Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome! Here you’ll find answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Admissions into UC Irvine Graduate Programs. Note that these are general admissions questions and address overall campus admission requirements for graduate programs; for questions specific to your program of interest, please contact the program directly. Contact information can be found here
What graduate programs does UC Irvine have?
UC Irvine has more than 100 graduate programs
Which graduate program is right for me?
Each program has a graduate coordinator who can answer your questions. You should first visit the program website, and then contact a coordinator if you require additional information.
When can I apply?
Most programs admit for the fall quarter only. The graduate application is available starting September 1. Check with your program of interest if you have specific questions.
What is required to apply to UCI?
The general requirements for admission are:
- Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution with degree standards equivalent to those of the University of California.
- Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent.
- Individual programs may have additional requirements. Please check with the program for their individual requirements. The general requirements to apply are:
- Official GRE test scores (except for the MFA, Nursing, Business and CLS-MAS programs).
- Three letters of recommendation – preferably submitted online. Use Application Progress Review to manage your LORs. Paper submission is also acceptable if you use the paper letter of recommendation form.
- One set of official original transcripts from all schools attended after high school. These should be mailed to your academic program, not to the Graduate Division. International applicants may have additional requirements such as English language proficiency tests.
Note: Complete your application at the earliest possible date to avoid missing critical deadlines!
Can I apply to more than one program at UCI?
Yes, you can. You will need to submit a separate online application, application fee, letters of recommendation and transcripts for each program. You only need to submit test scores, such as GRE or TOEFL, once, however, as the Graduate Division will distribute them electronically to each program.
When is the application deadline?
Deadlines vary by program. Be sure to check your program deadline under the listing for your program. Students who are interested in financial support should pay particular attention to those deadlines as they are often earlier than the general application deadlines; and are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Note that a majority of PhD programs provide 5 years of financial support.
What is the difference between “The Statement of Purpose” and “Personal History”?
The "Statement of Purpose" is required for ALL applicants and should focus on your academic/research background and interests. The "Personal History Statement" is required only for US citizens and legal permanent residents of the US. This essay should focus on your personal background and is especially important for applicants applying for Diversity fellowships.
I would like to make a change to my online application, but I have already submitted it. What should I do?
After submission, your application cannot be changed by you or the Graduate Division staff. You should send an e-mail to your program requesting any changes you would like to make.
How can I pay the application fee?
You can pay by Visa or MasterCard credit card, money order or check. For detailed information please see Application Fee Information
How can I get my application fee refunded?
The application fee is non-refundable.
Can I request an application fee waiver?
If you are a US citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S., you may be eligible for a waiver. In the Personal History section of the online application, you will be asked questions which determine your eligibility. If you are eligible, when you prepare to submit your application, you will see instructions about documentation that must be submitted to the Graduate Division to complete the process. After the documentation is received and reviewed, you will be notified whether your waiver is approved or denied. If and when your waiver is approved, your application will be processed and forwarded to your department. The deadline for application fee waivers is March 4, except for Veterans. If your request for a waiver is denied, if you wish your application to be considered, you will have to pay the application fee via credit card or check.
I have a question about the application fee waiver. Whom should I contact?
Send us an e-mail.
What is UCI’s minimum GRE score requirement?
There is no minimum campus GRE score requirement.
How can I have my GRE and TOEFL test scores sent to UC Irvine?
At the time you register for the test, you should list UCI as a school to receive your scores. UCI’s institution code for ETS score reporting is 4859. If you did not include UCI on the request form when you took the test, you should contact ETS to request that your scores be sent to UCI, school code 4859
Which department should I indicate on the score request form?
You do not need to include this information as ETS will send your scores electronically to UCI. Regardless of what department code you enter, your scores will be reported to UCI. See information above.
How can I have my IELTS test scores sent to UC Irvine?
You should contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.
Can I apply before taking the GRE test?
Yes, you can. On the application you will enter the date you are registered to take the test.
Do I need to take the GRE subject test, as well as the GRE General Test?
Check with the program to which you are applying to determine their requirements.
