Admissions

Fall 2021   Application filing period begins: October 1, 2020Spring 2021   Application filing period begins: August 1, 2020

The first step in preparing a successful application to graduate school is to research your intended graduate program.

Graduate Studies strongly recommends you research admission criteria, the academic department or graduate program mission, faculty profiles including research interests, area of specialization and scholarship, and degree requirements prior to beginning your application. Conducting this research and understanding program deadlines right below, before you prepare application materials, will ensure that you are able to present yourself as an exceptional candidate for the program and faculty.

      Check out our Graduate Program Coordinators and Explore Programs by College to get started.


Cinema [MFA]
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Accountancy [MS] May 15 November 1
Anthropology [MA] February 15 November 1
Art [MFA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Asian American Studies [MA] Priority Deadline: January 15th; committee will make decisions by March 1; and Final Deadline: March 1 No Spring Admission
Biology (Cell & Molecular Biology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biology (Marine Biology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biology (Microbiology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biology (Physiology & Behavioral Biology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biomedical Science - PSM (Biotechnology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biomedical Science - PSM (Stem Cell Science) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) [MA]
  • Round One (priority): February 1
  • Round Two: March 1
  • Round Three: April 15
October 15
Business Administration (Bridge Program) [Bridge MBA] May 15 November 1
Business Administration (Executive MBA Part-Time) [MBA] May 15 November 1
Business Administration (for Biotech Professionals) [MBA] May 15 November 1
Business Administration [MBA] May 15 November 1
Business Analytics [MS] May 15 November 1
Chemistry (Biochemistry) [MS] March 1 November 1
Chemistry [MS] March 1 November 1
Chinese [MA] Rolling deadline through to August 15 November 1
Cinema Studies [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Cinema [MFA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Classics [MA] July 5 November 1
Communication Studies [MA] March 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 (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Counseling [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Creative Writing [MFA]
  • Round 1 (priority) Deadline: February 15th Priority Consideration for Scholarships
  • Round 2 Deadline: April 15
  • Round 3 Deadline: June 1 admission decisions are made on a case by case basis
No Spring Admission
Design [MA] May 15 No Spring Admission
Earth & Climate Sciences [MS] February 15 November 1
Economics [MA] May 1 No Spring Admission
Economics (Quantitative Economics) [MS] May 1 No Spring Admission
Education (Adult Education) [MA] July 15 December 1
Education (Early Childhood Education) [MA] June 1 December 15
Education (Educational Administration) [MA] July 15 December 1
Education (Elementary Education) [MA] July 15 January 15
Education (Equity and Social Justice) [MA] July 15 December 1
Education (Instructional Technology) [MA] July 15 December 1
Education (Language & Literacy) [MA] June 1 November 1
Education (Mathematics Education) [MA] May 1 November 15
Education (Multiple Subject / Elementary Ed.) [Credential/MA]
  • Round One (priority): March 1
  • Round Two: May 1
January 15
Education (Secondary Education) [MA] May 1 November 15
Education (Single Subject / Secondary Ed.)[Credential/MA] June 1 November 15
Education (Special Interest) [MA] July 15 December 1
Educational Leadership (Community College) [EdD] April 1 No Spring Admission
Educational Leadership (K 12) [EdD] April 1 No Spring Admission
Engineering (Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems) [MS] June 1 November 1
Engineering (Energy Systems) [MS] June 1 November 1
Engineering (Structural / Earthquake Engineering) [MS] June 1 November 1
English (Composition) [MA] Early deadline-February 1, Regular deadline-April 1, Late deadline- July 31 December 1
English (Creative Writing) [MA] July 1 No Spring Admission
English (Linguistics) [MA] Early deadline-February 1, Regular deadline-April 1, Late deadline- July 31 December 1
English (Literature) [MA] Early deadline-February 1, Regular deadline-April 1, Late deadline- July 31 December 1
English (TESOL) [MA] Early deadline February 1, Regular deadline April 1, Fnal deadline July 31. December 1
Ethnic Studies [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Family & Consumer Sciences [MA] April 1 November 1
French [MA] Contact department Contact department
Geographic Information Science [MS] Rolling admissions beginning with applications submitted by April 15 November 30
Geography (Resource Mgmt & Environmental Planning) [MA] Rolling admissions beginning with applications submitted by April 15 November 30
Geography [MA] Rolling admissions beginning with applications submitted by April 15 November 30
Geosciences [MS] February 15 November 1
Gerontology [MA] August 15 December 1
History [MA] February 15 October 15
Humanities [MA] April 15 November 1
Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Science - RIPTIDES [MS] January 26 No Spring Admission
International Relations [MA] March 15 No Spring Admission
Kinesiology [MS] June 1 November 1
Mathematics [MA]
  • Round One (priority): March 1
  • Round Two: August 1
October 1
Museum Studies [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Music [MA] June 1 December 1
Music [MM] June 1 December 1
Nursing (Accelerated Entry Level Nursing) [MS] No Fall Admission August 31
