UCLA Materials Science and Engineering Fall 2021 Applicants:
Thank you for your interest in UCLA’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Graduate Program. Please make sure that you read all requirements and application related information given below before starting the online application. The online application comes with complete instructions and further information. University regulations do not permit an applicant to apply to more than one major. Students can apply for only one major and one graduate program per admission cycle. Double applications will not be accepted. Please decide which of our programs is most appropriate for you prior to submitting an application.
Please do not email the department to verify if materials have been received. The MSE Graduate Department will email you if your application is incomplete or if any documents are missing.
The application for FALL 2021 will open in September and the application deadline is November 30, 2020 by 5:00pm. Materials Science and Engineering Admission is offered only during fall quarters.
Graduate Admissions will be closed November 30th. Submit your completed application with all the required supplementary documents by this date. A faculty committee member in each major program will review submitted applications and will select the best-qualified applicants for each program. Late applications will not be accepted and changes/updates to applications will not be made.
Checking Decision Status
You can check your admission decision status through the Online Decision Status for Graduate Admission starting March 1st, 2021. All applicants are guaranteed an admission decision on their application no later than the national deadline to inform applicants on admission status which is April 1st The deadline to respond to admission with award offers as published by the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States is April 15th, 2021.
There are seven elements that support your online application.
Application payment fee: $120.00 for Domestic applicants and $140.00 for International applicants. For information on application fee waivers, see UCLA’s Admissions FAQs.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
To apply for the M.S. degree, applicants should have a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering or a comparable major with a GPA that is the equivalent of not less than 3.0/4.0 in undergraduate study.
To apply for the Ph.D. degree, applicants should have a B.S. and/or a M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering or a comparable major with a GPA of not less than 3.25/4.0 in undergraduate study.
Transcripts not based on the 4.0 system will be evaluated for minimum requirements. It should be noted that meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The standard for admission is set by the applicant pool and is generally much higher than the minimum requirements.
Statement of Purpose
The online application allows you to include your statement of purpose. This statement should be brief and concise. We recommend a maximum of 2 pages double-spaced/1 page single-spaced. Your statement is a means of helping match your academic and research interests with those of our faculty. This is very important if you are applying for financial support. It should not be a personal life history, but should contain only such personal details as will aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application. Describe exactly which field you wish to study at UCLA. The graduate research for the MSE Department falls into one of three fields of study:
- Ceramics and Ceramic Processing
- Electronic and Optical Materials
- Structural Materials
Letters of Recommendation
At least three letters of recommendation should be submitted. When submitting your online application, you will be required to list one email address for each recommender. Each recommender will then be notified electronically by UCLA, and they will then submit their letters of recommendation using a secure interface. Letters should be on the recommender’s letterhead. The recommenders should state your full name, their full name and title, and their opinion of your ability to do graduate level research at UCLA. When the recommender submits the letter of recommendation, it is posted to the online application and will become part of your application. Applicants are able to remind faculty to submit their letters by having the system resend the email to those recommending the applicant.
- For the M.S. program: we recommend that you provide letters of reference from professors who have taught you in your junior and senior years.
- For the Ph.D. program: we urge that all your letters be from academic references as recent as possible; if you have an M.S., letters from professors who have served on your M.S. committee are particularly helpful. If you cannot obtain academic references, the letters should be from people who can comment on your recent professional attainments and your qualifications for graduate study in MSE at UCLA.
Note: if you are part of the Exceptional Student Admission Program (ESAP), only two letters of recommendation are required.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE scores are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Official scores can be sent by mail or through ETS to the MSE department. All students applying for Fall 2021 admission should take the GRE test no later than November 30, 2020. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years that the application is submitted. For complete information about the GRE, including policies, procedures, test dates, and fees, please see the GRE Website.
The GRE codes for UCLA and the MSE Department are as follows:
- Institution Code: 4837
- Department Code: 1403
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (If Applicable)
International applicants whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Official can be sent by mail or through ETS to the MSE department. Scores are required for admission to both M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The results of this test help applicants determine whether they are prepared to undertake graduate study conducted in English before making extensive plans for graduate study in the U.S. A score of at least 560 on the TOEFL paper and pencil test or 220 on the TOEFL computer based is required for applicants to graduate programs at UCLA. For more information check the Graduate Program website.
- Minimum IELTS overall score requirement is a 7.0.
- Minimum TOEFL overall score requirement is 87. Minimum sub-scores are as follows:
- Writing: 25
- Speaking: 24
- Reading: 21
- Listening: 17
The TOEFL codes for UCLA and the MSE Department are as follows:
- Institution Code: 4837
- Department Code: 69
Applications are not considered complete without test scores. The department requires official TOEFL/IELTS test scores. Scanned copies/PDFs/photos will not be accepted.
International Applicants who 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 primary spoken language of daily life (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) AND the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempted from both the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE).
Please note: admitted applicants are required, upon arrival at UCLA, to take the UCLA English as a Second Language Placement Examination (ESLPE), an English diagnostic test, before being permitted to register. Depending on the results of the ESLPE, you may be required to complete English as a Second Language courses beginning in your first term at UCLA. If English courses are required, you should anticipate spending a longer period of time at the University. Admission is canceled for those who do not pass the ESLPE. Please note that you must sit for the ESLPE regardless of your score obtained on the TOEFL, IELTS, or any other English proficiency test.
Applicants must upload their unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the online application portal. An unofficial transcript must: have been generated by your Registrar’s office, be clearly legible, include the word transcript and the name of the institution, include your name, program of study, and the major field of study, include a complete list of courses/terms/corresponding grades/units, and the cumulative GPA calculations. Degree audit reports, advising/progress plans, web portal pages, and degree plans cannot be accepted.
If the applicant has already completed a BS and/or MS degree, the applicant should upload transcripts that include the degree conferred/awarded date. These applicants must also mail official, sealed transcripts to our office (see mailing address below) or send official verified e-transcripts to Lili Bulhoes . International students must upload and send official enrollment verification certificates and degree certificates/diplomas (if applicable) in both English and the native language.
A resume should be uploaded to the online application. The admission committee will take into consideration factors such as research experience or publications, but they will not replace any of the above requirements. We do not offer conditional admission for applicants who need remedial work at the undergraduate level. Such work should be completed before applying to our program.
Personal History Statement
The Personal History Statement is an opportunity for the applicant to provide additional information to the review committee. It should include a diversity statement (differences including race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and more), if applicable.
Mailing Address for Application Documents
Please send all supporting documents to the following address:
UCLA, Materials Science & Engineering
420 Westwood Plaza, 3111 Engineering V
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595
Financial Statement for International Students
The office of Graduate Admissions at UCLA requires that international admits prove that they have at least $50,200.00 at their disposal for the first academic year. According to U.S. Immigration and Naturalization regulations, UCLA may issue Certificates of Eligibility (I-20 forms) for visas only to applicants who have been offered admission and have submitted documented evidence (e.g. bank statements, letters of sponsorship, etc.) of sufficient funds for their study at UCLA. These documents must bear the appropriate seals and signatures as well as state the full name of the applicant and the amount of the support offered.
UCLA’s Dashew Center will request these documents after an applicant has been admitted and submitted a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). For more information about international students at UCLA visit the Center for International Students and Scholars.
Further Questions Regarding Admissions
For further questions regarding the MSE Graduate Program or questions relating to the application process, please check the Application Requirements, the Admission FAQs page, or email MSE Admission.