Applicants for graduate study at UC San Diego fill out an online application at gradapply.ucsd.edu. Required documents, including transcripts, statements of purpose, supplementary information, and department-specific materials, are uploaded by the applicant to the online application. For more information about the application process please use the following link Admissions Requirements and Procedures.
Applicants interested in attending UC San Diego School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy, or Rady School of Management should contact their school of interest directly for information on how to apply.
Yes. You may apply to more than one program or major at UC San Diego. You may not apply to more than one program within the same department.
Your application fee or fee waiver will allow you to submit an application to as many as three programs during the same application cycle.
Submit your first application with the fee or fee waiver. For additional applications, re-enter the application website with your same username and password. Click on “Create new Application”. Change the major code and other information for the new department/major. Review and complete subsequent applications carefully. Application questions and requirements may vary by departments/majors.
After completing the additional application(s), click on submit. You will not be asked to pay the application fee for the additional application(s).
The majority of departments admit students for the fall quarter only with applications typically submitted one year in advance. For admission information specific to your department of interest, please visit the department’s website.
Normally, duplication of advanced academic degrees—MA, MS, PhD—is not permitted. A duplicate academic degree is one at the same level (e.g., a second master’s degree or second PhD), regardless of the discipline or the specialization awarding the degree. A professional degree at the master’s or doctoral level (e.g., AuD, DMA, EdD, MAS, MBA, MEd, MEng, MF, MFA, MIA, MPIA, MD, PharmD) is not regarded as a duplicate of an academic degree.
Students who already hold an advanced academic degree may be admitted to UC San Diego to pursue a second advanced academic degree at the same level only under limited circumstances, and only with the consent of the Graduate Council.
If you hold an advanced degree and are unsure if it is at the same level as the degree for which you will be applying, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This varies by department. Applications are reviewed at the departmental level by admissions committees. Most decisions will be made by April 15th, but it is not guaranteed. Some departments include information regarding the status of their decision process on their website. Departments recommend applicants for admission to the Dean of the Graduate Division.
The official notification of admission will come from the Graduate Admissions office which acts on behalf of the Dean of the Graduate Division. It can take up to 2 weeks to process the department nomination paperwork. Please be patient. Your Application Status page will update as soon as a decision has been made.
Please refer to the link below for more information regarding financial assistance.