What is the minimum GPA to apply?

The required minimum undergraduate GPA to apply is a 3.0 on a 4.0 U.S. Scale. To apply to the Ph.D. program, the suggested minimum graduate GPA is 3.5 out of a 4.0.

If my GPA falls under the minimum requirement(s) am I still able to apply?

Yes. You can still apply however, please keep in mind that you will be up against a large pool of other applicants that do meet and exceed the minimum requirements. 

Am I able to apply prior to completing my Bachelors or Master’s degree?

Yes. You will need to request and mail an official transcript from the University in which you are attending, through the current semester/quarter.

Are prerequisite courses required prior to applying?

If admitted, a new student might also be encouraged to take prerequisite courses if necessary, however to apply prerequisite courses are NOT a requirement to be considered.

My background is in a different field. Would I still be considered for admission? And are prerequisite courses required prior to applying?

An applicant will be considered regardless of academic background. However, a basis of knowledge is important when considering any graduate studies. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate interest and potential for research and academic success in their statement of purpose on their application.

Am I able to apply to multiple programs at for the same admission cycle?

Yes, you can. You will need to submit a separate online application, application fee, letters of recommendation, and transcripts for each program. However, you only need to submit test scores, such as GRE or TOEFL once, then UCI's Graduate Division will distribute the scores electronically to each program's application.

Are financial documents required when applying?

No. International applicants may be required to submit proof of funding as part of the application process at a later date.  You will be notified if you are required to submit proof of funding.

If you have any further questions that may not have been answered from this page, please visit UCI's Graduate Division FAQ page

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