Master of Science in Regenerative Studies

Matthew West ('08, master's in regenerative studies) stands in a window of the TJ demonstration house at the Lyle Center
Matthew West ('08, master's in regenerative studies) stands in a window of the TJ demonstration house at the Lyle Center


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The Master of Science in Regenerative Studies (MSRS) was established in 2004 as a unique interdisciplinary program that prepares students to find successful solutions to environmental problems in the 21st century.  The program consists of one year of full-time course work, featuring courses intended to ground students in concepts of regeneration, followed by the completion of an independent Master’s thesis or project that allows for in-depth investigation of an area of expertise.  

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Admission 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.

Applications are available beginning October 1 of each year. The deadline for submitting the application and accompanying fees is April 30th, 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 May 30th. 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.


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. 


Materials submitted to the University

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 submitted to the 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 May 30th.
  • Two 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.  GRE scores may be waived at the discretion of the graduate faculty.

These supplementary materials must arrive on or before the document deadline (May 30th). Send directly to:

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


International Applicants

Known for its outstanding academic programs, Cal Poly Pomona offers excellent education for international students who wish to pursue a degree in the United States.

The Graduate Program accepts non-resident and foreign students. Current and future International Students in Cal Poly academic programs must contact the International Center for information regarding visas, guidelines for maintaining academic progress, and procedures for internships and post graduation work.

For additional information on Incoming International Students and requirements, please refer to:



For information regarding admissions to the Master of Science in Regenerative Studies degree program, please contact:

Graduate Coordinator
Pablo La Roche, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C
(909) 869-2700



Students must take a total of 40 semester units of which 28 are core courses in Regenerative Studies. Students are also required to select a focus discipline in which they complete 6 units of course credit. A thesis or project for 6 units is required to complete the coursework.

Students are also required to complete 200 hours of internship which are to be completed at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies or in an approved external program or organization. A final presentation and defense of the thesis or project must be successfully completed.

Core Courses

All students registered in the MSRS are expected to complete the following courses:

Course Number Course Title Units
RS 5100 Regenerative Concepts & Applications 3
RS 5150 Regenerative Social Practices 3
RS 5170L Community Practice 1
RS 5200 Nature As Model 3
RS 5250 Scientific Foundations in Regeneration 3
RS 5300 Regenerative Technology 3
RS 5350 Regenerative Environments 3
RS 5400 Coalition Building 3
RS 5500 Seminar in Research Methods  3
RS 6100 Methods & Applications in Regenerative Studies 2
RS 6100L Methods & Applications in Regenerative Studies  1

Focus Discipline Courses

Students are expected to complete 6 units of Focus Discipline Courses, to be chosen by the student in consultation with graduate advisor and faculty in focus discipine.

Course Units
Two Courses (4000, 5000 and/or 6000 Level) 6

Thesis or Project

In addition, students must complete a thesis or final project in the final two terms. They must register for the following courses

Course Number Course Title Units
RS 6940 Thesis/Project Research 3
RS 6950 or Master's Project 3
RS 6960 Master's Thesis 3



Fall Semester


Spring Semester


RS 5100


RS 5300


RS 5150


RS 5350


RS 5170L


RS 5500


RS 5200


RS 5400


RS 5250










Fall Semester


Spring Semester


Elective #1


Elective #2


RS 6100


RS 6950 OR


RS 6100L


RS 6960


RS 6940