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Graduate Admission Frequently Asked Questions

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APPLICATION/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND DATA

Q1. Does the department provide “pre-application” reviews?
A1. Prospective applicants should review this page, frequently asked questions, and the department’s annual report to determine their admission competitiveness, and academic and research fit with the university.

Q2. What are the application requirements?
A2. An applicant for admission must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must have the necessary academic preparation to complete graduate level courses in computer science, and must be able to score competitively on the GRE test. The university requires at least a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used. We expect at least a 3.50 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in the junior and senior years, and at least 3.50 in any graduate study.
There are no minimum requirements for the GRE; however, the most competitive applicants earn average or above average scores compared to the computer science applicant pool. (Please see scores below).
International students must submit a TOEFL with a score of at least 87 (computer-based) or 560 (paper-based), or an IELTS with a score of at least 7.0.

Conditional admission is not offered. A transitional or pre-master’s program is not available.

Q3. Do you accept applications for admission for study beginning winter or spring quarter?

A3. No. The computer science department accepts applications for fall quarter only. Applications should be submitted only between mid-September and the deadline of December 1.


Q4. How many applications did you receive last year and how many students were admitted?

A4. Following are data for applicants admitted for study beginning Fall 2016.

M.S. Ph.D.
Applicants 1957   531
Admittees   205     66
Enrollees   106     33


Average GPA of all applicants/admittees: 3.55/3.75 (A=4.0)

Average GRE percentile scores are as follows:

Internat’l Ph.D. applicants/admittees:  V: 55/66;  Q: 93/96;  AW: 32/42;
Domestic Ph.D. applicants/admittees: V: 85/92;  Q: 83/92;  AW: 65/76;
Internat’l M.S. applicants/admittees: V: 62/72;  Q: 92/96;  AW: 36/52;
Domestic M.S. applicants/admittees: V: 74/83th;  Q: 85/91;  AW: 58/71.

 

CLASS PROFILE
Incoming Fall 2016
M.S.
(N=106)
Ph.D.
(N=33)
International 74 (70%) 27 (82%)
Domestic 32 (30%) 6 (18%)
Men 70 (66%) 26 (79%)
Women 36 (34%) 7 (21%)
B.S. recipients 106 (100%) 29 (85%)
M.S. recipients NA 5 (15%)

 

CITIZENSHIP
Incoming Fall 2016
M.S. Ph.D.
Canada 1 (1%)     1 (3%)
China, PRC 44 (41%)   18 (55%)
Denmark 0      1 (3%)
France 0      1 (3%)
India 26 (25%)      1 (3%)
Iran 0      2 (7%)
Korea, Rep. of 1 (1%)      2 (7%)
Macao 1 (1%)      0
Taiwan 0      1(3%)
Thailand 1 (1%)      0
United States 32 (30%)      6 (18%)

Q5. My academic background is not in computer science. Am I eligible to apply to your graduate program?

A5. The vast majority of applicants have a background in computer science. Other majors represented include electrical engineering, math, statistics, and physics. For undergraduate work, we recommend 2 years of calculus (through differential equations and introduction to discreet structures), 1 year of physics (mechanics; Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields); and a statistics course. The M.S. breadth requirement, which most students have partially completed before they enroll in our program, will give you an idea about recommended computer science courses.

An applicant without a strong computer science background may be a very competitive applicant. Having professional experience and as well as having taken courses that are equivalent to prerequisites for upper division undergraduate coursework, and the upper division courses themselves, would be most helpful. Applicants best illustrate their professional experience by succinctly describing their skills and projects in the statement of purpose, and submitting letters of recommendation that relate their achievements and skills to their potential for success in their degree and career objectives.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to take CS courses at U.S. 4-year state universities due to the priority rules favoring admitted, full-time degree seeking students; community colleges typically offer only the prerequisites of the prerequisites; and extension programs offer mainly application courses and not courses equivalent to upper-division courses. However, every course taken and/or work skill achieved leads to a more competitive application. UCLA does not offer a transitional or pre-admission program, and  does not consider applications for a second bachelor’s degree. Courses offered by UCLA Extension that have the exact same course number as the courses offered in UCLA undergraduate and graduate degree programs provide good preparation.

Q6. Will my application be reviewed if any application material is submitted after December 1?

A6. In fairness to applicants and to assure the efficacy of the selection process, we cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed if application material is submitted after the December 1 deadline. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q7. Are “conditional admission” offers made to applicants?

