Q: What is the application deadline, and what is the next available term?
A: Fall Quarter is the only time that Ph.D. candidates will be considered for financial assistance. The next available term is every fall and that starts mid-August. Contact the program for spring and winter deadlines for regulations.

Q: What does a complete application include?
In order to process your application we require the following documents:

  • Online Graduate Application
  • Statement of Purpose (Online)
  • Three letters of Recommendation (Online)
  • Official Transcripts (from all institutions attended, sent to Graduate Admissions)*
  • General GRE Score required (Online)
  • TOEFL Score Results (international students only - Online)
  • CV/Resume (Online) (Recommended)
  • Publications (Online) (if applicable)

All must be scanned into the graduate application.

*Please include scanned unofficial transcripts within the online application. Official paper transcripts will be requested if you are admitted to our program. Do not send transcripts until you have been notified by the Department.

Graduate Admissions Address:
University of California, San Diego
Graduate Admissions
9500 Gilman Drive #0003
La Jolla, CA 92093-0003

Q: What is the UCSD code needed to send exam scores for the GRE and TOEFL?
A: UCSD code 4836

Q: What is the minimum/average GRE score?
A: There is no minimum GRE score set by the Program or University. However, our faculty looks highly upon the quantitative score for the GRE. Most of our admitted students have close to 165 (90 percentile new test score) in that section.

Q. What is the average GPA for accepted students?
A. 3.5

Q: What is the minimum TOEFL score?
A: The following are the University issued minimum TOEFL scores (they vary upon type of TOEFL test taken): 
PBT 550
CBT 213
IBT 80
IELTS Band 7 

Q: Where can I find out more information about the GRE and TOEFL?
A: This test is not affiliated with the University of California, San Diego. Please visit the Education Testing Services website for complete, detailed information about each exam.

Q: Can I contact faculty about research opportunities?
A: Yes, feel free to contact faculty directly to ask any specific engineering questions, inquire about research opportunities, or to ask about potential financial assistance. Please be aware that faculty are very busy and may take quite some time to return your emails and phone calls. 
Please reference our faculty list. This list will aid in finding faculty currently working in specific areas of study.

Q: How can I check the status of my application?
A: You can check your status by logging onto https://gradapply.ucsd.edu/.

Q: When is the TOEFL waived?
A: Demonstrated proficiency in the English language is required for all international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country in which English is a dominant language.

Q: Fees for applying?
A: Domestic Fee: $90.00, International Fee: $110.00

Q: What is the timeline to hear a result?
A: If a student applies by the January 5th deadline, they can expect an admission result (via email) by the beginning of April.

Financial Support:

Support at the Ph.D. level:  Limited financial support is available in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. The availability of research assistantship is decided by a matching of mutual interests between the students and the faculty members, as well as the research funding availability of each faculty member. Awarding of financial support is very competitive, and stipends average up to ~$23,000.00 for the fiscal year, plus tuition and fees. Funds for International students are extremely limited and the selection process is highly competitive.

The department does not offer financial support to students pursuing the M.S. level degree. All students are encouraged to seek information on how to fund their education from other sources.

If you are interested in enrolling in Materials Science & Engineering classes without being matriculated in a degree program you may do so through the Concurrent Enrollment Program.

Normally, UCSD does not permit the duplication of advanced degrees. (Previous professional degrees, however, are not included in this restriction.) Holders of a master's degree in one field may be considered under certain circumstances for admission into a master's degree program in another field. Prospective applicants who already hold a master's degree and are considering applying to the M.S. program should contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research at gradadmissions@ucsd.edu to find out if they can be exempted from the duplicate degree policy. 

Holders of a Ph.D., in any field, are advised not to apply for admission to the Ph.D. program.


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