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Fall 2019   Application filing period begins: October 1, 2018Spring 2020   Application filing period begins: August 1, 2019

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Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Accountancy [MS] May 15 October 15
Anthropology [MA] July 15 November 1
Art [MFA] February 15 No Spring Admission
Asian American Studies [MA] Domestic applicants: March 22; International applicants: April 2 No Spring Admission
Biology (Cell & Molecular Biology) [MS] May 31 No Spring Admission
Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology) [MS] May 31 No Spring Admission
Biology (Marine Biology) [MS] May 31 No Spring Admission
Biology (Microbiology) [MS] May 31 No Spring Admission
Biology (Physiology & Behavioral Biology) [MS] May 31 No Spring Admission
Biomedical Science - PSM (Biotechnology) [MS] May 31 No Spring Admission
Biomedical Science - PSM (Stem Cell Science) [MS] May 31 No Spring Admission
Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) [MA] April 15 November 15
Business Administration (Bridge Program) [Bridge MBA] May 15 October 15
Business Administration (Executive MBA Part-Time) [MBA] July 1 October 15
Business Administration (for Biotech Professionals) [MBA] July 1 October 15
Business Administration [MBA] May 15 October 15
Business Analytics [MS] May 15 October 15
Chemistry (Biochemistry) [MS] March 1 November 1
Chemistry [MS] March 1 November 1
Chinese [MA] May 1 November 1
Cinema Studies [MA]
  • Round 1 Deadline: March 1 Priority
  • Round 2 Deadline: April 15
  • Round 3 Deadline: June 1 admission decisions are made on a case by case basis
No Spring Admission
Cinema [MFA] February 15 No Spring Admission
Classics [MA] May 1 November 1
Communication Studies [MA] (Priority deadline of April 1) Final is May 1 No Spring Admission
Communicative Disorders (w/Speech-Lang. Path) [MS/Credential] December 15 No Spring Admission
Comparative Literature [MA] June 1 No Spring Admission
Computer Science [MS] March 1 October 1
Counseling (Marriage, Family & Child Counseling) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Counseling (Mental Health Counseling) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Counseling [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Creative Writing [MFA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Design [MA] May 15 No Spring Admission
Drama [MA] May 1 October 15
Earth & Climate Sciences [MS] March 1 November 1
Economics [MA] May 1 No Spring Admission
Education (Adult Education) [MA] July 1 January 10
Education (Early Childhood Education) [MA] June 1 January 15
Education (Educational Administration) [MA] June 1 January 10
Education (Elementary Education) [MA] April 1 January 15
Education (Equity and Social Justice) [MA] July 1 January 10
Education (Instructional Technology) [MA] July 1 January 10
Education (Language & Literacy) [MA] June 1 November 1
Education (Mathematics Education) [MA] June 1 November 15
Education (Multiple Subject / Elementary Ed.) [Credential/MA] June 1 January 15
Education (Secondary Education) [MA] May 1 November 15
Education (Single Subject / Secondary Ed.)[Credential/MA] February 15 November 15
Education (Special Interest) [MA] July 1 January 10
Educational Leadership (Community College) [EdD] May 31 No Spring Admission
Educational Leadership (K 12) [EdD] May 31 No Spring Admission
Engineering (Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems) [MS] May 15 November 1
Engineering (Energy Systems) [MS] May 15 November 1
Engineering (Structural / Earthquake Engineering) [MS] May 15 November 1
English (Composition) [MA] July 31 November 15
English (Creative Writing) [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
English (Linguistics) [MA] July 31 November 15
English (Literature) [MA] July 31 December 1
English (TESOL) [MA] July 31 November 15
Ethnic Studies [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Family & Consumer Sciences [MA] April 1 November 1
French [MA] May 1 November 1
Geographic Information Science [MS] April 1 November 15
Geography (Resource Mgmt & Environmental Planning) [MA] April 1 November 15
Geography [MA] April 1 November 15
Geosciences [MS] March 1 November 1
German [MA] May 1 November 1
Gerontology [MA] May 1 December 1
History [MA] May 1 October 15
Humanities [MA] April 15 November 1
Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Science - RIPTIDES [MS] March 1 No Spring Admission
International Relations [MA] March 15 No Spring Admission
Italian [MA] May 1 November 1
Japanese [MA] May 1 November 1
Kinesiology [MS] July 1 November 1
Marine Science [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Mathematics [MA] May 31 October 1