A7. No. All application material must be submitted before admission consideration is given.

Q8. Is a transitional or pre-master’s program offered?

A8. No. Due to the overwhelming number of qualified applicants, a transitional or pre-master’s program is not offered.

Q9. May I apply to the M.S. program if I already have earned or will soon earn a master’s degree? 

A9. You will not be considered for admission into the M.S. program if you already have a master’s degree in computer science or similar discipline such as information sciences or data systems. As with many computer science departments, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats. You are welcome to apply to the Ph.D. program.


APPLICATION/ADMISSION/DOCUMENT STATUS

Q1. Have you received my transcripts (or GRE, TOEFL)?

A1. Unfortunately, we are unable to verify receipt of your transcripts, GRE, or TOEFL. Unlike in previous years, the Graduate Division online document tracking site is not available this year. You will be contacted if any document or application material is missing or needed. Please do not email or call to inquire about receipt of documents as it will delay our efforts to process application material. Our office is able to match test reports and transcripts for nearly all applicants. An applicant is denied admission consideration due to an incomplete file only if he or she does not respond to our request to submit missing material.  PhD decisions will be emailed to all applicants in early February. MS decisions will be emailed out in early March.

Q2. Will my application be reviewed if any application material is submitted after December 1?

A2. In fairness to applicants and to assure the efficacy of the selection process, we cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed if application material is submitted after the December 1 deadline. Please make every effort to submit material by the deadline. Unofficial test scores may be emailed to the computer science department. As with many computer science departments, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q3. When will I be informed of my admission status?

A3. If you are a Ph.D. applicant, you will receive an email notification concerning your admission status by late February. If offered admission, you must accept or decline our offer no later than April 15. M.S. applicants will be notified by late March and must also respond by April 15.

Q4. If I am admitted, may I defer my admission to a future term?

A4. No. The department does not offer admission deferrals. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q5. If I am not admitted, may I re-apply the following year?

A5. Yes. Re-applicants often have strengthened their candidacy. You would need to submit a new online application and new supplemental material. Your test scores will be available as long as they have not become outdated.


CALENDAR/TIMELINE

Q1. When is the deadline to submit application material?
A1. The deadline to submit application material is December 1. In fairness to applicants and to assure the efficacy of the selection process, we cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed if application material is submitted after the December 1 deadline. Please make every effort to submit material by the deadline. Unofficial test scores may be emailed to the computer science department. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q2. When will my application be reviewed?
A2. The faculty begin reviewing Ph.D. applications in December and M.S. applications in January.

Q3. When will I be informed of my admission status?
A3. If you are a Ph.D. applicant, you will receive an email notification concerning your admission status by late February. If offered admission, you must accept or decline our offer no later than April 15. M.S. applicants will be notified by late March and must also respond by April 15.

Q4. When is the university closed for the holidays?
A4. Please visit the university’s academic and administrative calendar.


CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT (CFS): INTERNATIONAL M.S. APPLICANTS ONLY

Q1. When is the deadline to submit the CFS?

A1. PhD applicants need not submit a CFS, as funding is offered to all PhD applicants offered admission. Unfortunately, M.S. applicants are not eligible for departmental financial support. To qualify for a visa to
study in the U.S., international M.S. applicants must demonstrate personal or agency financial support of at least $50,000 for the first year. Prospective M.S. applicants should apply for admission ONLY if they can
provide such documentation, which will be requested if admission is offered, in early March. Information on the cost of attendance is available on the UCLA Graduate Division Cost of Attendance webpage. Specific charges for tuition and fees and non-resident supplemental tuition are listed on the Registrar’s fee page.

Information about university-wide fellowships and grants, and external fellowships may be found at the UCLA Graduate Division funding webpage.

Q2. How much funding must I provide to qualify for a visa to study in the United States?

A2. The total amount of money needed for living and educational expenses for the 2015-2016 academic year for most programs at UCLA, including computer science, is about US $51,000. This includes 1) US about $32,000 for tuition and fees for three quarters, and 2) US about $19,000 for basic living costs (food, rent, laundry, local transportation, books and supplies, etc.). It is estimated that the cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be at least $52,000. PhD international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. (In a few instances, PhD applicants are admitted who have their own agency funding (e.g. Fulbright Fellowship, government/industry support) that meets the anticipated cost of attendance.)


