Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the high volume of email inquiries, applicants will not receive a personalized response. Over the last few years, we have found that for 99% of the responses to these inquiries can be found on this FAQ admission webpage. Most questions can be answered by simply reviewing or searching a topic, such as GRE, TOEFL, official transcripts, personal statement  and document status on the above webpages.

In the rare instance when a question is not answered on one of the above webpages or in the general response below, a personalized email response may be provided. As noted in the above webpages, applicants are asked not to make email or phone inquiries about the receipt of documents. Doing so will delay our efforts to process application material.

**GRE Requirement for Fall 2021-2022 Admissions Application Cycle Only**

Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program for the 2021-2022 academic year are not required to take the GRE or submit a GRE score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. The applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores.

**Computer Science Graduate Admissions Changes Due to COVID-19**

The UCLA Computer Science Department is committed to a fair and equitable process for admission to our M.S. and Ph.D. programs.  Many students are currently facing significant educational changes due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, today we are announcing a policy change for our Fall 2021 graduate admissions process.  We will not penalize applicants for any classes that are taken Pass/Fail instead of a letter grade during the COVID-19 outbreak time period, including classes in Computer Science and related fields. We hope that this policy change will reduce the stress and uncertainty that our applicants are feeling in these unprecedented times.

**DeepMind Fellowship For CS MS Fall 2021 Applicants Only**

ELIGIBILITY

The fellowship will only be awarded to students who are offered and accept admission to the M.S. program in Computer Science at UCLA.  To be eligible for this fellowship, you must satisfy ALL of the following requirements:

* You must apply to our MS program (deadline December 1, 2020). If admitted you will be started the MS  program in Fall 2021 (you do not need to be admitted first to apply to the fellowship).

* You must reside in the United States (no exceptions) in Fall 2021 and for the duration of your M.S. study.

* You would be unable to take up the offer of admission to our program without financial assistance.

* You have a demonstrable interest in artificial intelligence and/or machine learning.

The intent of this fellowship is to provide access to higher education for students who might otherwise find it difficult or impossible to successfully pursue graduate study. In addition, individuals from cultural, racial, linguistic, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, including women, that are currently underrepresented in graduate education in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning are especially encouraged to apply.

Deadline to apply is December 1, 2020.

To apply for this fellowship please visit: CS MS DeepMind Fellowship Application

Application/Admission Requirements and Data

Does the department provide “pre-application” reviews?

It is the prospective applicant’s responsibility to do their research and  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/program they are applying to.

What are the application requirements?

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.

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

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.

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

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

M.S.Ph.D.
Applicants1957  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)
International74 (70%)27 (82%)
Domestic32 (30%)6 (18%)
Men70 (66%)26 (79%)
Women36 (34%)7 (21%)
B.S. recipients106 (100%)29 (85%)
M.S. recipientsNA5 (15%)

 

CITIZENSHIP
Incoming Fall 2016
M.S.Ph.D.
Canada1 (1%)    1 (3%)
China, PRC44 (41%)  18 (55%)
Denmark0     1 (3%)
France0     1 (3%)
India26 (25%)     1 (3%)
Iran0     2 (7%)
Korea, Rep. of1 (1%)     2 (7%)
Macao1 (1%)     0
Taiwan0     1(3%)
Thailand1 (1%)     0
United States32 (30%)     6 (18%)

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

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 andas 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.

Will my application be reviewed if any application material is submitted after 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 materials such as test scores and transcripts are  submitted after the December 1 deadline. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Are “conditional admission” offers made to applicants?

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

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

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

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

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

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

In order to ensure your GRE/IELTS/TOEFL scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline. 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. Ph.D. decisions will be emailed to all applicants in early February. M.S. decisions will be emailed out in early March.

Will my application be reviewed if any application material is submitted after 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. As with many computer science departments, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

When will I be informed of my admission status?

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.

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

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

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

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

When is the deadline to submit application material?

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 send/upload materials and submit your application by the deadline. In order to ensure your GRE/IELTS/TOEFL scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

When will my application be reviewed?

The faculty begin reviewing Ph.D. applications in December and M.S. applications in January.

When will I be informed of my admission status?

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.

When is the university closed for the holidays?

Please visit the university’s academic and administrative calendar.

Confidential Finance Statement (CFS): International M.S. Applicants Only

When is the deadline to submit the CFS?

Ph.D. applicants need not submit a CFS, as funding is offered to all Ph.D. 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.

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

The total amount of money needed for living and educational expenses for the 2018-2019 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. Ph.D. international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. (In a few instances, Ph.D. 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

What is the cost of attendance at UCLA?

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.

When is the deadline to submit the CFS?

Ph.D. applicants need not submit a CFS, as funding is offered to all Ph.D. 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 $52,000 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.

Degree Objective and Requirements

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

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, those who apply for a Ph.D. degree 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 the industry, those who apply for an M.S. degree 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Yes, but only if you have not previously earned an M.S. degree in computer science or a 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 Department website.

Does Computer Science offer a distance learning program?

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.

Does Computer Science offer a part-time program?

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.

How long does it take to earn an M.S. or Ph.D. degree?

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

Do I need to submit an application for departmental funding?

Applicants to the Ph.D. program will automatically be considered for departmental funding; no departmental scholarship application is needed. Ph.D. international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. Awards will be given based on the 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 $52,000 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.

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

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).

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

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)

**GRE Requirement for Fall 2021-2022 Admissions Cycle Only**

Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program for the 2021-2022 academic year (applications for this cycle are due December 1, 2020) are not required to take the GRE or submit a GRE score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. The applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores.

Average GRE scores are posted above here.

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

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.

