MAE Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective Student Handbook for undergraduates in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

The Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD comprise the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NanoEngineering, and Structural Engineering. The Jacobs School is directed by the Dean of Engineering.

Students who already hold a bachelor's degree are not eligible for a second bachelor's degree at UCSD.

Due to high demand, ALL engineering majors at the Jacobs School have been designated as oversubscribed and have been granted capped status.

1. Mechanical Engineering (Effective Fall 2009 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2011 for transfers.)
2. Aerospace Engineering (Effective Fall 2009 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2011 for transfers.)
3. Environmental Engineering (Effective Fall 2014 for freshmen. Effective Fall 2015 for transfers.)

 

INCOMING FRESHMEN and TRANSFER STUDENTS

Acceptance into a capped engineering major is based on academic excellence demonstrated in high school. Acceptance will be granted to the maximum number of students in each of the capped majors consistent with maintaining acceptable program quality and in compliance with admissions procedures and criteria approved by the Academic Senate's Committee on Educational Policy. Admission is granted by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools and not the individual departments.

Note:   Admission decisions are done at the campus level by the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools.  All engineering departments at UC San Diego have capped status as of Fall 2015. In the MAE department, we have had capped status since 2009. Unfortunately, this means that many qualified, exceptional students will not receive admission into an engineering major. Furthermore, to ensure fairness and integrity of the admissions process, we cannot make independent decisions for individual cases.

APPLYING TO A CAPPED MAJOR AS A CONTINUING UCSD STUDENT

Continuing students who wish to apply to an MAE major must complete at least one year of academic study at UC San Diego.  The application for continuing undergraduate students to change their major to Mechanical, Aerospace, or Environmental Engineering opens once per year in June. The 2017 application period will open on Monday, June 19, 2017 and close on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 11:59PM.  Please see the application website for more information.

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Freshmen:
Freshmen have two chances to apply. They can first apply in summer after their first year at UCSD. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 6 courses:
    MATH 20A, B and C
    PHYS 2A and 2B
    CHEM 6A

Freshmen can apply again in summer after their second year at UCSD. There will be no more chances to apply after this second application period. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 11 courses:
    MATH 20A, B, C, D, E and MATH 18
    PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C
    CHEM 6A
    MAE 8 (or CENG/NANO 15 or SE 9)

Transfers:
Transfer students have one chance to apply: summer after their first year at UCSD. To be eligible to apply, they need to have completed the following 11 courses:
    MATH 20A, B, C, D, E and MATH 18
    PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C
    CHEM 6A
    MAE 8 (or CENG/NANO 15 or SE 9)
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Capped Status Majors (specific to MAE Department)   

Frequently Asked Questions About Capped Status Majors (for all Jacobs School of Engineering Departments, for High School Students) 

 

Freshmen Student Admissions

Your application and admission to UCSD is handled by the Office of Admissions and not the department. You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department.

Double Majors

It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supports that policy.

Transfer Student Admissions

Your application and admission to UCSD is handled by the Office of Admissions and not the department. You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department.

Transfer Admissions Guide

You will be admitted to UCSD before you will be admitted into the Jacobs School of Engineering and the MAE department. Be sure to indicate on your application that your first choice of major is within our department (see our list of majors).

Following California's Master Plan for Higher Education, the Jacobs School of Engineering gives high priority to students transferring from California community colleges.

It is highly recommended that transfer students complete the following courses for engineering majors.

  • Calculus I (Math 20A)
  • Calculus II (Math 20B)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Math 20C)
  • Differential Equations (Math 20D)
  • Linear Algebra (Math 18)
  • Calculus-based physics series with lab experience (Physics 2ABC)
  • General Chemistry (Chemistry 6A)
  • Highest level of introductory computer programming language course offered at the community college

Double Majors

It is the policy of the Jacobs School of Engineering not to approve double majors within engineering. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering supports that policy.