Application – How to Apply

Below are step by step instructions, guiding you through the application process. Please follow these instructions carefully.

Thank you for your interest in the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. The deadline to submit your completed application for Fall 2018 admission is January 3, 2019. Your application cannot be evaluated until it is complete. * Financial support may be awarded by the Department at the time of admissions recommendation. Notifications of admission and support will be sent beginning in mid-February. *All applicants are considered for financial support.

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The following documentation is required and must be submitted before your application can be reviewed.

1. Application for Graduate Admission, (Part A)

Submit a Graduate Admissions Application on-line from the Graduate Division website AND non-refundable application fee ($105 for US citizens and Permanent Residents, $125.00 for all other applicants).

In addition to the application fee, please complete the following require forms on-line:

a. Supplementary Information (including, basic information, biographical data, citizenship and residency, plans for graduate studies, and academic history)

b. Statement of Purpose 

c. Three Letters of Recommendation 

d. Official Transcripts 
You may upload your transcripts HOWEVER, you will need to send OFFICIAL Transcript(s) of all college/university work completed are required. If transcripts are not in English, an authorized, complete, and exact English translation must also be provided. The upload transcripts will be on considered UNOFFICIAL. Please see #4 for the mailing address.

e. CV / resume

f. Fellowship application (if you wish to be considered for merit-based financial support). For US citizens and Permanent Residents - this process is separate from the need-based financial support through FAFSA.

2. Departmental Application

The departmental Supplemental Graduate Program Application is available on-line.

3. General test GRE scores


Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score report from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is required.

4. TOEFL scores (International applicants only)


Official TOEFL scores report from the ETS is required for international applicants who have not received a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction and/or whose first language is not English. Although an official copy from ETS is required, submitting a photocopy is recommended. There are often delays in receiving the ETS copy of this record.

5. Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts (PDF) of all college/university work completed. If transcripts are not in English, an authorized, complete, and exact English translation must also be provided.

5a. Evidence of conferral of degree(s)

This may be in the form of a certified copy of a diploma or a notation on the transcript which indicates that the degree has been awarded. Documents not in English must be accompanied by an authorized, complete, and exact English translation.

Mailing Instructions:

Send your Official Transcripts (in sealed envelopes) to:

University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences 
c/o Kimberly Perez
405 Hilgard Avenue
7127 Math Sciences Building, Box 951565 
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1565

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Perez, Student Affairs Officer.


If you have not taken the GRE or TOEFL (if applicable), you should take it as soon as possible. Official scores received after the application deadline will delay your application evaluation. UCLA discourages the awarding of duplicate degrees and does not defer admissions. Students who are interested in apply for Winter or Spring quarters, applications will be considered on a case by case basis for admission only (and will not be considered for departmental financial support).

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