Graduate Admissions

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Application Process

The Office of Graduate Admissions operates as the center for all academic departments offering graduate degree and graduate certification programs.

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  • Please keep in mind that during this busy time, the status of your application can change daily.  Each application comes with transcripts, letters of recommendation and other documents, and the graduate admissions staff is processing them constantly.
  • Applicants can check the status of their applications online. Instructions will be emailed approximately a week after submitting the application, on how to log-in to the mysandiego portal where the ability to check application status is available.
  • A file is eligible for transmittal to the appropriate academic department for admissions consideration once it is complete.  Your intended program will conduct an in-depth review of your academic records, letters of recommendation, required test scores, personal statements and additional portfolio items.
  • Programs have different application review schedules.  Some programs wait and rank all of their applications against each other; others make individual determinations on a case by case basis.  Program admission recommendations may be made as early as January, with the process possibly continuing into summer, depending on the program. 
  • Formal admission is offered to an applicant by the Office of Graduate Admissions by mail upon receipt of the departmental recommendation.
  • Admission to graduate programs is given for a specific semester and year.  You may, with the permission of your admitting program, defer admission for up to one year from the semester stipulated in your admission letter.  If you are granted permission to defer, you must notify the Office of Graduate Admissions in writing.

All documents submitted in support of your application become the property of the University and will not be returned, copied for the applicant or a third party or forwarded (except to the department for admission purposes).