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Admission Prerequisites

U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

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 Admission Policies
Resources for Undocumented Students (AB 540)
UCSD General Catalog

International Applicants

International applicants should possess the following:

  • The equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree, with above average scholarship, granted by a university-level institution.
  • Proficiency in the English language, demonstrated by attaining a minimum scoreon 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

Office of Graduate Studies Admission Policies
Office of Graduate Studies International Admissions Policies
International Students & Programs Office
UCSD General Catalog


Can I apply to the MFA program if I have an advanced academic degree?
You may apply if you do not possess an MFA degree. University policy prohibits duplication of advanced academic degrees.

I completed a three-year bachelor's degree at a foreign university—is it equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's for admission purposes?
The general rule is that international applicants must have a bachelor’s degree that represents four years of study or else a master’s degree; however, academic records from foreign universities will be evaluated on an individual basis.

2015 Admissions

Application Period
September 1–December 1, 2014

Admission Notifications
February 2015

Program Begins
September 2015

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