Graduate Application Procedures

The application deadline for Fall 2017 is December 15, 2016. The application web site opens October 1, 2016.

A complete application consists of:

  1. Online application to UC Santa Cruz Division of Graduate Studies.  See link below.
  2. Application fee $105 for domestic applicants, $125 for international applicants.  Pay by credit card or electronic check.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended after high school.  Unofficial transcripts may be scanned and uploaded as a pdf to your application before you submit it.  If you are admitted and accept admission, you must at that time mail official transcripts to:  UCSC Graduate Application Processing, 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA  95064. 
  4. Three letters of recommendation.  Must be submitted electronically.  Enter name and email of each recommender in the online application.  Recommenders will automatically be sent a link and password.  Paper, email or faxed letters will not be accepted.
  5. Official Graduate Record Examination general test scores.  Scores must be reported by ETS and are valid for five years.   UCSC's school code is 4860 (no department code necessary).  Applicants are encouraged to take the GRE by October 31 so that we will receive your scores by the application deadline.
  6. (optional) Graduate Record Examination subject test is recommended but not required.  Not taking it will not penalize your application.
  7. (International students) Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) official score. Required of all applicants who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents and whose first language is other than English, even if you are now attending a US college or university.  Scores are valid for two years and must be submitted directly to UCSC by the testing service. Minimum TOEFL score is 89, minimum IELTS score is 8.

Application files missing any of the above items will not be reviewed.  Student with laserSeveral days after your application is submitted online you will be assigned a login and password for your UCSC portal http://my.ucsc.edu, where you can check on missing items. This information will be posted beginning in early November and updated as materials are received. It is your responsibility to make sure all items have been received by checking your portal frequently.

All applications must be submitted electronically. You will be able to register your recommenders online within the application.  Statement of Purpose and Personal History essays can only be submitted in the online application.  With the exception of transcripts, paper documents sent to us will not be reviewed.

The Graduate Admissions office issues notification of admission by email during the month of March.

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