Admissions FAQs

If I have questions, who should I contact?

Please send your questions to

I do not have a bachelor’s degree in data science or computer science. Am I still eligible for admission?

Yes, applicants with a bachelor’s degree in another major may apply.  If you do not have a computer or data science degree, however, you will need to show that you have programming skills through work, research, or coursework outside of your major.

How much is the application fee?

The non-refundable application fee is $135 USD for US citizens and Permanent Residents, and $155 USD for all other applicants.

The application fee must be paid before an application can be processed. (UCLA accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express).

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Can I apply for Winter or Spring admission? What are the deadlines?

While we expect most applicants to apply for fall quarter admission, applications are also accepted for winter and spring quarters.

Fall: June 15th 
Winter: October 15th
Spring: January 15th
Summer: April 15th

What is the minimum GPA required for admission?

Entering students are required to have completed a B.S. degree with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Is the GRE required for admission?

No, we do not require the GRE for admission to this program.

How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

The online application will allow you to enter three names and their e-mail addresses. The application system will then prompt these individuals to complete a recommendation on your behalf and upload them to the application portal. You cannot upload the letters yourself.

Do I have to take the TOEFL?

Any applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA.  Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). IELTS is administered by local IELTS test centers throughout the world. Applicants should consult IELTS for the nearest test center.

How will I be informed of the admissions decision?

Computational Medicine may send a courtesy e-mail with a recommendation of admission, which will be followed by the official notification from the Dean of the UCLA Division of Graduate Education. The Dean’s email will direct you to the Division of Graduate Education’s application site to check their “Decision Status.”  Applicants should sign-in to their account to read the official decision letter.  If admitted, the conditions of admission and information and instructions concerning registration (via a link to the Statement of Intent to Register – SIR) will be included as part of the offer of admission letter.  Admission letters are only available electronically and are not mailed to applicants; however, you may print it from the Division of Graduate Education site.

Is there a deadline to submit my SIR?

The deadline to submit your intent to register (SIR) is the first day of instruction for the quarter to which you applied. We follow the UCLA academic calendar.

Once you receive an offer of admission, we encourage you to submit the SIR as soon possible.  Please note that if you submit your SIR after the term’s payment due date, you will be charged a late registration fee. To view the dates and deadlines for each quarter, please visit the UCLA Term Calendar.

Once I submit my SIR, when can I enroll?

After you submit your intent to register, it takes 2-3 business days for your enrollment to become active.  After that period has elapsed, you will be able to register in a course.

If I was not admitted, can I reapply?

Yes, applicants who are not admitted can reapply the following academic year.

I am interested in the Biodeisgn AI program.  Where can I find more information?

You can find information about the UCLA Biodeisgn AI program on the program website.

I want to apply to the Biodesign AI program. What do I need to do?

To apply to the UCLA Biodesign AI program, you must BOTH fill out a regular Data Science in Biomedicine MS application as well as fill out the UCLA Biodesign AI form on the program website.