Graduate Program Admissions Frequently asked Questions
Q: When is the graduate admission application for fall 2020 due?
A: The priority deadline for fall 2020 is Friday, December 13. Shortly after the deadline, a group of faculty (the Graduate Studies Committee) will start to review the submitted applications. While all applications submitted after the priority deadline will also be reviewed, the majority of admitted applicants will be from those applications that were submitted on or before the priority deadline. With that said, if you’ve spoken with a potential Faculty Advisor and they have encouraged you to apply, please consider doing so, regardless of the deadline. If you have questions about this, please contact Alesha Jaennette, the Graduate Student Affairs Advisor at email@example.com.
Q: How do I know if I should apply for the MA or PhD?
A: If your long term goal is to pursue a doctoral agree, then we encourage you to apply for the PhD. We provide generous funding packages to our PhD students, but we do not fund the MA program. It is important to note that students who enter the PhD program after completing their bachelor’s degree will be given the opportunity to earn their MA in route to the PhD. If you have questions about this, please contact Alesha Jaennette, the Graduate Student Affairs Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are applicants with MA degrees more likely to be admitted into the PhD program than applicants without an MA?
A: No. Admissions into the PhD program is based on the strength of the application in terms of: 1) the strength and originality of their proposed research topic, 2) the availability of one or more faculty members with expertise needed to support the proposed research topic, and 3) the potential of the applicant to succeed in graduate studies, as evidenced by the statement of purpose, GRE scores, GPA, strength of writing sample, and support expressed in letters of recommendations.
Q: What materials are required for graduate admissions consideration?
A: We require that all applicants provide an electronic copy of the transcripts from all institutions attended at the time of application submission. The transcripts can be official PDFs provided by the institutions or scanned copies of official and unofficial transcripts. You can upload these documents in the ‘Additional Information’ section of the application, which is at the end of the section where your Personal History Statement and Statement of Purpose are collected. We can use these PDFs for admissions consideration, but if you are offered admission, you will then be required to provide sealed, official paper copies of all transcripts prior to being permitted to enroll as a student at UCR. If you are unable to upload these documents to the application for some reason, please submit them via email to Aleshaj@ucr.edu, with “Graduate Application Materials” in the subject line.
Q: Do we encourage applicants to reach out to faculty prior to or during the application process?
A: While some programs discourage this, we encourage you to reach out to faculty who you are interested in potentially working with, in order to discuss the graduate program and start a dialogue about your research interests. However, while this step is advisable, it is not required for admissions consideration.
Q: If I have questions about the program, funding, faculty, requirements, resources, opportunities, normative time to completion or any other questions, whom should I contact?
A: The staff member that can answer these questions is Alesha Jaennette, the Graduate Student Affairs Advisor, at email@example.com
Q: What kind of funding does the department offer to graduate students upon admission?
A: The base package covers tuition in the first year, along with a generous stipend. For the remaining years, students are provided with guaranteed Teaching Assistantships that come with a generous salary and a partial (~94%) tuition waiver. Besides the base package, applicants have also been awarded an addition $4,000-$50,000 in fellowship funds depending upon the strength of the application and eligibility of certain funds.
Q: Does the department offer funding for graduate students beyond the initial admissions funding package?
A: Yes! The department awards thousands of dollars to graduate students every year in order to help them fund the cost of their research and travel.
Q: Are there funding opportunities outside of the department?
A: Yes, there are many campus-wide funding opportunities, as well as training resources on how to apply for external funding opportunities. Our graduate students have been very successful in securing department, campus-wide and external funding!
Q: How many students do you take each year?
A: In the last several years we have brought in a starting class of 10-16 [should we say 14? Or is 16 closer to the mark?] graduate students.
Q: What are graduate students in your department studying?
A: Check out bios for our graduate students here! à https://history.ucr.edu/graduate-students