University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division

Admission Criteria

UC Riverside Graduate Admission Criteria

The fundamental requirement for admittance to graduate programs at UC Riverside is a bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by the University of California.

But just having a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee admittance to a UCR graduate program, since the number of qualified applicants annually exceeds the number of places available. As a result, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated.

How Selections are Made

Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including the student’s:

  • Academic degrees and record
  • Statement of Purpose & Personal History Statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test scores
  • Relevant experience

The appropriateness of the applicant's goals to the degree program and its relationship to the research interests of the faculty is also considered.

Because professions need a diverse membership and because the educational experience is enhanced by a diverse student body, UCR views as a high priority the enrollment of men and women from different backgrounds and from different demographic and ethnic groups.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238