Located on California’s Central Coast, 75 miles south of San Francisco and 30 miles southwest of San Jose, Santa Cruz is a medium-sized (population 56,000) town with its own vibrant personality. UC Santa Cruz offers graduate study in 41 academic fields and 57 concentrations. Many graduate programs have interdisciplinary components, and students are encouraged to explore the conceptual connections between related fields as they acquire mastery in their areas of specialization.

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Our entire application process is online! All applications open on October 1.


    Deadlines, Requirements & Instructions

  • DeadlinesView the current application filing deadlines for each program and the appropriate contact information for each department.

    RequirementsView the current application requirements, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores and supplemental materials.

    InstructionsThe application to graduate school is made up of many parts. These instructions are here to help you navigate the application process.

    Frequently Asked Questions - Where do I send my transcripts? Do I need to take the GRE subject test? Can I apply to more than one program? Find out here!


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  • Helpful information for our prospective international students.

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  • Letter from the Dean & Assistant Dean

  • Our Mission: To attract, recruit and retain an outstanding cohort of diverse graduate students, while providing the highest quality educational experience possible as we support them towards their graduation and prepare them for successful careers.

                                           Dean Tyrus Miller            Assistant Dean Jim Moore


  • Principles of Community

  • UCSC expects that every campus member will practice these Principles of Community.

    The University of California, Santa Cruz is committed to promoting and protecting an environment that values and supports every person in an atmosphere of civility, honesty, cooperation, professionalism and fairness [more].

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  • Cost of Attending 
    Graduate Student Costs 

    Test Preparation & Study 
    Information about the GRE and TOEFL tests and general study tips.

    Essential Program Details


About Santa Cruz
Activities in and around Santa Cruz

What's Next?
A guide to graduate studies at the 10 UC campuses.

Undergraduate Opportunities 
UCSC-sponsored graduate school preparation programs for undergraduate students.