Steps To Apply to a UCLA Graduate Program

Applying to UCLA for graduate school is a multi-step process.

Step 1. Explore UCLA’s 121 degree programs.

1. EXPLORE OUR 121 DEGREE PROGRAMS

Start by exploring programs to determine which are a good fit for your goals:

This is a big step in your career. You’ll find every UCLA program competes well across grad school rankings, quality of our faculty and research facitities, and graduate student support—both financial and academic.

2. Choose a program that's right for you.

2. CHOOSE A PROGRAM THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

After comparing programs, if you still have questions, reach out to the department through their website. UCLA allows you to apply to only one program per application period. Now might be a good time to schedule a campus visit.

Step 3. Read application requirements.

3. READ APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Some requirements apply to all UCLA applicants: UCLA-wide admission requirements.

After reviewing these, jump straight to program-specific admission requirements by typing a program’s name below:

Admission requirements covers admission criteria, fees, and international applicants. Questions still? Check our FAQs. Most outstanding questions can be answered by the department through their website.

Step 4. Apply online.

4. APPLY ONLINE

Ready to apply? The online application will walk you through all application steps. You can pause and return to the application at any time. In most cases we’ll ask you to submit supplemental material within the app.

Four professional schools offer a specialized application process. See their sites for their own steps and admissions requirements: UCLA School of DentistryUCLA School of LawAnderson School of Management, and David Geffen School of Medicine.

Questions about whether we received your supplemental application materials can be directed to your specific program.

Step 5. Application decisions announced February-April.

5. APPLICATION DECISIONS ANNOUNCED

We announce decisions for fall applications starting in February and continuing through Summer. Each program has a different review period that follows its admission deadline. For questions about decisions and offers of financial support, contact your program directly.

Step 6. Decide & accept.

6. DECIDE & ACCEPT

Once you’re admitted, huge life changes are ahead. If you decide to attend UCLA, know that we’ll do everything we can to support you throughout your academic career.

7. Transition to UCLA

7. TRANSITION TO UCLA

Congratulations on joining UCLA’s community of talented and enthusisastic students and alumni. Your next steps are all right here—searching for an apartment, meeting your fellow classmates, figuring out where the best coffee shops are, and attending the welcome reception and your program’s orientation events:


Still have questions? Check out our UCLA Grad Admissions FAQs.