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U.S. Applicants

Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents should possess the following academic qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in coursework completed in the final two years of undergraduate study and any post-baccalaureate study.

See Also

Office of Graduate Studies
UCSD General Catalog
Resources for Undocumented Students (AB 540)

MFA Program's FAQ

International Applicants

International applicants should possess the following:

  • Proficiency in the English language, demonstrated by attaining a minimum score on the TOEFL or IELTS test. (Required for applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted year at a university-level institution in a country where English is the official language.)
  • Eligibility for a graduate student visa.

See Also

International Students & Programs Office
Office of Graduate Studies
UCSD General Catalog
MFA Program's FAQ


The MFA Program does not require the Graduate Record Examination.

2014 Admissions

Application Period
Sep.1 - Dec.2, 2013 only

Deadline to Apply
Dec. 2 @11:59pm Pacific

Applicants Notified
February 2014

Program Begins
September 2014

Start here.

MFA Contact

(858) 534-8849