Graduate Admissions Process

The Office of Graduate Admissions conducts application processing for all academic departments that offer graduate degree and graduate certification programs.

Admission decisions are rendered by the graduate department to which you have applied; however, all offers of admission are subject to verification of university admission requirements such as degree conferral, academic transcripts, official test scores and English proficiency.

  1. Applicants will submit their application online through the Graduate Admission website. Begin your application. Please note that a Personal Statement and Resume are required to submit your application. Additional requirements (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) do not have to be submitted prior to submitting your online application. USD does not have a unified deadline for applications, so applicants should be aware of the filing date for their program.
  2. Applicants should submit the remaining requirements as early as possible. Please see the department website for a list of application requirements. All documents submitted in support of your application become the property of the University and will not be returned, copied or forwarded for the applicant or a third party.
  3. Applicants are encouraged to check the status of their applications online through the MySanDiego portal. Log-in information for the MySanDiego portal will be emailed to applicants within a week of submitting the application.
  4. Once the application and all requirements have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions, your file will be eligible for review by the appropriate academic department. Faculty will conduct a holistic, in-depth review of your academic records, letters of recommendation, appropriate test scores, personal statements, resumes and any additional portfolio items.
  5. As a general rule, faculty decisions are made approximately 30 to 60 days after the final deadline for the program. Of course, departments have different review schedules, so the timing of decisions may vary. Contact your department for further information.
  6. Applicants will be notified of a formal decision by the Office of Graduate Admissions via regular mail upon receipt of the departmental recommendation.
  7. Admission to a graduate program is given for a specific semester and year. If applicants wish to defer admission for up to one year from the semester stipulated in the admission letter, they will need to receive approval from the department.

International Students

Additional materials are required for international students who are admitted to a graduate program at USD. The coordination of required documents for the Form I-20, including the issuance of the I-20, is handled by the Office of Graduate Admissions.