The 2021 application is now open. 

If you are not familiar when each quarter begins at UCR, please see the quarters available. As some programs are Fall only, we encourage you to visit our Graduate Program page for quarters offered by each program. You will not be able to change the term you are applying to once your application is submitted.


  • Summer - begins mid-June.
  • Fall - begins late September.
  • Winter - begins early January
  • Spring - begins late March/early April.


New Applicants and Reapplicants

If you are applying for the first time or reapplying due to not being admitted, admitted but unable to attend, or admitted and unable to complete your entire first quarter, you will need to complete our standard application.

Domestic (U.S. Citizen and U.S. Permanent Resident)
  • Summer - June 1st
  • Fall - January 5th (Fellowship Consideration*) / August 1st (Admission Only)
  • Winter - November 1st
  • Spring - February 1st
International (Non-Immigrant/Visa Students)
  • Summer - March 1st
  • Fall - January 5th (Fellowship Consideration) / June 1st (Admission Only)
  • Winter - September 1st
  • Spring - December 1st

* Applications received after January 5th will be considered for financial support based on funding availability and if the degree objective selected is eligible for fellowship funding. Please consult with that graduate program prior to applying.


Returning and Continuing Students

If you have ever registered and completed one full quarter of attendance at UCR (whether you completed a graduate program or not) the below deadlines will apply to you. If you are not certain if you meeting the requirements of a returning or continuing student, please visit our Returning & Continuing Student page.

All Students
  • Summer - June 1st
  • Fall - August 1st
  • Winter -  November 1st
  • Spring - March 1st