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Academic Records and Transcripts

For application review purposes (only), scan and upload copies of transcripts.* In the online application, you will be prompted to upload a PDF of your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript, even if the back side is blank. One set of transcripts must be uploaded to each application submitted.

*Do not mail hard copies until provisionally admitted

Upon admission to UC San Diego, official records (transcripts and diplomas) bearing the signature of the registrar or other responsible academic officer and the seal of the issuing institution, are required in all applications for graduate admission. All official international transcripts, evaluations, mark sheets, diplomas, degree certificates, and translations must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office in a school-sealed envelope once admission has been offered to the applicant. Documents will not be accepted if opened or sealed by the student. Applicants with academic work in progress who expect to complete a degree program before the intended date of enrollment at UCSD must provide evidence of degree conferral and a final academic transcript as soon as they are available. Completed coursework must demonstrate the equivalent of at least a B average in the United States.

UC San Diego accepts WES (World Education Services) ICAP evaluations. WES ICAPs are optional, but we accept them as verification of document authenticity. If you have had your evaluation sent to UC San Diego, you will still need to upload either the ICAP evaluation or copies of your transcripts to the application for review purposes.

An international applicant who has studied abroad must have earned the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree with above average results.

Duplication of Advanced Degrees

Normally, duplication of advanced degrees is not permitted. A professional degree is not regarded as a duplication of an academic degree.

Holders of a Master's degree in one field may be considered in some circumstances for admission into a Master's degree program in another field. Holders of the Ph.D., in any field, are advised not to apply for admission.

Hard Copy Transcripts

Hard copy transcripts are accepted by some departments for review purposes. If applying to multiple departments/programs, provide one set of transcripts in the appropriate form for each application submitted. The department will specify whether to submit electronic or hard copy forms.
Mail transcripts directly to the academic department/program.

Department/Program Name
Department address and mail code
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093

Note: Transcripts and all other application materials will not be returned to applicants under any circumstances. Plan to order sufficient copies of your academic records to meet projected needs.

Upon provisional admission to graduate study at UC San Diego:  Official hard copy transcripts from all institutions attended and from the accredited institution where you obtained your undergraduate degree will be required to finalize your admission and must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office. Official records including transcripts, evaluations, mark sheets, diplomas, certificates, and translations must be delivered in a sealed envelope from the administering insitution or service. Applicants with academic work in progress who expect to complete a degree program before the intended date of enrollment at UCSD must provide evidence of degree conferral and a final academic transcript as soon as they are available. Completed coursework must demonstrate the equivalent of at least a B average (3.0) or better in the United States.

Applicants who attended any campus of the University of California, including UCSD, must provide official transcripts of the UC course work. Transcripts from UCSD may be ordered by an applicant from the Office of the Registrar. There is no charge for UCSD transcripts of record sent to departments in support of an application for graduate study at UCSD.

Foreign academic records must show all courses attended each year, examinations passed, seminars completed, and grades or marks received at all institutions where formal records are maintained. Official evidence of degree conferral must also be supplied, together with evidence of rank in class if available.

Official academic records and/or transcripts may take the form of:

  • Transcripts, attestations, appendices or addenda to diplomas, or mark sheets showing courses and examinations, units or hours, and grades (rank in class, if available).
  • Diplomas, degree certificates, or professional titles showing the degree and date conferred.

Electronically Submitted Transcripts

For Application Review purposes: Scanned and uploaded copies of transcripts are acceptable by some departments for review only. In the online application you will be prompted to upload a pdf of your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript, even if the back side is blank. One set of transcripts must be provided for each application submitted.

Upon provisional admission to graduate study at UC San Diego: Official hard copy transcripts from all institutions attended and from the accredited institution where you obtained your undergraduate degree will be required to finalize your admission and must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions office. Official records including transcripts, evaluations, mark sheets, diplomas, certificates, and translations must be delivered in a sealed envelope from the administering insitution or service. Applicants with academic work in progress who expect to complete a degree program before the intended date of enrollment at UCSD must provide evidence of degree conferral and a final academic transcript as soon as they are available. Completed coursework must demonstrate the equivalent of at least a B average (3.0) or better in the United States.

Chinese Institutions

For application review purposes, scan and upload copies of transcripts.  You do not need to have your documents verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). 

ADMITTED students who have earned degrees from universities in China do not need to provide to the Office of Graduate Admissions official copies of transcripts and degree certificates for final admission.  Instead, these students must submit a verification report in English from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of the English versions of the final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to UC San Diego directly by the CDGDC in order to be considered official. 

Do not request your verification report from the CDGDC until your degree has been awarded. 

Verification reports should only be sent after accepting an offer of admission. 

Please note that CDGDC verification is only required when a degree was earned at a Chinese institution.  It is not necessary for transfer work or study abroad done in China.  If you have transfer work from or did study abroad at a Chinese institution, you will need to submit transcripts directly from the institution upon admission.

China Qualification Verification from the CDGDC

Chinese: http://cqv.chinadegrees.cn/cn/

English: http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/

Translations

Official academic records and/or transcripts must be issued in the language of instruction and accompanied by official English translations. Upon admission to UC San Diego, all documents must be submitted in sealed envelopes from the school or translation service. Acceptable documentation includes:

  • Originals issued by the university bearing the original stamp or seal and the signature of the authorized official.
  • Official copies issued by the degree granting university bearing the stamp or seal and signature of the authorized official.
  • Official literal (word for word) English translations issued by the degree granting institution.

Translations prepared by an accredited member of a translator's association, such as American Translator’s Association (ATA), are acceptable. They must be prepared from official copies of your academic records or degree certificate, in the original language. For more information and a directory of members, consult the Services Directories on the ATA website.

Credential evaluations prepared by other schools or by private agencies are not accepted.

International Application Requirements