Structural Engineering

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Prospective Graduate Student Application Information

M.S. and Ph.D. Application for Fall 2022 opened on September 8th, 2021.

Ph.D Applications has closed on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022
M.S. Application Close Date: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

Apply here: https://connect.grad.ucsd.edu/apply/

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the UCSD graduate division requires at least a B.S. degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00. Applications are accepted only for fall quarter.

Application Fee (non-refundable) & Deposit Fees

US Citizens and Permanent Resident Applicants: $120.00 International Applicants: $140.00

Please note the application fee is non-refundable.

The application fee is payable by major credit card: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, and JCB.

You can apply to more than one department. However, you will need to pay the fee for each application. 

There are no limits on the number of applications, but they need to be in different departments.

If you are experiencing financial hardships, you may request an Application Fee Waiver.

If accepted into a SE Graduate program, there are no deposit fees at this time.  This is subject to change.

Admission Statistics

Please check the Graduate Division website: https://grad.ucsd.edu/about/grad-data/admissions.html

They list:

  • Admissions Data
  • Enrollment Data
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Completion Rates
  • Initial Placement for Alumni. 
GRE Information

The GRE test requirement is waived admissions cycle for Master of Science (M.S.) applicants. With that said, because the Structural Engineering Department reviews all application materials in its entirety, GRE scores will also be considered if submitted. However, the GRE is required for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) applicants.

Applicants who are applying for the Structural Engineering Department should take the GRE exam no later than November to ensure the timely receipt of score results. Consult the GRE Information & Registration Bulletin for further information at www.ets.org.

The general GRE test is required; subject GRE test is not required.

Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing are the three areas tested.  


UCSD Institution Code: 4836

International students from non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in English via the TOEFL exam. The minimum TOEFL score required is 85 for the internet-based test (iBt). The minimum score for the IELTS exam is 7. Additional information can be found at www.ets.org.

Online application consists of the following:

  1. Online Graduate Application
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. 3-letters of Recommendation
  4. Transcripts (from all institutions attended since High School)*
  5. General GRE Scores 
    The GRE test requirement is waived for Master of Science (M.S.) applicants. With that said, because the Structural Engineering Department reviews all application materials in its entirety, GRE scores will also be considered if submitted. The GRE is required for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) applicants.
  6. TOEFL Score Results (international students only)
  7. Resume/CV


*Applicants will be required to scan and upload transcripts directly into their graduate application when completing their application. Do not send official transcripts until it has been requested by the Department. Official transcripts will be requested when/if you are admitted into our program.

Major Code

When applying for Admission, you'll be able to select a Major Code

SE M.S. Major Codes: 

  • SE 75: Structural Engineering 
  • SE 81: Structural Engineering with a Specialization in Health Monitoring and Non-Destructive Evaluation
  • SE 82: Geotechnical Engineering 

SE Ph.D. Major Code: 

  • SE 75: Structural Engineering 
Important Admissions Links

GRADUATE DIVISION: http://grad.ucsd.edu

ADMISSIONS FAQs: https://grad.ucsd.edu/admissions/admission-faq/index.html

GRADUATE APPLICATION:  https://connect.grad.ucsd.edu/apply/


Department Mailing Address

Department of Structural Engineering
Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive Mail Code 0085
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085

Email: se-gradadm@eng.ucsd.edu 
Web: http://structures.ucsd.edu


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