COST OF ATTENDANCE

Q1. What is the cost of attendance at UCLA?

A1. A sample budget for most programs, including computer science, is available on the Graduate Division fees and living expenses webpage. Specific charges for tuition and fees and non-resident supplemental tuition are listed on the Registrar’s fee page.


DEGREE OBJECTIVE AND REQUIREMENTS

Q1. May I apply to both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs?

A1. You may apply to either the Ph.D. program or the M.S. program but not both. Admission to the Ph.D. program is more selective than for the M.S. program. In general, the admissions committee does not consider Ph.D. applicants for admission into the M.S. program and vice versa. While a Ph.D. degree prepares students not only for careers in research and academia, Ph.D. applicants typically demonstrate significant achievement in and/or potential for advancing knowledge through independent research and teaching.
While a M.S. degree prepares students not only for careers in industry, M.S. applicants typically demonstrate interest in developing and applying technical skills and translational knowledge. M.S. applicants should be aware that the selection process is rigorous for M.S. students who later apply for admission into the Ph.D. program.

Q2. May I apply to the M.S. program if I already have earned or will soon earn a master’s degree?

A2. You will not be considered for admission into the M.S. program if you already have a master’s degree in computer science or similar discipline such as information sciences or data systems. As with many computer science departments, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q3. Am I required to have a master’s degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?

A3. No. In the Ph.D. classes beginning study Fall Quarter 2013 and Fall Quarter 2014, 48% and 32%, respectively, had earned only a bachelor’s degree.

Q4. If I am a Ph.D. applicant, may I earn an M.S. degree while completing my Ph.D. at UCLA?

A4. Yes, but only if you have not previously earned an M.S. degree in computer science or related field. You may petition for an M.S. degree as you fulfill the M.S. degree requirements. The Ph.D. Written Qualifying Exam (WQE) may be substituted for the M.S. comprehensive exam or thesis. Degree requirements are listed at the computer science departmental website.

Q5. Does computer science offer a distance learning program?

A5. The computer science M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs do not incorporate distance learning courses. However, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science does offer an online M.S. in Engineering.

Q6. Does computer science offer a part-time program?

A6. No. Students must be registered and enrolled each quarter for a minimum of 12 units. Unless granted a formal leave of absence, students are expected to register every term, including the term in which their degree or certificate is to be awarded. The filing fee may be used in lieu of registration if all formal requirements for the degree, except for filing the thesis or taking the comprehensive examination, are met prior to the first day of instruction of the term.

Q7. What is the time to degree?

A7. The number of terms to complete a degree program varies from student to student. Typically, the M.S. degree is earned in 5 quarters (F, W, Sp, F, W). The average length of time for Ph.D. students to complete their degree is 6 years.


FUNDING

Q1. Do I need to submit an application for departmental funding?

A1. Applicants to the Ph.D. program will automatically be considered for departmental funding; no departmental scholarship application is needed. PhD international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. Awards will be given based on Ph.D. applicants’ academic merit and potential.  Ph.D. applicants are informed of their financial support in their admission offers.
Unfortunately, M.S. applicants are not eligible for departmental financial support. To qualify for a visa to study in the U.S., international M.S. applicants must demonstrate personal or agency financial support of at least $51,000 for the first year. Prospective M.S. applicants should apply for admission ONLY if they can provide such documentation, which will be requested if admission is offered, in early March. Information on the cost of attendance is available on the UCLA Graduate Division Cost of Attendance webpage.

Information about university-wide fellowships and grants, and external fellowships may be found at the UCLA Graduate Division funding webpage.

Q2. How do I apply for a teaching assistantship (TA) position?

A2. The department accepts applications from current students in April for TA positions to be assigned the following academic school year. Ph.D. students fill nearly all TA positions. Assignments are contingent on your eligibility which includes passing CS495: Teaching Assistant Training Seminar, and for non-native speakers of English, passing the university’s Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP). A select group of domestic M.S. admittees are invited during the summer before enrollment to apply for CS TA positions. All M.S. admittees may explore TA opportunities in other academic departments (i.e EE, Math, STAT).

Q3. How do I apply for a graduate student researcher (GSR) position?

A3. PhD admittees are offered financial support as either a graduate student researcher (GSR) or departmental fellow. For M.S. admittees, a limited number of CS GSR positions are available, based on research experience and potential. They are typically secured after enrollment. All M.S. admittees may explore GSR opportunities in other academic departments (i.e EE, Math, STAT) and campus departments.