Museum Studies [MA] February 15 No Spring Admission
Music [MA] (Priority Deadline:April 1) July 15 December 1
Music [MM] (Priority Deadline:April 1) July 15 December 1
Nursing (Accelerated Entry Level Nursing) [MS] No Fall Admission August 31
Nursing (Entry Level/Generic Non-RN MSN) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Nursing (RN-MSN) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Philosophy [MA] August 5 January 15
Physical Therapy (Joint DPT w/UCSF) [DPT] Contact Department No Spring Admission
[Summer Admission: Contact Department]
Physical Therapy (Joint DPTSc w/UCSF) [DPTSc] Contact Department No Spring Admission
Physics [MS] May 1 November 1
Physics(Astronomy) [MS] May 1 November 1
Political Science [MA] May 1 November 1
Psychology (Clinical Psychology) [MS] February 15 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Developmental Psychology) [MA] February 15 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Industrial / Organizational Psychology) [MS] February 15 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) [MA] February 15 No Spring Admission
Psychology (School Psychology) [MS] February 15 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Social Psychology) [MA] February 15 No Spring Admission
Public Administration [MPA] April 1 November 1
Public Health [MPH] May 1 No Spring Admission
Recreation, Parks, & Tourism [MS] May 1 No Spring Admission
Sexuality Studies [MA] The Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies admissions committee reviews applications in three rounds:
  • Round 1 Deadline: March 1 Priority
  • Round 2 Deadline: April 15
  • Round 3 Deadline: June 1 admission decisions are made on a case by case basis
No Spring Admission
Social Work [MSW] December 15 No Spring Admission
Spanish [MA] June 1 October 1
Special Education [Credential & MA] March 15 October 15
Special Education [Joint PhD w/UCB] Contact Department Contact Department
Special Education [MA] March 15 October 15
Special Enrollment Programs N/A N/A
Theatre Arts (Design) [MFA] March 15 October 15
Theatre Arts [MA] May 1 October 15
Women and Gender Studies [MA] Priority Deadline: January 15th; committee will make decisions by Feb 15
Final Deadline: March 15th; committee will make decisions by April 30th
No Spring Admission
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Administrative Services Credential June 1 November 1
Clinical Rehabilitation Credential (Orientation & Mobility) Contact Department October 15
Designated Subjects Credential May 1 No Spring Admission
Multiple Subject Credential April 1 January 15
Pupil Personnel Services - School Counseling Credential January 15 No Spring Admission
Pupil Personnel Services - School Psychology Credential May 31 No Spring Admission
Pupil Personnel Services - Social Work Credential May 31 Summer Admission Only: March 31
Reading & Language Arts Specialist Credential Contact Department November 1
Single Subject Credential February 15 November 15
Special Education Autism Spectrum Added Auth. Credential Contact Department Contact Department
Special Education Credential Contact Department Contact Department
Special Education Orthopedically Impaired Added Auth. Credential Contact Department Contact Department
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Accounting May 31 No Spring Admission
Augmentative and Alternative Communications February 1 No Spring Admission
Autism Spectrum February 1 October 15
Business in Ethics and Compliance June 1 December 1
Clinical Laboratory Science December 7 August 7
Conflict Resolution May 1 November 1
Dietetics Contact Department No Spring Admission
Early Childhood Special Education March 15 October 15
Ethnic Studies April 1 November 1
Family Nurse Practitioner February 1 No Spring Admission
Genetic Engineering May 1 No Spring Admission
Immigrant Literacies May 1 November 1
Pre-Health Professions May 1 October 1 - [Summer Admission: March 1]
Pre-Nursing May 1 October 1 - [Summer Admission: March 1]
Reading May 1 No Spring Admission
Rehabilitation Counseling May 1 No Spring Admission
Teaching Critical Thinking May 1 November 1
Teaching of Composition July 31 November 1
Teaching Post-Secondary Reading July 31 November 1
Technical and Professional Writing May 1 November 1
Training Systems Development May 1 November 1
Youth and Human Services Nonprofit Administration May 1 November 1
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Dietetics (Second Baccalaureate) May 1 January 12
Nursing (ON-CAMPUS) [Second Baccalaureate] November 30 August 31
Nursing (RN to BS) [Second Baccalaureate] November 30 August 31
Nursing (SEQUOIA) [Second Baccalaureate] November 30 Contact Department
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