Admission: Application for Graduate Admission

Applicants are expected to be aware of all requirements and to submit all required information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Starting and continuing an application

What should I do if I started an application prior to November 13, but did not submit it?

Regrettably, it has not been possible to transfer the information you provided before November 13 into our new graduate application system. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. You will need to begin a new application.
Click here to Return and Start New Application

What should I do if I started a new application after November 16.

Click here to Return and Continue Your Application

If you submitted your application prior to November 13:

When you log in, you will not be able to see all of your information, but you will be able to see the status of your Letter of Recommendation requests. Please be assured, we have received your application.

I applied last year and am having trouble logging in to apply for this year.

If you applied to UCLA last year, please use this link to create a new application: https://apply.grad.ucla.edu/apply/

Navigating the application

I am in AB540 or DACA status. What should I do?

Complete the entire application. On the Citizenship page, indicate your country of citizenship. For visa type, select NN if you are in AB540 status. If you are in DACA status, select DA.

I can’t find my major in your list in the Plans for Graduate Study section.

You probably started an application for Winter 2018 or Spring 2018 and most programs at UCLA only consider applications for Fall. Check to see if you intended to select Fall 2018.

I entered my birth state, but it doesn’t save.

This issue is now resolved! Please log in to your application, enter your birth state, and continue.

I am applying for the MS in Bioengineering, but I can’t enter my specialization or ESAP eligibility.

This issue is now resolved! Please log in to your application, be sure Bioengineering is selected on the Plans for Graduate Study section, and you will see a new section for Bioengineering.

I can’t find my school in the Academic History section.

Type only two or three letters of the main word in the institution’s name. (Search for a University of California by typing UC, for a Cal State by typing CSU.) If after several variations, you still don’t find your institution, type Other and the first three letters of your country or US state. An option for Other Institution in [country/state] can then be selected. Remember that you need to send official transcripts from all institutions where you sought or earned a degree!

Letters of Recommendation

I can’t find the Letter of Recommendation section.

Complete the Plans for Graduate Study section of the application first. Then the Letter of Recommendation section will appear.

I need Interfolio to upload my Letters of Recommendation.

Enter the email address(es) provided by Interfolio for recommenders in your application. Instruct Interfolio to answer all questions on the recommendation forms with the option Dossier Service Completion.

I was directed by an email from UCLA to request my letters of recommendation while UCLA attempted to import my application data, which I did. Now that I have to start and submit and new application, what happened to my letters?

In the new application you’ve created, on the Letters of Recommendation page, if a recommender submitted their recommendation, you will see an option to import that letter into your new application. If you do not see this option, we suggest you re-request your letters by selecting “Add A Recommender” for each of your recommendation requests.

Submission and payment

I paid for my application but was told it was not yet submitted.

Please forward the receipt you received. We will mark your payment as complete, and you will be able to see this in your status.

I can’t find my test scores or transcripts on the Application Status page.

Application Status is not yet linked to display test scores and documents received from external sources.

I received an email with the subject line “DISCREPANCY.”

Please don’t worry. These refer to minor data issues related to personal information you submitted and do not affect review of your application. There may be an applicant or student already in the database who has the same name and a very similar birthdate. Perhaps you applied before under a different name. We want to be sure your data is correct and loaded correctly, and we may need your help to determine if a correction is needed. We send hundreds of these emails near major deadlines (e.g., November 1, December 1, December 15), and it may take several days for us to get back to you when you respond.

Other questions?

Please e-mail onlineapphelp@grad.ucla.edu. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience during the Thanksgiving holiday.