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Admission Prerequisites

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 Admission Policies
Resources for Undocumented Students (AB 540)
UCSD General Catalog
MFA Program's FAQ

International Applicants

International applicants should possess the following:

  • The equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree, with above average scholarship, granted by a non-U.S. university or university-level institution.
  • 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

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


The MFA Program does not require the Graduate Record Examination.

2015 Admissions

Application Opens
September 1, 2014

Application Deadline

December 1, 2014
@11:59pm Pacific

Admission Notifications
February 2015

Program Begins
September 2015

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MFA Contact

(858) 534-8849