Graduate Studies - FAQ
- GRE/TOEFL University Code: 4836
- TOEFL Department Code: 83
- Application for Graduate Admission and Fee
- Statement of Purpose
- Three academic letters of reference
- Transcripts from all colleges attended
- Official GRE scores
- Official TOEFL scores (if foreign applicant)
- Academic writing sample(s)
NO ADDITIONAL MATERIALS OR APPLICATIONS ARE REQUIRED
Can I get some information on the number of applications your receive, percent admitted and other background information, such as GPA requirements?
What is your admissions deadline and when will applications be available? When will students be notified of your decision and how?
Applications will be available by September 1 of each year. Application is done at (http://graduateapp.ucsd.edu/), UCSD does not offer a paper application process.
Our deadline to receive all components of your application is January 13, 2017. We do not start our review of applications until after the deadline; we do not admit on a 'rolling' basis. All materials must be submited by the deadline to have your application considered for admission.
You will be notified via email of our committee's decision, usually by the end of February.
As part of our offer of admission, the Department of Communication typically provides a funding offer that guarantees financial assistance for the first three and sometimes four years of our program. This offer may come in a variety of forms, including fellowships, tuition and fee scholarships and teaching and research assistantships. After the third year, our funding letter provides strong assurances that continued assistance in the form of dissertation fellowships and additional teaching and research assistantships will be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may also apply for need-based financial aid. For more information on financial assistance, please refer to http://ogs.ucsd.edu/prospective-students/financial-assistance/index.html
If you are a foreign applicant, please refer to Question 13 below for additional information.
Unfortunately, financial assistance for foreign applicants is quite limited. Consequently, we are able to make offers of admission to only one or two foreign students each year. Foreign applicants are strongly encouraged to pursue funding opportunities from their home countries' government, as well as from international funding agencies, such as the Fulbright and Ford Foundation fellowships. In addition, foreign applicants from Canada or Mexico may wish to look into funding opportunities though the following two agencies:
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- UC MEXUS - The University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States