GRE (GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION)

Average GRE scores are posted above in APPLICATION/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND DATA, Q4.

Q1. What is UCLA’s GRE institution code? What is the GRE department code?

A1. UCLA’s GRE institution code is 4837. The GRE department code is 0402. If you are unable to submit the department code, we will still be able to receive your score report.

Q2. I have completed a master’s degree. Do I need to take the GRE?

A2. Yes, for admission consideration, you must submit an official score report of the GRE general test.

Q3. Is the GRE computer science subject test required?

A3. No. The admissions committee does not review scores of this exam.

Q4. Does either the university or the department require a minimum GRE score?

A4. No. There is no minimum GRE score requirement. However, the most competitive applicants earn average or above average scores compared to the computer science applicant pool.

Q5. I will not receive official GRE scores until after the application deadline. Will I still be considered for admission?

A5. Yes. As long as you complete the exam on or before the December 1 deadline, we will accept the scores. You may email your unofficial verbal and quantitative scores to the computer science department.

If you plan to take or have already taken an additional exam, please make sure that ETS has already sent your first exam report to UCLA before December 1.

Q6. When do GRE results expire?

A6. The test must have been taken within five (5) years of the submission date of the UCLA Graduate Division online application. For example, if you took the exam on October 30, 2011, you would need to complete the UCLA Graduate Division online application no later than October 30, 2016.

Q7. For multiple GREs, which scores do you use?

A7. The department will see all scores from all reports and will post for review the highest score from each of the sections. If you plan to take or have already taken an additional exam, please make sure that ETS has already sent your first exam report to UCLA before December 1.

Q8. Will you receive my GRE report if I did not provide or provided the incorrect department code?

A8. To avoid delays up to several weeks in matching your report to your application, it is important to use the correct institution code, 4837, and the correct department code, 0402. If you did not use the correct codes, we eventually will be able to match your report to your application. We recommend that you upload student reports to the Graduate Division application and email a copy of your student report to the computer science department.

Q9. May I request that ETS send my score report to UCLA before I submit the online application?

A9. Yes. We will be able to match your score report to your online application.


HOUSING

Q1. Is there university housing and, if so, when can I apply?

A1. Space in university housing is limited. If you are interested, please submit an online housing application immediately after admission to the university. The application requires a $30 non-refundable fee. Information is available at the university housing website.

Q2. Are there any special housing arrangements for computer science students?

>A2. The computer science department has been allocated a limited number of spaces to hold for funded, incoming Ph.D. students in Weyburn Terrace/Hilgard Apartments. Estimated monthly payments for the 2014-2015 academic year range from $1,300 to $1,400, including utilities.

Q3. How do students locate housing around UCLA and Los Angeles?

A3. A good place to start is the UCLA Community Housing Office (CHO) which provides an online rental database and maintains additional resources to assist those searching for housing in the Los Angeles area. Please visit the community housing website.


LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Q1. May I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?

A1. Most applicants submit only 3 letters, which is the department’s preference. The Graduate Division online application does allow the names of 4 recommenders to be submitted, and the department will review all letters received.

Q2. Can I change my recommenders or send them reminders?

A2. Yes. The Graduate Division online application allows you to change recommenders and send reminders as needed through the recommendation provider list.

Q3. Can recommendations be sent directly to the department?

A3. We prefer that letters be submitted through the Graduate Division online application process. However, recommenders may mail, fax or email their letters to the following:

Graduate Student Affairs Office

UCLA Computer Science Department

4403 Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596

Fax: (310) 206-8133

Email: gradadm@cs.ucla.edu

No special enclosure or information is needed to match the letter to the applicant.

Q4. May I ask my work supervisors to submit letters of recommendation? I graduated several years ago and am having difficulty contacting my former professors.

A4. We prefer to receive letters from faculty members who are familiar with your academic history, however, we understand that applicants who have graduated several years ago, and/or applicants who have work experience may have recommenders outside of academia. Regardless of who writes the letter, the content should relate your achievements and skills to your potential for success in your degree and career objectives.

Q5. Will my application be considered if my recommenders submit letters after December 1?

A5. Letters and transcripts are due by December 1. Typically, late letters and late transcripts received through December 15 will be reviewed, but their review cannot be guaranteed.


