race and Background Reporting Defintions

There are two definitions used when reporting on race and ethnicity: URM and IPEDS.

  1. URM (Underrepresented Minority) is defined as a U.S. citizen who identifies as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian. If a person identifies as multiple races and one of the groups they selected is a URM, they will get reported with that URM status.

  2. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) first designates ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino. Second, a person will indicate one or more of the following racial categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White. Definitions for these categories can be found on the IPEDS website.

For ALL Race / Category plots: Students are counted in every race/ethnicity group in which they have self-identified; therefore, the race/ethnicity percentages may exceed 100%.

Race / Category

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*URM or Underrepresented Minority is defined as a U.S. citizen who identifies as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian, which is consistent with the UC definition of URM.

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Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) defines race by first designating ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino. Then, an individual can apply one or more of the following categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White.

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IPEDS Backgrounds and Distribution of Selected Race / Category

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Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) defines race by first designating ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino. Then, an individual can apply one or more of the following categories: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, White.

Explore MESM Alumni Career Outcomes


Master of Environmental Science and Management (MESM) alumni are employable in a wide variety of sectors, organizations, and locations. Learn more about their initial job placements below. Find more information about Bren Career Services here.


All data on this dashboard pulls from MESM 2019-2021 initial placement data. Data for 2022 will be added in January/February of 2023. All visuals, charts, and statistics combine MESM 2019-2021 data except for visuals that specify select years. All data represents alumni employment six months after graduation rather than current employment.

Initial Employers and Sectors (Over 3 Years)

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Data for MEDS 2022 will be added in January/February of 2023. If you have any immediate questions please reach out to admissions@bren.ucsb.edu.