Admissions

MS/PhD Admissions and MDS Admissions

MS and PhD:


The application is open for Fall 2022 admission! The application will close on January 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST. Apply Now!

“Our review process will start on Dec 15 but all applications received before Jan 15 will receive full consideration.”

Below is a list of the required materials that must be submitted as part of the graduate application to the MS or the PhD program.

CURRENT UCSD STUDENTS who wish to TRANSFER from their current graduate program to a different program (e.g., MS to PhD) should contact their student affairs staff advisor for more information on that process: DSCgradinfo@ucsd.edu

Graduate Application Checklist:
1. Online Application: UCSD Application for Graduate Admission
2. Application Fee
3. Transcripts
4. Statement of Purpose
5. Test Scores
6. Letters of recommendation
7. CV/Resume
8. International applicants only: Scores for the TOEFL or IELTS Academic Training exam to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Application Fee:

Applicants will be required to pay the application fee for each application submitted or to request a fee waiver at the end of the online application. Your application cannot be reviewed until this fee is paid.

  • US Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Undocumented Applicants: $120.00
  • International Applicants: $140.00

Applicants may submit multiple applications for the same term. Please note that each application must be submitted to a different department and to only one degree level (Master’s or PhD) per department.
For information regarding fee waivers, please review the Graduate Division website.

Transcripts

  • Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded online to the UCSD Application for Graduate Admission. This is all that is required for the application process.
  • Review the Graduate Division transcript instructions carefully – Academic Records and Transcripts
  • Please do not mail any documents to the department.
  • If a student is offered admission to the program: Official transcripts of record from each university-level institution attended must be provided. A summary of credit transferred from an institution previously attended and recorded on the transcript issued by the school granting the degree will not suffice. Applicants should request that official transcripts of all previous academic work, including certification of degrees received or documentation of status upon leaving each institution, be mailed to the Graduate Division. Only official records bearing the signature of the registrar and the seal of the issuing institution will be accepted.
  • Applicants who attended any campus of the University of California, including UCSD, must provide official transcripts of the UC coursework. 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.
  • International applicants:
    • If a student is offered admission to the program: True copies, facsimiles, or photostatic copies of foreign academic records will be accepted if, after the copies have been made, they have been personally signed and stamped by an educational official who certifies that they are exact copies of the original document. Properly certified and signed copies should be sent instead of irreplaceable original documents. Academic records must be in the language of the institution and should be accompanied by an official English translation. 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.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose must be submitted online through the UCSD Application for Graduate Admission.
An applicant’s statement of purpose is very important and is given careful consideration in the selection process. For additional guidelines, please refer to Statement of Purpose. There is no specific word limit, but be concise and specific in preparing your statement, giving information that demonstrates your level of preparation and potential for success in graduate school.

NOTE: Requests to update the Statement of Purpose are not granted after submission. Please carefully double-check edits prior to official submission.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Additional letters may be submitted, however, you must submit a minimum of three (3) letters.

LORs are submitted via the online application only. For additional information about the procedures and policies for letters of recommendation, please review the UCSD Graduate Division guidelines at Procedures for Letters of Recommendation.

GRE Score Report

NOTICE: GRE scores are not required for Fall 2022 MS or PHD applications.
Applicants for Fall 2022 Admission to the Data Science Graduate Programs (MS and PhD) will not need to provide a GRE score with their applications for Admission.

If Applicants have already completed the GRE and would like to include their scores with their application, they can include these scores when submitting the application for review.

Applicants with valid test scores should request that ETS submit the scores directly to the UCSD institution code 4836; the department codes are not necessary. Information about the GRE is available from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

TOEFL Score Report (International Applicants Only)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time at a university-level institution in an English-speaking country for one uninterrupted academic year.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, UC San Diego will be accepting the TOEFL iBT Home Edition test scores and IELTS Indicator test scores for the 2021-2022 academic cycle. Applicants that do not have in-person testing options may submit the home edition scores as an alternative.

The UCSD TOEFL Institution Code is 4836. The university minimum TOEFL score required for admission is 64 for the Paper-delivered Test, and 85 for the internet-based test (iBT).

For more information on the TOEFL, visit the TOEFL website. An official ETS-reported score must be submitted for an applicant to be admitted into the graduate program. The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is not required.

Resume/CV:

A resume or curriculum vitae should be uploaded to the online application under the Resume/CV section.

Contact Information
Due to the high volume of applications being processed, please expect a delay in receiving a result. We truly appreciate your patience. Our email is gradadmissions@ucsd.edu