Graduate Admissions

The UCSC Graduate Admissions Application is Online.

The application for admission opens on October 1.

We are delighted to welcome you to the Graduate Studies Division at UCSC, which oversees our highly selective, innovative doctoral and masters programs across the range of scientific, technical, humanistic, social science, and artistic disciplines.

Our world-class faculty and facilities and our creative scholarly community put us at the forefront of new developments in graduate research and teaching. In each of the existing and emerging disciplines that our programs represent, our students flourish in leading-edge research environments, enjoying close, productive contact with faculty mentors and a supportive community of graduate peers.

Each graduate student we admit contributes a special element of the exciting scholarly dialogue we experience daily in our classrooms, in our labs and studios, and in the internationally regarded publications of faculty and students. We hope prospective students will find our programs attractive and consider joining us here at UCSC for a uniquely fulfilling graduate education.

Should you have questions about any specific degree program, we encourage you to contact the academic department directly and inquire with staff and faculty there. We look forward to hearing from you!

UC Santa Cruz is well known for its top-ranked academic programs, innovative research, and class sizes conducive to in-depth learning and professional growth.

Reputation for Excellence

In its 50 years, UC Santa Cruz has earned national and international recognition for quality research and world-class teaching. Faculty include two of the University of California’s honored University Professors, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 13 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 32 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Our beautiful 2,000-acre campus offers access to redwood forests, Natural Reserve Research sites, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, state of the art research facilities for the physical and natural sciences, and the largest research library between Palo Alto and Santa Barbara.

Graduate students at UC Santa Cruz also have access to a wide range of cultural and recreational opportunities both on and off campus. As well, graduate students are members of, and can participate in the Graduate Student Association. Students also have access to the Graduate Student Commons, a community-building resource on campus.  

Timely submission of your application, test scores and supplemental materials is critical during the application review cycle; please read through the instruction guides provided to you before you begin your application so that you are familiar with the required elements of a complete application for admission. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact us at

Graduate students are an integral part of UCSC's research and learning community and we look forward to the prospect of your joining us.

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