How can I check to see if UCI has received my test scores (GRE or TOEFL)?
After you complete and pay for your application, the Graduate Division will process your application, which can take up to one week. After your application has been processed, you may check to see if your scores have been received by using Application Progress Review (APR).
May I apply before taking an English language proficiency test like the TOEFL?
Yes, you may. On the application you should enter the date you have registered to take the test.
What are the minimum TOEFL and IELTS test score requirements for admission?
- TOEFL iBT -80
- TOEFL pBT -550
- IELTS -overall minimum score of 7 and no scores less than 6 on any individual module.
I am a Permanent Resident of the U.S. Do I need to take the TOEFL test?
Yes. Permanent Residents are not automatically waived from taking the TOEFL. I am going to complete my Bachelor’s (or Master’s) degree in the US. Do I need to take the TOEFL?
For admission purposes, if you completed your ENTIRE degree in the US, with no credit transferred from a school in a country where English is not the primary or dominant language, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
I am an international applicant and studied at an English language university in my country. Do I need to take the TOEFL test?
If English is the primary or dominant language of your country, as recognized by UCI, not just the medium of education at your school, you will not be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test for admissions purposes. Please note that you may be required to take an English proficiency test by your department for other purposes, such as determining eligibility to be a Teaching Assistant (TA). There are more rigorous English proficiency requirements in order to qualify for a Teaching Assistantship.
I sent my recommender an invitation to submit a letter, but s/he did not receive it. What should I do?
It is possible that your recommender has restrictive filtering of their e-mail. They will have to allow the Webmaster e-mail address or look in their junk/spam email folder, if they have one, to see if the e-mail is there. You may wish to go to Application Progress Review to request that the e-mail be sent to your recommender again.
My recommender is having trouble completing my online Letter of Recommendation. What should s/he do?
First, use Application Progress Review to make sure the recommender has received an invitation to submit a letter. If necessary, you may resend the invitation. If you’re not able to determine the cause of the problem, have your recommender send an e-mail to the Webmaster with your name, his/her name and an explanation of the problem.
Where should I have my recommenders send their paper letters of recommendation?
Please complete the Letter of Recommendation and Waiver of Access forms. After filling in all “Applicant” sections of the form, send it to your recommender, who should complete the form and mail it to the address you entered in on the form.
Where should I have my transcripts sent?
Have your transcripts sent directly from your undergraduate institution to the Program to which you are applying. Your department will collect your application materials and review your application. DO NOT send your documents to the Graduate Division as this will delay delivery of your documents. If you do not follow these directions, your documents may not reach your department, your application may remain incomplete, and therefore, may not be reviewed.
Please note that UC Irvine does not admit students conditionally. Provisional admission refers only to those students admitted prior to providing their final transcript showing degree conferral to the Graduate Division. Students admitted provisionally are required to provide their final transcript showing degree conferral prior to the beginning of the Fall term.
I have questions about English proficiency requirements, where can I find that information?
Please refer to FAQ section number 3, GRE/TOEFL/IELTS information.
As an international student, what academic qualifications/degree requirements are acceptable, and which records am I required to submit?
Please see the Academic Qualifications for International Students page
When and where should I send my financial documents to get my I-20 form? When and how will I receive my I-20 form?
If you are admitted, you will get information from your department about submitting financial and other documents required for the International Center at UCI to issue an I-20 (visa eligibility form). Any questions related to the I-20 should be directed to your department.
How can I check on the status of my application?
The Application Progress Review (APR) system is the best way to check on test scores and Letters of Recommendation submitted online. There are two ways to check on receipt of paper Letters of Recommendation and transcripts, depending on the program. If you are applying to a program in the School of Information and Computer Science, Engineering, Social Sciences or the Master’s in Public Health or another program that uses GATS (Graduate Application Tracking System) you will receive login information so that you can check on the status of your application in GATS. Applicants to all other programs should e-mail program staff directly. Please allow at least 30 days after you submit your application before contacting the university and only do so if absolutely necessary. This will allow staff to focus on processing application decisions during the busy admissions season. You will receive a letter or e-mail directly from your program after a decision is made.
