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Graduate Admission Requirements  
Department of Materials Science and Engineering  
University of California, Los Angeles  

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bulletAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
bulletAPPLICATION FEE
bulletGRADE POINT AVERAGE
bulletSTATEMENT OF PURPOSE
bulletLETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
bulletGRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)
bulletTEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL)
bulletTRANSCRIPTS
bulletFINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
bulletWHEN HOW TO APPLY
bulletMAILING ADDRESS FOR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
bulletEMAIL QUESTIONS REGARDING ADMISSIONS 
      We are pleased that you are interested in applying to the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program at UCLA. All information necessary for applying via the World Wide Web is now available. Applications submitted via www will have priority in the processing of applications. The Materials Science and Engineering Department only accepts applications for Fall Quarter admission. The application deadline for Fall Quarter 2010 is December 15, 2009.  

      It is important that you read all requirements and application related information on our departmental homepage before going on to Graduate Division's On-line Application Process 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS  

There are five elements that support your application: 
bulletAPPLICATION FEE
bulletSTATEMENT OF PURPOSE
bulletGRE GENERAL TEST 
bulletTOEFL 
bulletTHREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
bulletTRANSCRIPTS 
      We look for evidence of strength in all of these. Other factors, such as research experience or publications, may be taken into consideration but they will not replace any of the above requirements. We do not offer a "conditional" admission for applicants who need remedial work at the undergraduate level. Such work should be completed before applying to our program. 

APPLICATION FEE 

The nonrefundable application fee ($70.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents; $90.00 for all other applicants) can be paid by credit card or, if necessary, by check.

Please be aware that if you select the check option, the initial processing of your application will be delayed by a minimum of seven to 10 working days. The date your payment is received is considered date your application is submitted.

**DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION FEE TO MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING**

If you must pay by check or money order, it should be drawn on a U.S. bank, made payable to Regents of the UC and sent to

Remittance Processing Center
10920 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 107
Los Angeles, CA 90024

For proper processing of a check payment, it is very important to print out the payment coupon (available only after submitting the application) and attach it to your check, and to include the following information on your check:

Applicant ID
Applicant Email

Additional information about application fees can be found at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/FEE.HTM

 

GRADE POINT AVERAGE  

      To apply for the M.S. degree applicants should have a B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent, with a grade point average (GPA) that is the equivalent of not less than 3.0/4.0 of undergraduate study. 
      To apply for the Ph.D. degree applicants should meet the requirements for the M.S., and possess an M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent, with a GPA of not less than 3.25/4.0
      Transcripts not based on 4.0 system will be evaluated by UCLA for minimum requirements. Meeting the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission; the actual standard for admission is set by the current pool of applicants, and is generally much higher.  

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE  

      The On-line Application allows you to include your statement of purpose. This statement should be precise and brief. Your statement is a means of helping us 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; it should contain only such personal details as will aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application. Describe exactly what you wish to study at UCLA. "Materials Science and Engineering", for example is not specific enough. State what branch of Materials Science and Engineering interests you, e.g., ceramics , electronic materials, Structural Materials, etc. For more information regarding specific fields of study in Materials Science and Engineering, see Graduate Research Areas. 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION  

      At least three letters of recommendation should be submitted. Letters should be typed on the recommender's letterhead and attached to the recommendation form that you will able to print during the On-line Application Process. The recommender can either forward the letter directly to our office themselves or return it to you so that you can forward it to our office. To insure confidentiality, please ask each recommender to seal the envelope and sign his or her name across the seal before returning it to you. 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. 
      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 Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA.  

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION homepage http://www.gre.org 

      GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. If necessary, GRE booklets can be obtained from any college or university bookstore. All students applying for Fall 2010 admission should take the GRE test no later than October 2009. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission. Arrange to have ETS forward the scores to our office. The GRE codes for UCLA's Materials Science and Engineering are as follows: Institution Code is R4837; the Department Code is 1403. Check testing schedule and registration information on the GRE homepage. 

TOEFL homepage http://www.ets.org 

International applicants whose first language is not English TOEFL scores is required for admission to both M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Application may be obtained from ETS, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151. The TOEFL codes for UCLA's are as follows: Institution code is 4837; the Department code for Graduate Study is 69. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as part of their application. 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 paper and pencil test or 220 on the computer based is required for applicants to graduate programs at UCLA. The minimum required TOEFL Internate-based (TOEFL IBT) scores are as follows
    Writing:      25
    Speaking:  24
    Reading:    21
    Listening:   17
    Total minimum passing score requirement: 87
Applications are not considered complete without the test scores. 
 The department requires an official TOEFL test score, a photocopy of the TOEFL Test Score is not acceptable.

Please note: 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 the spoken language and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, are exempted from the TOEFL requirement.

TRANSCRIPTS 

      Please submit two official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. International students, please submit: 

bullettwo official transcripts and degree statements of  Bachelor's degree (both in original language and in English are required for admission to M.S. program)  
bullettwo official transcripts and degree statements of Bachelor's and Master's degree (both in original language and in English, Bachelor's and Master's degree are required for admission to Ph.D. program) 

All documents must bear the actual seal and/or signature of the Registrar. Photocopies are not accepted. Do not send the original of an academic record which cannot be replaced; obtain a properly certified copy instead. All transcripts and credentials are evaluated by the UCLA Graduate Admissions Office in terms of UCLA equivalency. If your degree is a work in progress be sure to reflect an accurate expected degree date on your application.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 

      The office of Graduate Admissions at UCLA requires that international admits prove that they have at least US$47,209.50 at their disposal for the first academic year. According to U.S. Immigration and Naturalization regulations, the University 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. Please arrange to have these documents sent to our office by the application deadline. If Financial Statements are not received by the time of admission the I-20 form may be significantly delayed. 

      You will be able to print Financial Statement Forms during the On-line Application Process. For more information about international students at UCLA visit the Office of International Student Services 

WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY  

If you have access to the World Wide Web, we strongly recommend that you apply electronically through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering homepage at http://www.seas.ucla.edu/ms. Please make sure that you read all requirements and application related information before going on to Graduate Division's On-line Application Process. Use of hard copy application will substantially delay your application processing.

The Materials Science and Engineering Department will consider applications for Fall Quarter admission only. The deadline for applying to Fall 2010 is December 15, 2009. Due to the high volume of application documents sent to our department, please make sure that all required documents are submitted by this deadline. If documents are submitted after this deadline the applicant's file may not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

MAILING ADDRESS FOR APPLICATION DOCUMENTS  

      Please arrange to have all application documents, (transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, Financial Statements, etc.), sent to the following address before December 15, 2009

Paradee Chularee 
UCLA Materials Science and Engineering
Henry Samueli School of Engr. and Applied Science
420 Westwood Plaza 
 
3111 Engineering V  
Room 3131 K  
University of California, Los Angeles  
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1595 

Please note: Do not send your application fee to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, you need to mail your application fee directly to UCLA Graduate Admissions.

On-line Application Process 

E-mail questions about the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Program to our Student Affairs Officer Ms. Paradee Chularee, email: paradee@ea.ucla.edu

Return to: 
     Materials Science and Engineering Department homepage. 
     The Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Sciences homepage. 
     UCLA's homepage. 

Last revised: September, 2009

 

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