University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division

Graduate Admissions

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University Office Building, Room 116   Tel: (951) 827-3313      Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
900 University Avenue                            Fax: (951) 827-2238                 Closed from 12:00PM-1:00PM
Riverside, CA 92521                               E-mail:

                          FALL 2017 APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

Welcome from the Dean

Read the Dean's welcome message to new and prospective graduate students

Deadlines for Application

Check the schedule to find the deadlines for applications

New Applicants

If you are applying to UCR as a graduate student for the first time, or if you have applied before but were not admitted, complete all parts of the Application for Admission and submit the appropriate application fee. PLEASE REVIEW ALL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS TO THE LEFT.

  • $80.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents for all programs except the  MBA, MPAc and MFIN programs
    • $100.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents for the MBA, MPAc and MFIn programs
  • $100.00 for international/non-immigrant applicants for all programs except the MBA, MPAc and MFIN programs
    • $125.00 for international/non-immigrant applicants for the MBA, MPAc and MFIn programs

The nonrefundable application fee must be paid by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) prior to submission of your application.

The Bourns College of Engineering pays the graduate application fee ($80) for all Domestic applicants, for the following graduate programs: Bioengineering, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

If you are a domestic applicant who is a current or recent participant in a special program (i.e., GEM, McNair, UC LEADs, CAMP, LSAMP, etc.,), you may qualify for an application fee waiver. Please complete and save the first three sections of the application and contact the Graduate Admissions Office: 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.


If you filed an application for graduate admission at UCR within the last year and were admitted but did not register, submit a new application and appropriate application fee, and any additional or updated information or records. If you applied for admission more than one year ago, you must submit a new application, and all required materials.

Readmission/Change of Major/Add a Major Applications

If you have ever registered as a graduate student at UCR, whether you completed a graduate program or not, complete all parts of the Application for Admission. The application fee must be submitted with the application for readmission requests.

Formal application for readmission is NOT required for:
  • Students returning from an official leave of absence
  • Currently enrolled UCR graduate students changing their degree objective

If you fit one of the above two categories and need assistance with returning to UCR, registering and enrolling, contact your department or Graduate Academic Affairs.

To apply to change or add a major you need to fill out the application for admission. Your GRE scores and transcripts are already on file but you will still need to list what institutions you attended.  Also, fill out the Personal History Statement and Statement of Purpose (indicating why you wish to change/add programs) and provide a minimum of one letter of recommendation directed towards the program you want to enter (change of major) or from the Graduate Advisor of your current program (add a major). Do not use letter(s) of recommendation written for the program you are in currently. Your program may request additional letters of recommendation. If you are only submitting one letter of recommendation list the program coordinator’s contact information for the other two entries.

 Once you fill out the application, save it. DO NOT HIT SUBMIT.  Do not pay the application fee. Then contact the staff in the department to which you are applying and inform them you are changing your major.  They will contact the Graduate Division and instruct us to process your application without a fee.  If you pay the fee you will not be reimbursed! 

 Be aware that any financial support that you have received for your current major will not automatically apply to the new major.

 International students:

If you are a foreign student you will need to provide proof of financial support as well. Please speak to the International Student Resource Center about your request to change or add majors. They will discuss with you any issues regarding your visa.

Admission Criteria

Read the general requirements for admission into UCR graduate programs

Fees, Fellowships and Financial Assistance

Quarterly schedule of fees and tuition is located on the general UCR website. Additional information about fellowship awards and other financial opportunities for graduate students.

California Residency for Tuition Purposes

10 Things Graduate Students Need To Know About CA Residence for Purposes Of Tuition And Fees

Additional information about California Residency for Tuition Purposes can be found on the University of California, Riverside website.

Review and Notification

Detailed review and initial recommendation to admit is made by the programs. However, only the official letter of admission from the Dean of the Graduate Division constitutes approval of admission to a graduate program at UCR, not correspondence with a program or with an individual faculty member.

The Graduate Admissions Office will make every effort to notify you of your admission status as soon as possible after receiving the admission recommendation from the program to which you are applying.

Duplication of Degree

Permission to work for a second master's degree in a NEW area may be approved on the individual merit of the application when there is little or no close relationship between the two subjects. Duplication of a master's degree in the same field is not permitted, and duplication of a doctorate is not permitted, regardless of the field of study. For example, if you hold an MS in Entomology you will not be approved to enter our master's program in Entomology but could be approved to enter a master's program in Statistics.

Medical Insurance Requirement

The University requires, as a condition of registration, that all graduate and professional students, including international students (on non-immigrant visas), have medical insurance coverage that meets the University's minimum requirements. A campus plan meeting these requirements is available. Find the appropriate contact for details regarding the campus Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP) or regarding the campus minimum requirements.

Fellowship recipients whose awards pay all assessed registration fees will have their premiums paid by the fellowship. Students who can demonstrate comparable insurance coverage from another source may apply to be exempted from the mandatory plan. Students awarded the exemption have the GSHIP fee removed from their bill but do not receive any monetary compensation. Deadlines for applying for the exemption are firm.

Ethnic Identity and U.S. Military Service

Providing information about your ethnic identity or U.S. Military service is voluntary. The Graduate Admissions Office uses ethnicity information to measure the effectiveness of its efforts towards achieving diversity and to fulfill state and federal reporting requirements. Information concerning veteran status allows our campus to provide information about campus resources for veterans.

Social Security Number Disclosure

Providing your Social Security Number on the UCR graduate application is voluntary. This information is used to match your applicant file to GRE/GMAT test scores received electronically and is required for the processing of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application. Without this piece of matching criteria, all test score verification and subsequent application processing could be delayed. In addition, the Social Security Number is required before the dispersal of any stipend, fee payment or employment salary as part of a Graduate Fellowship or Financial Support package. Applicants without Social Security Numbers will have financial aid award packaging delayed. If not provided on the original graduate application, newly admitted students would be required upon arrival on campus to present the actual Social Security Number card for verification at the Office of the Registrar.

State of California Information Practices Act

The State of California Information Practices Act of 1977 requires the University to provide the following information to applicants for admission who are asked to supply information about themselves; The principal purpose for requesting the information on this form is to process your application for admission for which positive identification of academic records and test scores is required. In addition, if you are applying for financial aid, positive identification must be determined as well as eligibility for aid. Maintenance of this information is authorized by University policy. The officials responsible for maintaining the information contained on the application are the Chairperson of the program to which you are applying and the Dean of the Graduate Division.

UCR Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, employment, and treatment in University programs and activities. Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action officer, (951) 827-5604.

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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