University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



Application Requirements for US Citizens and Permanent Residents


Application Fee

The nonrefundable $80.00 application fee ($100.00 for M.B.A./M.P.Ac./M.Fin./Flex M.B.A. applicants only) must be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover) prior to submission of your application.

This fee is devoted to the administrative cost of processing an application, and is not refundable regardless of the outcome of an application.

If you are a domestic applicant who is a current or recent participant in a special program (i.e., McNair, UC LEADs, CAMP, LSAMP, etc.,), you may qualify for an application fee waiver. Please complete and save the first two sections of the application and contact the Graduate Admissions Office: grdadmis@ucr.edu or (951) 827-3313. Do not pay or submit your application prior to contacting our office, as we are unable to waive or refund an application fee once it has already been paid.

Graduate Program Applications

Graduate programs in some areas require special program applications or supplements in addition to the Application for Graduate Admission. As applicants are expected to be aware of all requirements, please refer to Program Information for your proposed major for specifics.

Submitting Application Materials

Completing and submitting the electronic application online is only part of the application process. You must also provide the following supplementary documents/forms to the attention of the graduate adviser in the program to which you are applying.

All required application materials (including transcripts) should be mailed to:

UCR Main Campus (all programs except Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing)                  

Graduate Advisor                                                                                                        
Graduate Program in (list program name here)                  
University of California                                                                                               
900 University Avenue                                                                                            
Riverside, CA 92521 USA                                                                                          

UCR Palm Desert (Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing)

Program Manager - Agam Patel
Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing

University of California, Riverside
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Transcripts

It is very important that all transcripts be sent directly to the graduate program to which you are applying.  If they are sent to the Graduate Admissions Office, the review of your application will be delayed.

You must submit one official copy of transcripts from ALL U.S. academic institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school) to the academic program to which you are applying. There are two ways to do this.

  • Have official copies of your transcripts sent directly from the registrars of the academic institutions
  • Request official copies and send them yourself in the original sealed envelopes. DO NOT OPEN THEM.

If you have attended an institution located outside of the U.S., please visit the Required Academic Records From International Institutions page for detailed document requirements.

Please note that some US institutions have an electronic system of providing transcripts. This format is accepted for initial review purposes only. If an admitted applicant accepts our offer of admission a final official hard-copy transcript will be required from the institution's Office of the Registrar (not electronic format) before admission can be finalized.

Statement of Purpose/Personal History Statement

Applicants must submit these essays directly into their online application. Please note that each essay should not duplicate the other. We also do not accept a personal resume or curriculum vitae as a response to either essay.

The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to state your specific interests with respect to the program to which you are applying. Your intended area of specialization, career objectives and research interests and experience are of particular interest.

The Personal History Statement is your opportunity to discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants will be able to enter their recommenders' information directly into their electronic application. Recommenders will be notified electronically and provided instructions on how to submit a letter online. All letters of recommendation must be received electronically so they are attached to the applicants file for review.

Graduate programs require three (3) letters of recommendation. Submitting more than three letters does not improve your standing as an applicant. At least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject. The most important aspect of letters of recommendation is that they be completed by individuals who are in a position to analyze your academic ability and potential for success in a rigorous graduate program. If you wish to submit a letter from an employer, please contact the graduate program advisor to determine if this will be acceptable. Please note if you are applying to the M.P.Ac., M.Fin., M.B.A., and Flex M.B.A., letters from an employer are acceptable. All letters of recommendation must be in English. If you have been enrolled in a previous graduate program, it is required that one letter be from your research or program advisor in that graduate program.

Applicants using Interfolio's online portfolio service can have their letters uploaded to our online application using Interfolio's "Web Delivery" Method. To do so, please follow the step-by-step instructions located within the Reference Information section of the online application.

If you wish to waive your right to inspect the letters of recommendation, mark the appropriate box below the reference information. Only enrolled UCR students are permitted to inspect letters of recommendation for which they did not waive their right to access. Letters of recommendation cannot be released to the applicant and cannot be forwarded elsewhere.

Supplementary Fellowship Application

Applicants who are applying to all programs will be able to fill this form out on their application.

We encourage all domestic applicants to submit this form so they may be considered for all awards for which they might qualify. This optional form is for domestic applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based diversity fellowships.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an advanced degree at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This exam is administered by the Educational Testing Service and offered in nearly every country abroad. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the written exam; 213 for the computer-based exam, and 80 for the internet-based exam (iBT). We strongly advise you to be aware of the deadline for the program to which you are applying. Dates and information for TOEFL may be obtained by contacting the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at the address below, by calling 1-877-863-3546, or by consulting the TOEFL Web site. Fellowship applicants should take the exam in time to meet the program deadline. Keep in mind that it may take up to two weeks for test scores to reach us from ETS.

Applications for the TOEFL can be obtained from:

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA

Be sure to list the TOEFL institution code for UCR R4839. TOEFL department and major codes can be found here or by contacting prospective programs. If ETS has not assigned a major code to your proposed area of study, instruct them to send your score to your specific program.

Beginning with the Fall 2011 application cycle, UCR will accept scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System IELTS) which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the official TRF to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Graduate Division
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA

For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, consult the IELTS website.

Before performing duties as a Teaching Assistant, any student whose native language is not English must pass an oral English language competency exam upon arrival at UCR. This includes not only international students but also anystudent whose first language is not English.

The Graduate Record Examination

The GRE general test is required of all applicants with exceptions noted below. Some programs also require applicants submit scores from the Subject Test of the GRE. Consult the program to which you are applying for its requirements. Although current scores are preferred, some graduate programs will accept scores from tests taken within the last five years.

GRE scores from the General Test must be submitted for fellowship consideration. We strongly advise you to be aware of the deadline for the program to which you are applying. Dates and information for computer-based testing (CBT) may be obtained by contacting the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at the address below, by calling 1-800-GRE-CALL, or by consulting the GRE Web site. Fellowship applicants should take the exam in time to meet the program deadline. Applicants should plan to take the GRE prior December to ensure the timely receipt of their test scores for admission consideration. Keep in mind that it may take up to four weeks for test scores to reach us from ETS.

Applications for the GRE can be obtained from:

Educational Testing Service
P O Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

Exceptions to the GRE Requirement

Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts (MFA);Experimental Choreography (MFA); Visual Arts (MFA); and Education (MEd only) do not require the GRE exam. Management (MBA) applicants may submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the GRE exam.

Be sure to list the GRE institution code for UCR is 4839. GRE department and major codes can be found here or by contacting prospective programs. If ETS has not assigned a major code to your proposed area of study, instruct them to send your score to your specific program.

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

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University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238
E-mail: graddiv@ucr.edu

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