Transcripts (official copies submitted to the CSU, unofficial copies to MLML)
Prospective students should order transcripts 6-8 weeks before the document deadline and send them to the appropriate office at each CSU campus through which he or she applied. MLML requires only that an electronic copy of unofficial transcripts be sent to the Graduate Coordinator.
Letters of Recommendation (submitted to MLML only)
Prospective students should request letters of recommendations from those familiar with their academic and/or professional work. The MLML faculty recommend that two of the three letters come from professors, with the additional letter either from an academic or non-academic source (e.g., a volunteer organization or business). Prospective students should provide their recommenders background information on MLML so the letter can be tailored specifically toward our program. Letters of recommendation become the property of MLML and are not available to applicants during the admission process or at any point during or after a student's tenure at MLML.
CV/Resume (submitted to MLML only)
A prospective student's CV/resume should include: (1) academic background (GPA, list of classes, degrees earned), (2) research experience, (3) relevant job experience, club or organization membership, and volunteer experience.
Statement of Purpose (submitted to MLML only)
The Statement of Purpose should detail: (1) why the student wants to study marine science (2) the student's background in marine science (3) the reason the student wants to attend MLML and work in a specific field, and (4) what goals the student ultimately intends to pursue in the field of marine science. Although some CSU Mentor applications have a place for a Statement of Purpose, MLML applicants are not required to submit a Statement of Purpose in their Mentor application and only need to submit it to MLML via email. In addition, while the CSU Mentor Statement of Purpose includes a word limit, MLML's Statement of Purpose has no word limit.
GRE Scores (official copies submitted to the CSU, unofficial copies to MLML)
MLML does not require prospective students to take the GRE. However, a good score on either the GRE general test or a relevant GRE subject test can greatly improve an applicant's chances for admission. As such, MLML strongly recommends that students take the GRE prior to applying. Unofficial GRE scores should be submitted to MLML in two forms: 1) a PDF of the Examinee Score Report that can be downloaded from the ETS website (see example here), or 2) a scan of the hard copy Examinee Score Report mailed to you by ETS (see example here). Certain CSU campuses require the GRE. If the student applies through a campus that requires the GRE he or she must submit official copies of GRE scores to the CSU and unofficial, scanned copies to MLML.
TOEFL Scores (official copies submitted to the CSU, unofficial copies to MLML)
Prospective students from countries where English is not the primary language must take this exam. The students should check with the CSU campus through which he or she is applying for more information.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the MLML Graduate Coordinator.