MAJOR (FIELD OF STUDY)

Q1. Am I required to choose a major or field of study within computer science on the Graduate Division online application?

A1. Ph.D. applicants must select a field of study and preferred faculty advisor when submitting the online application. M.S. applicants are not required to selected either a field of study or preferred faculty advisor, however, most do so. Initial faculty advisors are assigned to new M.S. students during the summer before enrollment. M.S. students may choose a broad selection of courses or any combination of courses from the following fields:

Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science Theory

Computer System Architecture

Computational Systems Biology

Databases (Information and Data Management)

Graphics and Vision

Network Systems

Programming Languages and Systems

Ph.D. students choose their major and minor as part of the Proposal of Fields. For more information, Ph.D. applicants may see the Proposal of Fields form and guidelines on the CS Graduate Program webpage. Information about the fields of study and course descriptions are available in the Henry Samueli School of Englineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) Announcement.

Q2. May applicants apply to more than one academic program (e.g. CS and EE)?
A2. No. Applicants may apply to only one academic program, and within that program, only one degree objective.


MBA/MSCS CONCURRENT DEGREE PROGRAM

Q1. How do I apply to the MBA/MSCS Concurrent Degree Program?

A1. Applicants to the MBA/MSCS program submit two online applications including both GRE and GMAT and different sets of recommendations. Admission to both or either is competitive, and there is no guarantee that new or current students in one program will be admitted into the other program. To begin the application process, applicants submit online applications beginning no later than December 1 to the Anderson School for management and to the Graduate Division for computer science.

Q2. What are advantages of completing the concurrent degree program?

A2. Two world-class programs uniquely prepare students for diverse professional challenges and opportunities. Students take 16 fewer quarter units in the concurrent program and are able to complete the requirements for both programs in 3 years.

Q3. Where can I obtain additional information about the program?

A3. Information is available on the Computer Science website and the Anderson School website.


PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT

Q1. In addition to the statement of purpose, is a personal history statement or writing sample required?

A1. The statement of purpose is considered to be the personal history statement and writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested. You may upload a blank document or your SOP as your personal history statement.

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Q1. Are there format or length requirements?

A1. There are no word count or font requirements. Typically, applicants upload a PDF of 1 to 1 1/2 pages in length.

Q2. In addition to the statement of purpose, is a writing sample required?

A2. The statement of purpose is considered to be the writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested. You may upload a blank document or your SOP as your personal history statement.


TOEFL/IELTS (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)

Q1. What is UCLA’s TOEFL institution code? What is the TOEFL department code?

A1. UCLA’s TOEFL institution code is 4837. The TOEFL department code is 78.

Q2. Can my TOEFL/IELTS requirement be waived? I attended an institution at which all instruction was done in English.

A2. If you hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the official spoken language and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, you are exempted from both the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the ESLPE. Your eligibility for an exemption will be verified by the information you provide in the academic history section of your online applicaiton and the official transcripts that you mail to the CS department.

Q3. Will my application still be considered for admission if I scored below the minimum on one of the sections of the TOEFL?

A3. Yes. The computer science department will allow a score below the minimum on one section of the exam if your total TOEFL score is at least 87.

For the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT), the following are the minimum
scores for each section:

  • Writing:  25
  • Speaking:  24
  • Reading:  21
  • Listening:  17

Q4. For multiple TOEFLs, which scores do you use?
A4. We use only the most recent TOEFL scores.

Q5. I will not receive official TOEFL/IELTS scores until after the application deadline. Will I still be considered for admission?
A5. Yes. As long as you complete the exam on or before the December 1 deadline, we will accept the scores. You may email your student report to the CS department (gradadm@cs.ucla.edu). If you plan to take or have already taken an additional exam, please make sure that ETS has already sent your first exam report to UCLA before December 1.

Q6. When do TOEFL/IELTS results expire?

A6. You must have taken the TOEFL within 2 years of the date the online admission application is submitted. For example, if you took the exam on October 30, 2014, you would need to complete the UCLA Graduate Division online application no later than October 30, 2016.

Q7. Will you receive my TOEFL report if I did not provide or provided the incorrect department code?

A7. To avoid delays up to several weeks in matching your report to your application, it is important to use the correct institution code, 4837, and the correct department code, 78. If you did not use the correct codes, we eventually will be able to match your report to your application. We recommend that you upload student reports to the Graduate Division application and email a copy of your student report to the computer science department.