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

**GRE Requirement for Fall 2021-2022 Admissions Cycle Only**

Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program for the 2021-2022 academic year (applications for this cycle are due December 1, 2020) are not required to take the GRE or submit a GRE score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. The applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores.

Is the GRE computer science subject test required?

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

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

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.

I will not receive official GRE scores until after the application deadline.

As long as you complete the exam =before the December 1 deadline, we will accept the scores. You may email your unofficial verbal and quantitative scores to the Computer Science Department.

In order to ensure your scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline.

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.

When do GRE results expire?

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, 2015, you would need to complete the UCLA Graduate Division online application no later than October 30, 2020.

For multiple GREs, which scores do you use?

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.

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

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 but not guaranteed to do so by the deadline. 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.

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

Yes. We will be able to match your score report to your online application. In order to ensure your scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline.

Housing

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

Space in university housing is very 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.

Are there any special housing arrangements for computer science students?

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.

How do students locate housing around UCLA and Los Angeles?

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

May I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?

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.

Can I change my recommenders or send them reminders?

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

Can recommendations be sent directly to the department?

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

Engineering VI room 291
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596

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

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

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.

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

Letters and transcripts are due by December 1. Typically, late letters received through December 15 will be reviewed. 

Major (Field of Study)

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

Ph.D. applicants must select a field of study and a preferred faculty advisor when submitting the online application. M.S. applicants are not required to selected either a field of study or a preferred faculty advisor as the Master’s program does not have specializations 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 Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) Announcement.

May applicants apply to more than one academic program (e.g. CS and EE)?

No. Applicants may apply to only one academic program, and within that program, only one degree objective.

MBA/MSCS Concurrent Degree Program

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

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.

What are advantages of completing the concurrent degree program?

These 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.

Where can I obtain additional information about the program?

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

Personal History Statement

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

Yes a personal history statement (500 words max) is required. 

Statement of Purpose

Are there format or length requirements?

Yes 500 words max for the SOP.

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

The statement of purpose is considered to be a writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested.

TOEFL/IELTS (International Applicants Only)

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

CLA’s TOEFL institution code is 4837. The TOEFL department code is 78. In order to ensure your scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline.

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

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 you 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 application and the official transcripts that you mail to the CS department.

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

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

For multiple TOEFLs, which scores do you use?

We use only the most recent TOEFL scores.

I will not receive official TOEFL/IELTS scores until after the application deadline. Will I still be considered for admission?

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 (). 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. In order to ensure your scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline.

When do TOEFL/IELTS results expire?

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.

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

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 but cannot guarantee it will be done by the deadline. 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. In order to ensure your scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline.

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

In order to ensure your scores synch up with your online application make sure your last name, first name, middle name (if any) and email address match exactly on your ETS registration and on your online graduate admissions applications. If you leave out your middle name or use a different email address the scores might not synch up to your graduate admissions application and we cannot guarantee your scores will be received by the deadline.

Where may I find additional information concerning English requirements?

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)

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

All applicants are required to upload ONE (1) official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts should be uploaded to your online application only. If you are officially offered admission, please send us your official transcripts/degree certificate/diplomas.

Applicants who are attending or have graduated from a U.S. institution that transmits transcripts electronically may request to have official transcripts emailed to: but can also upload the official transcript in their online application.

Official transcripts are defined as original documents issued by the institution that bear the actual signature of the Registrar — not a photocopy — and the seal of the issuing institution. Do not, however, send the original of an academic record that cannot be replaced; upload a properly certified copy instead.

International applicants should refer to the “Requirements for International Students” section of the Graduate Division webpage for information about submission of foreign academic records. We do not request or review WES evaluations.

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 and diploma: 

If you are receiving your bachelor’s degree from a university in China

If your bachelor’s degree has been awarded, please upload your final official transcripts both in English and Chinese (make sure the GPA scale is included when you upload these documents), the official degree certificate both in English and Chinese and the official diploma in both English and Chinese in your online application.

If you are still enrolled and have not been awarded your degree from your university in China, please be sure to upload your latest official transcripts both in English and Chinese in your online admissions application (make sure your university’s GPA scale is included when you upload these documents).

If you are receiving your bachelor’s degree from a university in India

If you have received your bachelor’s degree from a university in India, please be sure to upload a copy of your final official transcripts along with a copy of your official diploma that shows when your degree was officially conferred and awarded.

Please note the conferral certificate is NOT the same as the official diploma.

If you have not been awarded your degree and are still enrolled in a university in India, please be sure to upload a copy of your official transcripts in your online admissions application (make sure your university’s GPA scale is included when you upload these documents).

If you are receiving your bachelor’s degree from a University outside the U.S. (and not from India and China)

If you have been awarded your degree, please be sure to upload your official transcript both in English and the native language from the country the university is located in, and a copy of your official diploma both in English and the native official language from the country the university you attended in your online application.

If you are currently enrolled and have not been awarded your degree from your university, please be sure to upload your official transcripts in both English and the native official language from the country the university you are attending in your online application (make sure your university’s GPA scale is included when you upload these documents).

Official transcripts are due December 1 along with the application. We will make every effort to review late transcripts received between December 1 and December 15, but we cannot guarantee that they will be included in the review.

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
Engineering VI, room 291
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596

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?

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.

For International Applicants Only

How do you evaluate transcripts issued in a language other than English?

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.

My university does not assign grades on a 4.0 grade scale. Should I calculate my GPA?

Make sure the grading scale is on the official transcripts uploaded in your online admissions application. 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.

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?

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)

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

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.

When may I apply for a visa?

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

Is a writing sample required?

The statement of purpose is considered to be the writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested.