Graduate Admissions

Applications for Fall 2020 admission have CLOSED as of December 17, 2019. 

There is only one deadline and it applies to ALL applicants for the MAE graduate programs; there are no exceptions. We CANNOT accept late applications. Admission is for the FALL QUARTER ONLY.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) --Admissions for answers to most questions.  We receive an extremly high volume of emails, and most questions are answered either by the FAQ listed previously, or the FAQ on the UCSD Graduate Admissions website:  Because of the high volume of emails, we are not able to answer every query. We do our best to respond to questions that are not addressed by either list of FAQs.
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Applicants need not have completed their undergraduate programs in order to apply. However, when an applicant's grades or preparation appear to be marginal, the department or the Graduate Division may defer action upon an application until a supplementary record or evidence of the receipt of a degree becomes available.


How to apply

Go to the online graduate application. Read and follow all instructions.

Graduate Application and Admissions Information


What you will need to apply

  • Academic records from all post-secondary institutions attended since high school.
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test scores. The UCSD Institution Code is 4836.
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. We accept online letters of recommendation only. For the online letter of recommendation process, you must provide the email address of each recommender.
  • International applicants only: Scores for the TOEFL or IELTS Academic Training exam to demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
  • A curriculum vitae (resume).


Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants who are applying for admission to MAE should take the GRE exam as early as possible. However, results of the exam can reported in the online tool AFTER the application deadline. You CAN submit your application without test scores. Just know that your application cannot be reviewed without them.

If you have unofficial scores, please report them in the application. Once admission is offered, we will require the official scores. If you have the official results, please upload them into the application. You do not need to send official GRE scores to us until you are offered admission.

GRE scores are good for five (5) years.

Minimum Requirement: We do not have a minimum requirement. PhD and MS applicants that are offered admission typically provide a quantitative GRE score within the 85 - 90 percentile and above.



We will accept unofficial transcripts at the time that you apply. The transcript MUST have your name on it and the name of the institution, in English. If you are offered admission, you will be required to provide an official transcript at that time.


Minimum GPA

The MS and PhD program has a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. However, the typical GPA for admission is 3.50 or higher.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All international applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate education was conducted in a language other than English must take the TOEFL.  Those with the status "permanent resident" do not need to take the TOEFL. Test scores can be self-reported on the application website. If nominated for admission, the official scores must be sent in to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to receive the official admission offer.

Minimum TOEFL requirements for admission are: IBT 85, paper-based 550; IELTS 7.

Application: Information and forms are available from the TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, or from United States embassies, consulates, and related centers; and the San Diego State University Testing Office, Student Services Building, Room 2549, 5300 Campanile Drive, San Diego, California 92182-0577. Telephone: (858) 594-5216. There is also lots of helpful information at


MS and PhD Degree

Students can apply directly to the PhD program without an MS degree. 


Applicants with previous Graduate Registration at UCSD 

If you are applying to an MAE Graduate program and were previously registered as a graduate student at UCSD then you may start a new application. You can complete the application, but you should not submit it. Please contact Graduate Advisors: to notify them of your application. 


Second Degree in MS or PhD

UC San Diego will not admit a student into the MS program if the student already possess an MS in the same or related field (engineering, physics, math, for example).

UC San Diego will not admit a student into the PhD program if the student already possess a PhD in the same or related field (engineering, physics, math, for example).

There are no exceptions granted. If you're unsure if your current MS or PhD fall within this, please ask us. 



Housing is not guaranteed for graduate students. Contact the UCSD Graduate Housing Office for options. You can also check for off-campus housing options. 


Admission and Registration

Official admission to graduate study at the university is contingent upon review of an applicant's record, receipt of final undergraduate transcript showing degree(s) awarded, an affirmative recommendation by the department and action by the UC San Diego Graduate Division. The dean of the Graduate Division or the department may deny admission if an applicant's scholastic record is undistinguished, if the preparation is judged inadequate as a foundation for advanced work, or in the event that no further students can be accommodated for a given quarter. Only the official Certificate of Admission from the dean of the Graduate Division constitutes formal approval of admission to a graduate program at UCSD.

Official notification of admission by the dean of the Graduate Division will be emailed well in advance of the beginning of the quarter for which application has been made.

Admission to graduate standing does not constitute registration for classes. A student is not officially registered for classes until the entire registration procedure is completed each quarter. Please contact the department for details.



Tuition and Fees

Budget and Costs for International Graduate Students