Q8. May I request that ETS send my score report to UCLA before I submit the online application?

A8. Yes. We will be able to match your score report to your online application.

Q9. Where may I find additional information concerning English requirements?

A9. Information on the IELTS, Test of Oral Proficiency, and ESLPE is available at the Graduate Division website.


TRANSCRIPTS (Not required from UCLA students and alumni.)

Q1. How many transcripts are required and where do I send them?

A1. All applicants are required to submit ONE (1) official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts should be mailed to the address below to be received by the December 1 deadline. In-progress transcripts may be submitted. Applicants should mail transcripts as early as possible in the process and not wait until after completing the online application. Our office will match transcripts received early with online applications completed later. A cover sheet is not needed and there are no envelope format or size requirements.

Applicants who are attending or have graduated from a U.S. institution that transmits transcripts electronically, may request to have official transcripts emailed to: gradadm@cs.ucla.edu

UCLA students and alumni

Please note: UCLA students and alumni do not need to submit official copies of UCLA transcripts. We have access to your records.

Graduate Student Affairs Office

UCLA Computer Science Department

4403 Boelter Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596

Q2. I have requested that transcripts be sent to you, but I am concerned that you will not receive them by the deadline of December 1. If they arrive late, will I still be considered for admission?
A2. Typically, late letters and late transcripts received through December 15 will be reviewed, but it cannot be guaranteed. You may upload unofficial transcripts to the Graduate Division online application. This may expedite the department’s initial review of your application; however, a departmental admission recommendation cannot be made to the Graduate Division without receipt of official transcripts.

Transcripts (International Applicants Only Q3-5)

Q3. How do you evaluate transcripts issued in a language other than English?
A3. International credentials issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation. Please submit ONE (1) set of official transcripts in both English and the native language. International applicants should refer to the Graduate Division webpage for information about submission of academic records.

Q4. My university does not assign grades on a 4.0 grade scale. Should I calculate my GPA?
A4. Staff in the computer science graduate student affairs office review and convert, as necessary, the marks or grades of all applicants. The Graduate Division online application asks applicants to submit their grade point average on the scale used by their institutions.

Q5. My official transcripts do not contain all the requested information such as the month and year of award. Do I need to submit a diploma?
A5. A complete academic history must include attested or certified copies of official documents that provide the following: 1) individual subjects or classes with marks or grades; 2) class placement or overall grade; 3) degree certificate that includes degree received and degree conferral date; and 4) institutional marks/grading scale.

Most applicants are in the process of completing a degree. If offered admission, the final transcript indicating the date of the degree conferral may be submitted during the summer. Applicants from India and China who have graduated must submit official copies of their degree certificates along with their final official transcripts.


VISA (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)

Q1. How much funding must I provide to qualify for a visa to study in the United States?

A1. The total amount of money needed for living and educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year for most programs at UCLA, including computer science, is about US $52,000. This includes 1) US about $31,100 for tuition and fees for three quarters, and 2) US about $19,500 for basic living costs (food, rent, laundry, local transportation, books and supplies, etc.). It is estimated that the cost for the 2017-2018 academic year will be at least $52,500. PhD international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. (In a few instances, PhD applicants are admitted who have their own agency funding (e.g. Fulbright Fellowship, government/industry support) that meets the anticipated cost of attendance.)

Unfortunately, M.S. applicants are not eligible for departmental financial support. To qualify for a visa to study in the U.S., international M.S. applicants must demonstrate personal or agency financial support of at least $52,500 for the first year. Prospective M.S. applicants should apply for admission ONLY if they can provide such documentation, which will be requested if admission is offered, in early March. Information on the cost of attendance is available on the UCLA Graduate Division Cost of Attendance webpage.

Information about university-wide fellowships and grants, and external fellowships may be found at the UCLA Graduate Division funding webpage.

Q2. When may I apply for a visa?

A2. The UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars prepares visa documents (Form I-20 for F-1 student visa) from May to September for admitted applicants who have returned the Statement of Intent to Register, Statement of Legal Residence, and CFS that includes the appropriate financial documentation. Please see information on visa procedures on the Graduate Division website.

WRITING SAMPLE

Q1. Is a writing sample required?

A1. The statement of purpose is considered to be the writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested. You may upload a blank document or your SOP as your personal history statement.