How to Apply

The application period for fall 2018 is now closed.

The application period for Fall 2019 will open early in October 2018 and run through December 1, 2018.

All UCSC graduate program applications are done online through the Graduate Division application system. You may access the detailed instructions and links to apply through the UCSC Graduate Division website. Be sure to read the current application instructions thoroughly. Please feel free to direct your questions to the department manager:

The deadline for the fall 2018 admission cycle was December 1, 2017 - this includes all parts of the application:

1) Complete the UCSC Graduate Studies online application; payment of the application fee.

2) At least three letters of recommendation. Start your application early and immediately register your letter writers so that they have more time to complete their letters through the online system - they can do this before you submit your completed application. Letters of recommendation are accepted only through the online system.

3) GRE general test scores are required and the Advanced or Subject test in your major is recommended but not required. See the Educational Testing Services (ETS) for details. The program will accept official score reports only, sent to the Graduate Division school code of 4860 (there are no individual department codes).

4) Official transcripts are not required at the time of application, but will be required if admitted. Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to your online application. This can either be a scanned version of your official transcript, or, if available, a downloaded PDF from your institution's online portal. See the Document Scanning Guidelines for information about scanning and uploading your unofficial transcripts to the admissions application. 

If admitted, we will require that an official, sealed transcript be sent directly from your degree-granting institution prior to enrollment at UC Santa Cruz. 

Be sure to list your research experience where indicated. Use the Additional Information section if you'd like to add more details, a longer list of publications, upload a c.v., write special notes to the reviewers, or include anything that wouldn't fit in the body of the application. To reactivate an application from a previous year, see the application instructions of the Graduate Division site for information.

Foreign students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Please be aware that students applying to the M.S. Program are expected to be self funded. 
When applying to the M.S. Program, please indicate your intent to admit into Plan I or Plan II in your application.

Apply online through Graduate Division

Mail hardcopy materials (transcripts, official GRE scores) to:

Graduate Application Processing
UC Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

If sending materials using special carrier services, such as Express Mail, Federal Express or UPS overnight, be sure to include the office location of 2nd floor Kerr Hall, and their phone number: 831.459.5905.

School code: 4860 for GRE scores. There are no department codes.

Our department's faculty Graduate Representative, Prof. Karen Ottemann, is available for email conversations with serious applicants. Please send a request via email.