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Quote from MSRS AlumAdmission to the Masters of Science in Regenerative Studies (MSRS) requires the applicant to have received a baccalaureate degree with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (B) or better. Applicants whose GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.0 will be considered for admission on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications is demonstrated.

Applications are accepted and reviewed once a year for admission beginning in the Fall term. After meeting prerequisites, students may begin Regenerative Studies graduate coursework only in the fall quarter with the intensive core curriculum. Admission decisions and entry point competency will be determined by the Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants may also be required to meet specific prerequisite course requirements for discipline focus coursework.

Application procedures include a two-part process. Some materials are submitted to the University Admissions Office, while others are submitted directly to the Lyle Center.


Applicants who meet entry point competency will have completed the undergraduate minor in Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona with a grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better; or will have had equivalent upper division coursework or experience in environmental studies or a combination of related work in the physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, environmental design, and/or humanities. Students without adequate prior preparation may be required to take RS 501, and/or complete additional prerequisite coursework to be determined in consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants who lack the necessary prerequisites to enroll in discipline focus courses may enroll in Regenerative Studies courses, but will be required to meet prerequisites before taking courses in their focus discipline.

Application Forms
Application forms are available each year beginning in October. Applicants are strongly encourage to apply online, through CSU Mentor.

Deadlines for Application
Applications are available beginning October 1 of each year. The deadline for submitting the application and accompanying fees is January 15, for admission the following Fall term. All supporting materials (transcripts, TOEFL scores, GRE scores, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation) must be received by February 15. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early in the application period to ensure that all documents are received prior to review. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Materials sent to the University Admissions Office
The application form, application fees, and two copies of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education that you have attended must be sent from the originating institution directly to the Cal Poly Admissions Office. The Department is not permitted to forward transcripts to the Admissions Office.

Please expedite transcript requests as far in advance of the application deadline as possible. Maintain your records and receipts and contact the Admissions office directly to make sure transcripts have been received while there is still enough time to have them sent again if necessary.

TOEFL scores are required for all non-native English-speaking applicants, and must be submitted to the admissions office. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) is required for admission to the University. Official notification of your score must be received in Admissions before your file can be reviewed.

Materials sent to the Lyle Center
The Lyle Center requires the following supplementary materials:

  • A statement of purpose which describes why you wish to enter the program, how your academic background and other experiences have prepared you, and what discipline focus or set of issues you are particularly interested in pursuing during your studies. The online application provides a space for submittal of your statement. If you wish, you may choose to not include the statement in the online application, and send it directly to the Department by February 15.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals in a position to assess the applicant's potential for success in master's level academic performance (and participation in the Regenerative Studies program)
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required from those applicants whose overall GPA in undergraduate work falls below 3.0, or if the bachelor's degree has been awarded from a non-accredited university of college (this includes foreign institutions), or if the applicant has not attended an accredited institution within the past seven years. These applicants are required to submit scores from the General GRE test, although they may also submit Subject Area GRE scores in their special area of study for consideration

These supplementary materials must arrive on or before the document deadline (February 15th). Send directly to:

Graduate Coordinator
John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
4105 University Drive
Pomona CA 91768
(909) 869-5155

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