The Summer and Fall 2021 application will open for all graduate programs by October 1, 2020. Please check back the week of September 21, 2020 as we may have the application open for some programs.

Admissions Criteria

  •  A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by the University of California. 
  • A minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or B-equivalent (if GPA is not on a 4.0 scale). We recommend that you check with the graduate program as they may have a higher standard for their GPA requirements. If your GPA is below this, follow up with the graduate program you are interested. Applications are reviewed in their entirety and the program can look at your other components and advise you on potential admission.
  • All applications are initially reviewed by the graduate program before a recommendation is submitted to the Graduate Division for final approval. Please visit your the graduate program's website you are interested in for any program specific requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Below is a breakdown of our graduate application with information about each section you are required to complete. Additional instructions are provided in the online application to assist you in providing a complete application.

Transcripts with most recent grades or final grades (if degree has been awarded) and degree posting or degree certificate are required for the review process from all academic institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school). These documents need to be sent directly to the graduate program you are applying to. Do not send them to Graduate Admissions office.  If you have attended an institution located outside of the U.S., visit International Academic Records for detailed document requirements.

UNOFFICIAL transcripts are only required for the initial program review. Official transcripts will only be required if you are admitted and accept our offer.

  • Make sure to include complete scanned copies of the front and back of each page of provided transcripts and degree certificates. Transcripts and degree certificates can be provided as indicated below.
    • Upload to Additional Information section of the Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement tab within the online application.
    • Email scanned copies directly to the graduate program you are applying to.

Applicants should plan to take the GRE prior December to ensure the timely receipt of their test scores for fellowship and admission consideration. Keep in mind that it may take a minimum of two weeks for test scores to reach us from ETS. Test Scores submitted may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you or sent elsewhere.

GRE Requirement

The GRE general test is required of all applicants with exceptions noted below. Only the Physics graduate program requires 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. UCR's school code is 4839. GRE department and major codes can be found here. If you are ETS has not assigned a major code to the graduate program you are interested in, you can select Undecided (0000). For more information on the GRE exam, visit ETS.

The 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. 

GMAT Requirement

The GMAT exam is only required by the A. Gary Anderson School of Management (AGSM) for those applicants applying to the MPAc, MFin, MBA, or PhD programs. All AGSM programs accept the GMAT or GRE general exam. For more information on the GMAT exam, visit Graduate Management Admission Council.

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 passing current exam scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test Scores submitted may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you or sent elsewhere. 

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 any student whose first language is not English. 


This exam is administered by ETS 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 revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT. We do not accept the TOEFL MyBest™ scores recently offered by ETS. Scores reported to UCR will be evaluated based on an exam where all sections were scored from one exam date. Results from multiple exams cannot be combined to create a super score.  We strongly advise you to be aware of the deadline for the program to which you are applying. Visit ETS for more information about this exam. UCR's school code is 4839. GRE department and major codes can be found here. If ETS has not assigned a major code to the graduate program you are interested in, select 99.


UCR also accepts 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 overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS exam score. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the electronic score to UCR. For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, visit IELTS.

Applicants will be able to enter their recommenders' information directly into our online 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 applicant's 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 able 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. 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. 

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 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. 

The appropriateness of the applicant’s goals to the degree program and its relationship to the research interested of the faculty is also considered. Please check with the graduate program for more information on what relevant experience they are looking for as well as any addition program requirements that must be provided to review the application like:

  • Writing Samples
  • Articles
  • Projects
  • Course prerequisites

A non-refundable application fee is required, and payment can be made using (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) prior to submitting your online application. As application fees vary, please review the below table to determine your required application fee. 

Domestic (U.S. Citizens & U.S. Permanent Residents)

  • All programs except the MPAc, MFin, and MBA: $105
  • MPAc, MFin, and MBA programs: $125

International (Non-Immigrant/Visa Student)

  • All programs except the MPAc, MFin, and MBA: $125
  • MPAc, MFin, and MBA programs: $150

Fee Waivers are available to qualified domestic applicants only. Waivers are not automatically granted and need to be approved prior to submission of your application. Only one fee waiver is allowed per student, per application period. We cannot issue refunds for any application fees already paid.