When can I expect to hear a decision on my application?
Each program has its own schedule for making admissions decisions. A general deadline for admission offers is April 15. Your patience is requested and greatly appreciated, as we know that waiting to hear a decision can be stressful.
I received an admission offer from my department, but have not yet received the official offer of admission by e-mail from the Graduate Division. When can I expect to receive it?
After your program offers you admission, they will notify the Graduate Division of their offer. This process can take up to a week to 10 days. It is not necessary to contact the Graduate Division after you receive your admit letter from your program as admissions are processed in the order that they are received and the Graduate Division will contact you as soon as possible.
What is the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and when is the deadline to submit it?
The SIR is the means by which you indicate to UC Irvine your intention to register at UCI or not. In the official admission offer e-mail that you receive from the Graduate Division, you will find a link to complete the SIR electronically. This is the preferred means to submit the SIR. There is a paper form for use by students completing an SIR for the second time and others unable to complete the SIR electronically.
You should submit your SIR as soon as possible after you make your decision and no later than April 15, assuming you have been admitted by then. If your admissions offer was after April 15, please submit your SIR as soon as possible. If your department accepts applications after April 15, you should submit your SIR no later than July 15.
What is the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) and how can I submit it?
The Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) allows the Registrar to determine your status as Resident or non-Resident for purposes of assessing tuition and fees. After you submit your SIR, you will receive an e-mail from the Registrar with a link to complete the SLR. Please wait until you receive this e-mail before trying to submit your SLR.
Where can I find information about Student Housing?
Review the information found on the Housing website.
Students who are admitted to a Ph.D. or M.F.A. program are generally eligible for a guaranteed offer of on-campus housing if they are admitted, and respond to Housing, prior to their deadline at the beginning of May. Please refer to the website above for specific information concerning Housing, and the Graduate Guarantee.
I’m newly admitted, but I can’t enroll in classes or pay my tuition and fees. What should I do?
You will be able to enroll in classes in mid-June if you were admitted for the fall quarter, have submitted a positive SIR (Statement of Intent to Register) and completed the SLR (Statement of Legal Residence). Payment of fees (either by the student or by your department) begins in early August.
I was admitted provisionally. When and where should I send my transcript and final degree confirmation?
Please send your official degree posted transcript (from US institutions) or official final transcript and official degree certificate (for institutions outside the US) as soon as they become available to;
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180
Your program may also require a final transcript with degree confirmation, so please check with them to see if you need to send a second set of documents to them.
If I graduated or am going to graduate from UCI, do I need to submit my undergraduate transcript to the Graduate Division?
Yes, ALL new graduate students are required to submit their final transcript with the degree conferral prior to enrolling in classes.
Can I defer my admission to UCI?
Yes, in many cases you can. If you have been admitted but cannot attend the quarter for which you were admitted, you may request your department to let you defer for a maximum of one year. Deferments are at the department’s discretion and are not guaranteed. If approved, your program should notify the Graduate Division so that your admissions records can be updated. You will need to submit an SIR again using the paper form prior to enrolling as a student.
I was previously enrolled as a graduate student, but was not able to complete the program. How can I reapply to complete my program?
You will need to create a new profile and submit a new online application and pay the application fee. If your tests scores are still valid, you do not need to resubmit them. Contact the Graduate Division to request that copies of previously submitted transcripts be sent to your program. Transcripts for any academic work done since your previous application should be submitted to your program. Your department may request that you submit new letters of recommendation.
How can I find out about financial support?
You can find general information here.
Contact the academic program for specific information.
If you are interested in federal financial aid, information is available on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website
How much does it cost to attend graduate school at UCI?
Tuition and fees (subject to change), may be found on the University Registrar's website.
I have a question about completing the application. How can I get help?
Please reread the directions carefully. If you still have a question, send us an email.
While working on my application, I got a system error. What should I do?
Send an e-mail to the Webmaster.
I have a question that is not answered here. Who can help me?
Send us an e-mail , and please allow 24 hours for a response.
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