Admissions

Plum Island Field Trip, 2016. Credit: K. Foreman

Plum Island Field Trip, 2016. Credit: K. Foreman

SES Course Dates

The Semester in Environmental Science is a 15-week semester course run annually in the fall. For 2018, the course will run from Sunday September 2nd to Tuesday December 18th, 2018.

How to Apply

SES accepts students from any college or university in different ways depending on their affiliation. The total estimated cost for 2018 is $31,373 including tuition ($22,973), room and board ($7,500), and book and lab fees ($900).

1) Students attending affiliated institutions receive credit directly through their institution. More than fifty colleges and universities have approved the SES for credit. View participating colleges

2) University of Chicago undergraduate students may attend SES directly through their course offerings. These courses are Ecology (BIOS 27710), Biogeochemical Analysis in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems (BIOS 27711), Independent Undergraduate Research in Environmental Sciences (BIOS 27712) and one elective either Quantitative Environmental Analyses (BIOS 27713) or Methods in Microbial Ecology (BIOS 27714). More information can be found on the UChicago SES site.

3) Students from non-affiliated colleges and universities are welcome to participate in the SES. In most cases, credit approval may be available from their own college and can be worked out between the student and the academic office.

Application and Deadline

SES 2018 application deadline is March 20th, 2018. We encourage all interested students to contact us directly with any admission questions or to find out if our SES Recruiter will be at your school in the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 by writing to Luke O’Brien at lobrien@mbl.edu

2018 Complete Application Package (PDF): Includes application, financial aid and recommendation form

2018 Complete Application Package (Word Document): Includes application, financial aid and recommendation form

If you have difficulty accessing the application package, or would prefer to have a copy mailed to you, contact the SES Admissions Office by phone 508-289-7777, fax 508-457-1548 or email SES@mbl.edu.

The complete package should include:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An official sealed transcript
  • Completed application and information forms

Completed applications can be scanned and emailed to ses@mbl.edu or mailed to the address below. References can be emailed directly to SES by the referee, sent by mail, or included in the student’s application package. Official transcripts may be mailed or sent electronically from your college or university to ses@mbl.edu.  Mail application materials to:

Semester in Environmental Science
Marine Biological Laboratory

7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA
02543-1015