How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2024 open in October!

The application process is entirely online through UCSD's centralized graduate admissions portal. You will need a valid email address to create an account. This email address will be your login name. It will also be the primary line of communication between you and UC San Diego. Be sure to use an email address that will not change: do not use a temporary address. The activation email and additional instructions to complete your registration will be sent to this address once you create your account.

To begin the Application process, just create an account and then select the appropriate Term, Degree, and Program to find the application for the specific program in which you are interested.

Applications Open: 
October 4, 2023

Applications Close: 
June 19, 2024

Applications are reviewed every two months in the order they are received.

International Applicants please note:

The following programs are part-time master's degree programs. If you require a student visa you will not qualify with the below programs (a student visa requires you to be enrolled full-time). This only applies to international students who require a student visa. This does not apply to other international applicants.

  • Data Science and Engineering
  • Wireless Embedded Systems

Veterans please note:

UCSD provides an application fee waiver for individuals with US Military Service. Please read the waiver information before deciding to apply. The Financial Aid & Scholarships Office can also provide military-affiliated students assistance on how to use their tuition benefits. Please visit this page for more information. 

Each MAS degree program has its own unique admissions requirements beyond the general admissions requirements. Please see each program's admissions page for more detailed requirements.



General Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering, Math, Physics, or other Science field preferred
  • A minimum scholastic average of B or 3.0 GPA (or its equivalent, if the letter grade system is not used) is required for course work completed in the final two years of undergraduate study and any post baccalaureate study.
  • Two years of relevant work experience or equivalent post bachelor's degree required.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: List your experience and achievements.
  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose is intended to give admissions committees an opportunity to know more about your background, interests, preparation for study and goals. Statements should be concise, addressing accomplishments that are relevant to this degree program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Program specific, but a minimum of two letters of recommendation (some programs require a minimum of three) – highly encouraged to be from applicant's current employer. You will be required to provide the email address of each recommender. They will be contacted automatically by the system and will upload their letters directly via the graduate admissions portal.
  • TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Score: For international applicants only
  • GRE: The GRE is not required, but you may upload scores for consideration if you have them.
  • Application Fee: The application fee is $135 for US Citizens & Permanent Residents and $155 for International Applicants. The non-refundable fee is payable by credit card through the online application. Accepted cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and JCB
  • Completion of online application for graduate admission


Supplemental Documents

Your Statement of Purpose, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, TOEFL scores (if applicable), and unofficial transcripts will be submitted online via the graduate admissions portal.

The recommenders will receive an email requesting a letter on your behalf. Once your recommender has submitted a letter, you will receive a confirmation email notifying you that UCSD has received the recommendation. The status of that particular recommendation will also change from pending to "received" in the Letter of Recommendation Management site.

If your recommenders have any issues submitting their Letters of Recommendation via the portal, please have them email us at


Official Transcripts

Scanned unofficial copies of all academic records need to be uploaded to your online application on the graduate admissions portal. If an offer of admission is made, you will need to have official transcripts sent to the Graduate Division at UC San Diego.

Official transcripts bear the signature of the authorized official of the issuing institution, the seal of the institution, and are received by the Graduate Admissions office in a sealed envelope from the institution. Domestic applicants can either bring the unopened transcripts into the office or have your institution(s) submit them electronically to or mail them to UC San Diego directly at the following address:

University of California, San Diego
Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) - Graduate Admissions
9500 Gilman Drive #0003
La Jolla, California 92093-0003

International applicants are required to complete and submit a WES Course-by-Course evaluation in order to have their admission to UC San Diego finalized. If you are an international applicant, do not have your official materials sent to UC San Diego directly.