Accelerated Status Program
Exceptionally promising UCI undergraduate Engineering students may, during their junior, senior, or fifth year, apply for streamlined admission into a graduate program within The Samueli School of Engineering.
Program Eligibility Requirements:
- Be in their 3rd year or beyond of undergraduate study.
- Must also hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.5+ OR be in the Campuswide Honors Program.
- Must have completed one quarter of 199 Individual Research within Engineering OR one Engineering graduate course numbered 200-289.
How to Petition
Students are required to submit an Accelerated Status Petition Form, as well as the Faculty Advisor Recommendation Form and Letter (in a signed, sealed envelope) to the Graduate and Professional Studies (204 Rockwell Engineering Center). Students may join the Accelerated Status Program at any time in 3rd year or later. It is recommended to join as early as possible to take advantage of the opportunities provided. Students are strongly encouraged to petition no later than December 1st of their last undergraduate year.
What are the advantages of this status?
The Accelerated Status Program assists students in their preparation for graduate study by offering a head start on coursework as well as by allowing students to create an advisor/advisee relationship early.
Students in the Accelerated Status Program can begin their graduate coursework while still an undergraduate student. If students are offered MS admissions, they may petition to transfer up to 18 units of their MS degree requirements. If students are offered PhD admission, they may petition to waive up to 18 units of their MS degree requirement. If units were earned during undergraduate study, a letter from your undergraduate counselor is required stating coursework was not used towards bachelor degree. In addition, Accelerated Status students are eligible for reimbursement of their UCI Engineering graduate application fee.
Students within the program are also exempt from UCI's GRE requirement for MS graduate school admission. Students applying directly to the Ph.D. program will still need to complete the GRE requirement. Accelerated Status applicants are otherwise evaluated in the same manner as other applicants to the School's graduate programs.
Lastly, students within the program may apply for undergraduate research fellowship funding on a quarterly basis (including summer). The maximum funding amounts awarded for this fellowship will vary every year (typically $3000 maximum) and requires matching funds from a faculty advisor. This fellowship can be requested for up to 3 quarters during his/her undergraduate career (they do not need to be consecutive quarters). There is a separate Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application for this process.
Important notes about applying to graduate school
- Completing the Accelerated Status Program Petition does not mean that the student has applied nor been admitted for graduate admission to the University.
- In addition, this program is designed for students applying for graduate school immediately after their undergraduate completion.
- Benefits such as application fee reimbursement and GRE waiver are automatically applicable if the student applies to the graduate program(s) within the same academic department as their undergraduate major(s). For students interested in applying to other graduate programs, applicants should consult with the admissions chair of that graduate program.
If you are interested in learning more about this option, please schedule a meeting with a Graduate Counselor by calling 949-824-8090.