Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?

Admission is for the Fall quarter only, and to be fully considered for admission and financial support, we strongly urge Ph.D. applicants to complete their application by the deadline of December 17, 2023, for Fall 2024 admissions. The deadline for M.S. applicants is December 17, 2023.

What documentation do I need to submit?

The materials needed for graduate applications are listed at this site.

Where should I send official transcripts?

Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to the application. After you are admitted and submitted a positive SIR, your official transcript and proof that you earned your degree(s) should be mailed to the address below:

University of California, Irvine
Graduate Division - Transcripts
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180

If you earned your degree at a U.S. institution and your school is able to securely transmit your degree posted transcript to UCI electronically, you may have the transcript sent to If your educational institution only allows you one sealed copy, you may bring it with you when you arrive to UC Irvine and turn it in, in person.


What is the minimum GPA requirement?

A cumulative GPA of 3.20 during undergraduate study is recommended for admission.

What is the minimum GRE score?

GRE scores will be waived for Fall 2024 applications.

What is the minimum TOEFL score? Is the requirement to be a Teaching Assistant different?

Normally, the campus requirement for minimum TOEFL is 80 on the internet based test (IBT) and at least 550 on the paper-based test (PBT.) We recommend a TOEFL score of at least 90. In order to establish eligibility for appointment as a UCI Teaching Assistant (TA), international students who are not citizens of countries where English is either the primary or dominant language are required to pass an oral English proficiency exam approved by the UCI campus. Students can fulfill this requirement by passing one of the following exams: TSE, TOEFL (must have 26 or higher in Speaking portion), SPEAK, or TOEP. More information on the English Proficiency requirement is available here. Please note, for Fall 2023 applications, exceptions to the TOEFL requirement can be sought on a case-by-case basis, if adequately justified.