Graduate Admissions FAQs

Q: What is the application deadline, and what is the next available term?
A: The UC San Diego Application for Graduate Admission is currently open for Fall 2022 admission! The application will close on December 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. Admission is given for Fall quarter only.

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

  • Statement of Purpose (Online)
  • Three letters of Recommendation (Online)
  • Official Transcripts (from all institutions attended, scanned and uploaded directly to graduate application)*
  • General GRE Score (waived for the Fall 2022 admission cycle)
  • TOEFL Score Results (international students only - Online)

*Official transcripts will be requested if you are admitted to our program. At that time, students will be required to submit official transcripts to the University Graduate Division Admissions Office. Do not send transcripts until you have been notified by the Department.

Q: What is the UC San Diego code needed to send exam scores for the GRE (optional) and TOEFL?
A: UC San Diego code 4836

Q: What is the minimum/average GRE score?
A: There is no minimum GRE score set by the Department or University. However, our faculty look highly upon the quantitative score for the GRE. Most of our admitted students have close to an 800 in that section. We, in general, do not admit students below a 700 in that section, 1100 overall.

Q. What is the average GPA for accepted students?
A. 3.6

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 85
    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: There is no need to check the status of your application. If you are missing any part of your application, you will be contacted directly by the Graduate Advisor from the department.

Q: When is the TOEFL waived?
A: The TOEFL is required of all international students. The only exceptions to this rule are as follows:

  • If the student is a permanent resident.
  • If the student has already been awarded a degree from a US institution of higher education.

Q: Fees for applying:
A: Domestic Fee: $120.00, International Fee: $140.00

Q: What is the timeline to hear a result?
A: If a student applies by the application deadline, they can expect an admission result (via email) around the middle of March.

Q: Where do I send transcripts if requested?
A: Official transcripts are not required until after you have been offered and have accepted admission, and Grad Admissions will provide additional instructions. For application review purposes, scanned and uploaded copies of transcripts are acceptable. 



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 $32,273.52 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 initial 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.  All students can apply for departmental teaching assistant or readership positions which provides some fee assistance when employed at 25% or more.  Click the link for more information:

If you are interested in enrolling in Nanoengineering or Chemical Engineering classes without being matriculated in a degree program you may do so through the Concurrent Enrollment Program.

Normally, UC San Diego 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 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.