Nursing (Entry Level/Generic Non-RN MSN) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Nursing (RN-MSN) [MS] January 15 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 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Developmental Psychology) [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Industrial / Organizational Psychology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (School Psychology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Social Psychology) [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Public Administration [MPA] May 1 November 1
Public Health [MPH]
  • Early Admissions: February 1 (Recommended)
  • Regular Admissions: May 18
No Spring Admission
Recreation, Parks, & Tourism [MS] May 1 No Spring Admission
Sexuality Studies [MA]
  • Round One (priority): March 1
  • Round Two: April 15
  • Round Three: June 1
No Spring Admission
Social Work [MSW] January 15 No Spring Admission
Spanish [MA] August 1 October 1
Special Education [Credential & MA] July 1 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
Statistical Data Science [MS] May 1 November 15
Theatre Arts [MA] March 31 October 15
Theatre Arts (Design) [MFA] February 1 October 15
Women and Gender Studies [MA] Round One (priority): January 29
Round Two: March 29
No Spring Admission
Program Fall/Spring Deadline SF Scholars Coordinators
Accounting: Business Administration [ B.S. + M.S. in Accountancy] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jung Hoon Kim
Anthropology: B.A. in Anthropology + M.A. in Anthropology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Cynthia Ann Wilczak
Chinese: B.A. in Chinese + M.A. in Chinese Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Chris Wen-chao Li
Comparative World Literature: B.A. in Comparative World Literature + M.A. in Comparative Literature Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Dane Johnson
Design: BS in Industrial Design: Concentration in Product Design and Development Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Hsiao-Yun Chu
Design: B.S. in Visual Communication Design + M.A. in Design Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Hsiao-Yun Chu
Earth Sciences: B.S. in Earth Sciences + M.S. in Geosciences Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Mary Leech
Economics: B.A. Economics + M.S. Economics Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Anoshua Chaudhuri
Engineering: B.S. in Civil Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: Concentration in Structural/Earthquakes Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Cheng Chen
Engineering: B.S. in Computer Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: [Embedded Electrical & Computer Systems] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Xiaorong Zhang
Engineering:B.S. in Electrical Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: [Embedded Electrical & Computer Systems] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Hamid Mahmoodi
Ethnic Studies: Africana, Latina/Latino, Asian American Studies [ B.A. + M.A. in Ethnic Studies ] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Katynka Martinez
Humanities: B.A. in Humanities + M.A. in Humanities Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Cristina Ruotolo
International Relations: International Relations [ B.A.+ M.A.] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Juanita Darling
Kinesiology: B.S. Concentration in Exercise and Movement Sciences + M.S. Kinesiology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jimmy Bagley
Marine Biology and Limnology + Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences [ B.S.+ M.S.] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Ellen M Hines
Political Science: B.A. in Political Science + M.A. in Political Science Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Nicole Watts
Philosophy: B.A. in Philosophy + M.A. in Philosophy Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Alice Sowaal & Carlos Montemayor
Psychology: B.A. in Psychology + M.A. in Psychology: (Concentration in Developmental Psychology) Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jeff Cookston
Social Work & Gerontology:B.A. in Social Work + M.A. in Gerontology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jocelyn Clare Hermoso & Darlene Yee-Melichar
Sociology & Gerontology:B.A. in Sociology + M.A. in Gerontology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Christopher Bettinger & Darlene Yee-Melichar
Spanish:B.A. in Spanish + M.A. in Spanish Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Michael F. Hammer & Ana Luengo Palomino
Theater Arts: B.A.+ M.A. in Theater Arts Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Kim Schwartz
Women & Gender Studies: B.A.+ M.A. in Women & Gender Studies Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Martha Kenney
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Accounting May 15 October 15
Augmentative and Alternative Communications February 1 No Spring Admission
Autism Spectrum February 1 October 15
Business in Ethics and Compliance May 15 December 1
Clinical Laboratory Science November 15 July 1
Conflict Resolution May 1 November 1
Dietetics Contact Department No Spring Admission
Early Childhood Special Education July 1 October 15
Ethnic Studies February 1 November 1
Ethical Artificial Intelligence August 15 January 15
Family Nurse Practitioner January 15 No Spring Admission
Genetic Engineering May 1 No Spring Admission
History Education May 1 November 1
Immigrant Literacies May 1 November 1
Marketing in the Digital Economy May 15 October 15
Pre-Health Professions May 1 October 1 - [Summer Admission: February 1]
Pre-Nursing May 1 October 1 - [Summer Admission: March 1]
Reading May 1 No Spring Admission
Rehabilitation Counseling January 15 No Spring Admission
Software Engineering August 15 January 15
Teaching Critical Thinking May 1 November 1
Teaching of Composition May 1 November 1
Teaching Post-Secondary Reading May 1 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) March 1 November 1
Nursing (ON-CAMPUS) [Second Baccalaureate] December 4 August 31
Nursing (RN to BS) [Second Baccalaureate] December 4 August 31
Nursing (SEQUOIA) [Second Baccalaureate] Contact Department Contact Department
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