Graduate Admission

Applying for Admission

Prospective students apply online. A nonrefundable application fee is required when the application is submitted.

When to Apply

Most departments and schools have deadlines in November and early December for the following fall quarter. Consult the admissions section of the Graduate Division website for specific deadlines for each major. A few departments accept applications for winter and spring quarters.

At the discretion of the department, applications may be considered if submitted after a stated program deadline, provided the enrollment limits have not been exceeded.

Entrance Requirements

U.S. applicants to graduate standing must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to that awarded at the University of California. Degrees granted on the basis, for example, of nonacademic prior learning, test scores, and other than organized supervised coursework in academic subjects are not considered comparable. A scholastic average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale or better (or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used) is required in the last two years of undergraduate coursework and in any postbaccalaureate study.

See also requirements for international applicants.

Supporting Materials

Supporting materials to be submitted, including official transcripts of record and nonrefundable application fee, are specified on the graduate admissions site. Submitted materials become the property of UCLA and are not returnable.

Graduate Record Examination

Applicants for admission to a department or school that requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores should arrange to take the examination no later than December, so scores arrive on time. GRE scores should be sent directly to the prospective department and not to Graduate Division.

GRE registration, and information about both paper and computer-based testing, are available from ETS. Information on GRE fee waivers is also available on the ETS site.

Letters of Recommendation

Most graduate professional schools, departments, and interdepartmental programs at UCLA require applicants to submit three letters of recommendation. Letters typically augment, validate, or explain information provided in the application; and should be written by persons qualified to analyze student’s abilities and academic promise.


Students who have registered at any time as a graduate student at UCLA and return after an absence (except a formal leave of absence) must file an Application for Graduate Admission.

See the Academic Policies chapter for readmission procedures.