Student FAQs | Master of Advanced Study Degree UC San Diego

Prospective Students Frequently Asked Questions

Can international students apply to MAS Programs?

International applicants please note that three of our programs are part-time master's degree programs. If you require a student visa you will not be eligible for these programs (student visa requires you to be enrolled full-time). This only applies to international students who require an F-1 student visa. This does not apply to other international applicants. You may apply if you do not require a visa to study and you are able to relocate for the duration of your program.

MAS Full-time/Part-time options

Data Science and Engineering, Wireless Embedded Systems, and Medical Device Engineering are only offered as part-time programs. We do not have a full-time option for these programs. Following the course schedule, you will complete the degree program in 2 years.
Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering is only offered as a full-time program. Following the course schedule, you will complete the degree program in 12 months.

Is there a distance learning option?

At this time, the only program that offers remote attendance is the Architecture-based Enterprise Systems Engineering Program. Attendance is not asynchronous and this modality must be discussed with and approved by the program staff and faculty. If you are approved to take classes as a distance learner, you must commit to attending in-person once per quarter for the 4-day workshops. See tentative schedule for more information.

Will MAS classes work around my work schedule?

Classes are generally held every other Friday and/or Saturday from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM or 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Once per quarter, AESE holds a 4-day workshop from Wednesday through Saturday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Please note that our courses are designed for in-person attendance. While on occasion you may need to miss class due to work commitments, these need to be planned in advance with faculty. To assist in your scheduling, proposed dates for the period 2018-2020 are available on our website. Please visit the "Curriculum" page for the program you are interested in to view the calendar.

What is the minimum GPA required?

UC San Diego requires a minimum 3.0 GPA for graduate admissions. Please note however, we will take into consideration other factors if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. The factors we review are: work experience, statements of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Please contact us if you have specific questions.

Do I have to have a degree in Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics fields to be considered?

These are graduate level courses at the Jacobs School of Engineering. An engineering/math/science degree is required. In rare instances, students with commensurate work experience may be considered for admission.

How much work experience is required?

Data Science and Engineering, Medical Device Engineering, and Wireless Embedded Systems: 2 years of comparable work experience is preferred.
Architecture-based Enterprise and Systems Engineering: 5 years of commensurate work experience is preferred.
However, your undergraduate field of study will factor in, as well as a masters degree in a similar field of study.

How is my service in the Armed Forces factored in to my consideration for admission?

If your work experience as a service person is tantamount to the program you are applying to, it will be factored into your consideration.

I am a veteran. Can I get my tuition paid for with the GI Bill?

Many of our students have been able to get their tuition funded through the GI Bill. Please speak with Veterans Affairs to see if you qualify for funding:

Is the GRE required?

The GRE is only recommended for those with less than two years of work experience. If you have more than two years of work experience, you do not need to report GRE scores as they will not affect your application. We will not provide any information regarding average GRE scores of admitted students.

Is TOEFL/IELTS/PTE required?

For international students who obtained their degrees from non-English speaking countries, a passing score in one of those examinations is required. Please note some exceptions are made for those who have been working in the United States for more than one year. Please contact us for additional details.

Is there admission to winter/spring/summer classes?

MAS programs are cohort-based, and you must begin in the fall with your designated cohort.

How much do the MAS Programs cost?

For the cost of each program, please visit the "Costs" page for the program you are interested in. Please keep in mind that tuition / per unit fees increase periodically and that graduate student fees increase every year at the discretion of the university budget office.

How long is my program of interest?

Data Science and Engineering, Medical Device Engineering, and Wireless Embedded Systems are all part-time programs that will take two years to complete. Wireless Embedded Systems students will have a summer quarter class between their 1st and 2nd year. Data Science and Engineering and Medical Device Engineering students will not have classes over summer quarter.
Architecture-based Enterprise and Systems Engineering is a full-time program that runs four quarters in a row with the completion occurring in late August.

Does MAS offer financial aid?

MAS students may qualify for a loan and/or may qualify for FAFSA. Please note some loans require a minimum number of units per quarter. You can check the number of units per quarter using the calendar for your program (found on the "Curriculum" page).

Do MAS programs allow credit transfers from courses completed at either UCSD or UCSD Extension?

We may consider course transfers from accredited graduate programs. Please contact the Program Manager for the program you are interested in for additional details.

I am a current graduate student. Can I transfer to a MAS program from my program?

Yes, you can. However, all applicants must go through the same application and screening process and be approved by their program's faculty. Please keep in mind that all of our Master of Advanced Study Programs are specialty degrees, and that all classes assigned to your program are required and must be completed to obtain said degree.

I have applied to a MAS Program in previous years. Do I need to re-submit an application?

Yes. You must submit a new application every year.

Would I be able to audit a class before I apply to the program?

No. Classes are for enrolled students only. Please contact the Program Manager for the program you are interested in if you would like additional course information.

How do I submit my Letters of Recommendation?

You do not do this. You will submit the contact information for the people providing recommendations in the application. Your recommenders will then receive an email with instructions on how to upload their letters.

When do I need to apply by?

Please refer to the admissions page of your program of interest for application deadline information.

How does the "Priority Application Due" date differ from "Application Due" date?

Completed applications submitted by the Priority Application Due date will be reviewed and applicants will receive a response 4-8 weeks after the Priority Application Due date.
The later "Application Due" date represents the final day applications will be accepted for the incoming fall quarter. Applicants will receive a response 4-8 weeks after the Application Due date.

Why does the Medical Device Engineering have an Application Due date every month?

This program admits students on a monthly basis. Applications are reviewed monthly and qualified applicants are notified 2-4 weeks after the application due date.

How do I apply?

Please refer to the Admissions page for the program you are interested in for detailed instructions.

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