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Graduate Application Checklist

  1. Online Application and Fee: Submit the online admission application. After you have completed the application, make the application fee payment using the online payment system. *Note: if you apply for a fee waiver, do not pay the fee unless you are contacted by the Graduate Division.

  2. Transcripts: For the initial reiew process, upload a scanned copy of all college level course work. If recommended for admissions, official transcripts will be required. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes issued by the institution(s) you have attended. All academic records submitted to our office become the property of the University, and cannot be return.

  3. GRE scores: As of Fall 2021 admissions cycle, the GRE requirement is up to the individual graduate program. Please visit our Application Requirements Page and review your program's requirements under the "Indivdidual Program Requirements" section. It is the responsibility of the applicant to submit your verified GRE scores if your program requires the test score. The GRE institution code for UC Merced is 4129. The GMAT institution code for UC Merced is Z9H-CF.

  4. Letters of Recommendations: Three letters of recommendation are required for graduate admissions. Preferably from professors or instructors in the proposed field of study.

  5. TOEFL/ IELTS (International applicants only): Please select institution code 4129 to have your official score sent to UC Merced. Please visit our International Applicants Information page for more information.

  6. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Submit by March 2 to meet priority processing. This form may be filled out online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. UC Merced's federal code is 041271.

  7. Statement of Purpose and Personal History


Send required documents to:

UC Merced
Graduate Division
5200 North Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343