Graduate Application Provisions Due to COVID-19

We understand the enormous impact that institution and organizational closures around the world have had on the ability of our applicants to obtain the documents regularly required for the graduate admissions application. The following provisions have been approved for all Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted in lieu of official transcripts for purposes of application submission and review.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial transcripts from those applicants who cannot get an official transcript from their degree-awarding institution.

If accepted to the University, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will be required to submit their official transcript showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester.* In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official transcript and their application package is complete. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

*International applicants planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official transcript(s) to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to their first required day on campus.

WES evaluations are temporarily not required for purposes of application submission and review.

Applicants who have earned their bachelor's (and/or master's degree(s), for doctoral applicants) from an institution outside the United States are required to submit a official course-by-course international transcript evaluation from World Education Services, Inc. (WES). However, if WES is unable to complete the applicant's transcript evaluation prior to the graduate program's application deadline, the applicant may request a temporary postponement of this requirement for the purposes of application review and decision. To request this provision, the applicant should email their specific program admissions advisor with the request. If the program approves, they should communicate the request to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

If applicants already happen to have documents showing proof of an earned bachelor's and/or master's degree in their possession, they are encouraged to upload copies of these documents to their online application. Examples of helpful documents would be a transcript showing degree(s) conferred, or a diploma. 

If accepted to the University, students who would normally be required to include a WES evaluation in their application package must submit their official course-by-course WES evaluation showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester.* In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package is missing their required course-by-course WES evaluation will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official course-by-course WES evaluation and their application package is complete. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

*International applicants planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit at minimum an unofficial copy of their course-by-course international transcript evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admissions before their visa eligibility document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) can be released. It is strongly recommended that international applicants request their official course-by-course WES evaluation as early as possible so as to decrease the potential for the delay of their visa eligibility document. If an unofficial copy is submitted for purposes of releasing the visa eligibility document, the student will still be required to submit their official course-by-course WES evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to their first required day on campus.

Unofficial copies of English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL, IELTS) may be temporarily submitted for purposes of application submission and review if official scores cannot be sent.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores from applicants whose testing center or agency is closed and unable to send official scores at this time. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of testing center or agency closure in order to submit their unofficial score.

If accepted to the University, international students planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official TOEFL or IELTS score to the Office of Graduate Admissions before their visa eligibility document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) will be released.

Students who are not planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa but whose application package still requires an official English proficiency exam score must submit their official TOEFL or IELTS score to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students in this case will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official TOEFL or IELTS score and their application package is complete. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

Academic Integrity Notice

Reminder about Academic Integrity

The University of San Diego assumes that applicants who utilize these provisions will be able to meet the regular admissions requirement(s) within a reasonable time once official services are re-established. Should it be discovered that a student has falsified their credentials during the admissions process, the University reserves the right to take action in accord with its policy on academic integrity. This policy can be found on pg. 32 of the Graduate Catalog.

Have questions? Please contact us at grads@sandiego.edu.