Transcripts & Academic Requirements

Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application process. Upload your unofficial transcripts in the online application. Official copies are not currently required for the application (only for accepting an offer of admission), however we reserve the right to change this requirement at any time.

 

  • 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 its 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.

  • Students who graduated from a school in the United States must send in official, sealed transcripts with all final grades, final GPA, and must show the month/year the degree was awarded. 

  • Students who graduated from a school outside of the United States must either send in official, sealed transcripts with all final grades, final GPA, and degree information or an official degree certificate or, new for the year 2022, submit a course-by-course ICAP evaluation from World Education Services (WES).

    • Starting with the fall 2023 application cycle (October 2022), all students who graduated from a school outside of the United States will be required to submit a course-by-course ICAP evaluation from WES in order to verify their degrees for admission.

 

We also require verification of 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.

 

 

Did you attend a school outside of the United States?

Please refer to the instructions for submitting International Transcripts.

Special instructions are listed below for students who attended schools in China, India and Iran.

 

Delivery Instructions for Official 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: 

 

GRADUATE APPLICATION PROCESSING

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 from these approved transcript services: Parchment, Credential Solutions, e-Scrip Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, OpenCerts, or World Education Services only.

  • We do not accept transcripts or certificates that do not use an e-transcript service (i.e. the school emails your transcripts or certificates to UC Santa Cruz). Your school must mail a hardcopy transcript and certificate to UC Santa Cruz in a signed and sealed envelope if they do not use a transcript service.

  • We do not accept PDF or scanned copies of transcripts that come to us from the student directly, either.

E-transcripts should be addressed to either UC Santa Cruz Graduate Admissions or gradadm@ucsc.edu.

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

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 [gradadm@ucsc.edu] 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. 

Students who have attended an institution in China
Admitted students who graduated from an institution in China need to submit the following official documents in order to verify any degrees:
  •  Either a course-by-course ICAP evaluation from World Education Services (WES)*, or 

  • A CSSD** Verification Report of Final Transcript, and Qualification Certificate (in English), and CSSD Verified Report of Student Record (in English and Chinese)

    1. Request and submit official transcripts directly through Parchment-CSSD, go to CSSD to get started. The transcripts should be addressed to gradadm@ucsc.edu; you will not need to submit a hard copy of your transcript. 

    2. And a Certificate of Degree (in English and Chinese), certified copy from the school

      1. Request from your school; mail this to UC Santa Cruz (see detailed address).

    3. And the CDGDC degree electronic certification report, including report number/verification code

      1. Chinese: http://cqv.chinadegrees.cn/cn/

      2. English: http://www.chinadegrees.cn/en/

      3. Must be sent directly from CDGDC to gradadm@ucsc.edu 

 

Please note that verification from CSSD or CDGDC is only required when a degree was earned at an institution in China, and only after you are offered admission. It is not necessary for transfer work or study abroad done in China; those course credits should appear on the home school's records.

* The course-by-course ICAP Evaluation from WES will be required for all admitted applicants verifying degrees from non-US institutions starting with the fall 2023 application cycle (October 2022).

**The China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) has been renamed the Center for Student Services and Development, Ministry of Education, P. R. China (CSSD), in accordance with the instructions of the General Office, MOE. This change took effect February 16, 2022. 

Students who have attended an institution in India
  • Is your school affiliated to a university? You must upload unofficial transcripts or marks sheets from the university, not the affiliated school, and send in official transcripts and degree certificates from the main university to verify your degrees.

    • Also, in the Prior Institutions section of the application, only enter the name of the main university (e.g. Anna University, Visvesvaraya Technological University, Osmania 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 mailed directly from your degree-granting institution, or a course-by-course ICAP Evaluation from World Education Services (WES)*, 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.

 
* The course-by-course ICAP Evaluation from WES will be required for all admitted applicants verifying degrees from non-US institutions starting with the fall 2023 application cycle (October 2022).
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. You may, in place of sending your transcript directly, send a course-by-course ICAP Evaluation from World Education Services (WES)*. 

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

* The course-by-course ICAP Evaluation from WES will be required for all admitted applicants verifying degrees from non-US institutions starting with the fall 2023 application cycle (October 2022).