The Fall 2024 application is open. Visit our Deadlines page for upcoming deadlines for Winter and Spring 2025.

Graduate school is a big commitment on your part, so choosing the right graduate program is an important decision. Explore the 50+ graduate programs offered at Riverside. Talk to our graduate programs' coordinators and faculty to see if this will be the right fit for you. We understand that applying involves coordinating and providing the required application materials, so feel free to use the below information and links to help you build your graduate application to UCR.


Prior to applying, we encourage you to verify that you are applying to the correct program and term, and that you can meet all program requirements. The online application will prompt you to enter information about your academic history, test score information, and recommenders' contact information. You will also upload your Statement of Purpose and Personal History Statement and any other departmental required documentation.

If you have previously applied to a graduate program at UCR, personal information from your previous application will be added to your new application.

When submitting your online application, you will want to check the graduate program website for more information on when you will need to submit your supporting application materials (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, writing samples, etc.). Most application materials should be uploaded directly to your application. Once submitted, applicants also have access to uploading updated or corrected application materials. Letters of recommendation will be uploaded to your application by each recommender. You will receive email confirmation after each letter is received.

Due to the expense of applying to graduate school, submitting unofficial transcripts and test scores are welcomed for the program review process. If admitted and you choose to accept, official copies will be requested then.

Upon submission, your application will be sent directly to the graduate program for review. You can check the status of your application materials received, resend email request to your letter recommenders, and view your admission decision through the online application.

Decisions occur year-round, but most of the decisions for Fall quarter take place January - May. If no decision has been made, the graduate program can provide you an update on the status of your application or documents not received by their office. Once the graduate program has made an admission recommendation and fellowship nomination (if applicable), they will forward your application to Graduate Admissions for final approval. Once a final decision has been reached, you will received official notification by email only.