Transcripts & Academic Requirements

Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application process. Upload your unofficial transcripts in the online application. Hard copies are not required for the application (only for accepting an offer of admission).


  • Unofficial copies may either be scanned versions of your official transcript or a downloaded PDF from your institution's online portal.

  • Refer to the Document Scanning Guidelines for requirements and information about scanning and uploading your unofficial transcripts to the admissions application. 


In your application please include every college-level institution you have attended, regardless of length of time in attendance, and whether academic course work was completed or not. If you attended an institution through a study-abroad or exchange program, please list the home institution only.

DO NOT include a "Degree Date" if you will not or have not earned a degree from that university; we will verify every degree you indicate as having received if you are offered and accept admission to UCSC.


Failure to disclose your complete enrollment history on the application for admission may disqualify you from consideration or result in the revocation of an admission offer. See our policy on Application Falsification for more information.

Academic Requirements for Admission


In order to qualify for admission to graduate school at UC Santa Cruz, applicants must have:


  • A bachelor's degree or it's equivalent from an accredited university awarded (conferred) prior to the quarter in which admission is sought. 

    • Applicants with a three-year undergraduate degree must also hold a post graduate diploma, Master’s Degree, or a higher degree.

      • Bologna Accord degrees are acceptable for admission purposes. Degrees that follow the Bologna Accord must state as such in the official transcript. 

    • Vocational, secretarial, associate, or technical degrees are not acceptable as a first degree. 

    • Degrees that are completed through extension universities are not acceptable as first degrees.

  • A cumulative or overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate education.

Satisfaction of minimal standards does not, however, guarantee admission, since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of places available. As a consequence, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated. Students must refer to individual departments for additional admission criteria.

Degree Verification

You must present official evidence that you have received a 4-year bachelor's degree or it's equivalent from an accredited institution of higher education to qualify for graduate study at UC Santa Cruz. Verification of UC Santa Cruz bachelor's degrees can usually be accomplished electronically.

Your overall GPA, major of study, degree title, and month and year your degree was awarded must be displayed on the official transcript. If your university doesn't display degree award information on the official transcript, and does not issue a degree certificate with this information, you must include a diploma.

We also require an official transcript to verify any graduate-level degree(s) earned.


Academic records (transcripts, diplomas, certifications) submitted to UCSC will NOT be returned to the applicant, nor will copies be forwarded to any other persons or agency.


International Students: please refer to the instructions for submitting International Transcripts.


Hard copies:

Transcripts and/or degree verifications must be sealed (unopened) in an envelope originating from the degree-granting institution. Only one copy of your transcript is required. Official transcripts should be addressed to: 



UC Santa Cruz

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064


For parcel services (FedEx, DHL, UPS), indicate "Kerr Hall - 500" after the street address. 

Electronic copies:

Official e-transcripts are acceptable; we can not accept PDF or scanned copies of transcripts that come to us from the student directly. E-transcripts should be addressed to either UC Santa Cruz Graduate Admissions or


PLEASE NOTE: Make sure your transcripts are not sent to Undergraduate Admissions at UC Santa Cruz as that is a separate office. We highly recommend you manually write-in our email address [] for e-transcript services like Credentials Solutions, Parchment, eScrip and others; using their pre-selected address for UC Santa Cruz or University of California, Santa Cruz, will typically default to undergraduate admissions and will delay the arrival of your transcripts. 

Your major of study, degree title, and month and year your degree was awarded must be displayed on the official transcript or degree verification.

Students who have attended an institution in India
  • For students who attended schools affiliated to universities: in the Prior Institutions section of the application, only enter the name of the main university (e.g. Anna University, Visvesvaraya Technological University, etc.) to which your college or institution is affiliated.

  • If you are admitted to UCSC, we will require that an official, sealed transcript be sent directly from your degree-granting institution prior to enrollment at UC Santa Cruz. Provisional degree certificates are not considered verification of a degree; you will need to cooperate with our division to ensure your final degree certificate is received.

  • Students with three-year degrees from India must also have been conferred:

    • a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in the same field of study; or

    • a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM); or

    • a master's degree, to be considered eligible for admission.

    • Bachelor's degrees in India that are three-year degrees are BA, BS, BBA, BCA, B Comm and BFA.

Students who have attended an institution in China

  • Your transcript must include a degree certificate, and the transcript and certificates must be in English as well as in Chinese.

  • If your school only issues you a single copy of your transcript, register online with The China academic Degrees & Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) at for a degree verification report, and send the English language version link to We will also need to see your official transcript for your complete coursework.

Students who have attended an institution in Iran


  • Your transcript must be translated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Ministry of Justice, if your school can not issue English language versions of your records.

  • A diploma must be included (original and translated version).