Exceptional Student Admission Program (ESAP)
*Subject to change*
Effective W21, a student who has NOT already received an ESAP eligibility notification and believes he/she has meet ALL ESAP eligibility, MUST complete the CCLE survey in the quarter that student meets all eligibility (see Step 10 below).
The survey is open during weeks 1-2 of the F, W, Sp quarters and during the summer (see exact dates below).
ESAP eligibility verifications audits for students who have completed the survey are typically run by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs during Weeks 4 and 5 of the F, W, Sp terms, and again in late July/August, to assure all grades for the previous term(s) are posted and accurately calculated into the GPAs.
What is ESAP?
ESAP is a guarantee of admission to the UCLA Samueli Engineering M.S. program for outstanding UCLA engineering undergraduates who have met certain criteria. The program that these students are admitted to is the exact same program to which any other M.S. applicant is applying, with the difference being the guarantee of admission. ESAP admitted students are genuine graduate students who are eligible for graduate fellowships and Teaching Assistant positions.
ESAP students must complete the regular graduate admissions application form and must meet the posted application deadlines. ESAP students should not delay submitting their applications and supporting materials whether or not they have received their ESAP letters. There is an application fee, and applicants must provide the department with copies of their transcripts (unofficial UCLA transcripts are sufficient).
ESAP is for admissions to the graduate program of your BS department. ESAP students are also eligible for the M.S. Online (MSOL) program and the new Master of Engineering (MEng) program, so you may select between whichever of the three options you would like.
To be eligible students must have:
- An overall Cumulative UC GPA of at least 3.500
- A Major Field Upper Division GPA of at least 3.500
- A valid degree term declared on myUCLA
- Review your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report, after having declaring your Technical Breadth Area and major options on MyEngineering. DARS must confirm that you have no more than 36* units remaining to be completed for the B.S. degree (including in progress, as well as units needed for degree including a minor, double major or excess units since part of the criteria is CUM GPA which includes all graded course work)
- *Please note effective W21 students who believe they are eligible for ESAP and have NOT yet received an ESAP eligibility MUST complete the ESAP CCLE (see step 10 below)
- Students must meet the GPA requirements a minimum 1 quarter prior to degree completion
- Active student status when the eligibility audit is run (i.e. cannot be a non-registered or graduated student)
- Comply with degree audit information by submitting and reviewing required documentation
- Received an official ESAP Eligibility Notice email from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Students should NOT assume ESAP eligibility if a notification has not been received.
- If a student has 36 units or less to degree completion and meets ALL the criteria above and has NOT received an email ESAP eligibility notification, they MUST complete this survey during weeks 1-2 of the quarter**.
Do not fill out the survey if you have already received an ESAP eligibility notification as outlined in #9.
**CCLE survey is open the following dates:
Fall 2021: September 26, 2021 – October 8, 2021
Winter 2022: January 3, 2022 – January 14, 2022
Spring 2022: March 28, 2022 – April 8, 2022
Summer 2022: July 18, 2022 – July 29, 2022
- File and meet the posted deadlines for filing the graduate admissions application.
If you expect to become ESAP eligible AFTER the posted graduate admissions deadline, it is advised you complete the graduate application and ALL supplemental materials that are required for NON-ESAP students.
Students who meet the above conditions will receive an email notification informing them of their ESAP eligibility. To maintain your eligibility you must maintain the specified GPAs and complete your B.S. degree. Admission is guaranteed to the graduate program in the department in which you earned your B.S. degree, for the time period specified in the ESAP notification, subject to your meeting the posted deadlines for filing the graduate admissions application.
For ESAP students in the departments of Bioengineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering:
the guarantee of admission is valid for three academic quarters after students earn an undergraduate degree. The formal application may be filed within this time frame. Students should meet with their graduate department’s Student Affairs Officers to discuss the scheduling of courses and to best plan which quarter is most beneficial to enroll (contact information below). Additionally, please note the quarter in which you intend to enroll may have a significant impact upon the availability of financial aid.
Students are not required to take the GRE. However, GRE scores may be required for students who want to be considered for departmental financial support or for other departmental purposes. Check directly with your department. If you are ESAP and do not take the GRE nor intend to, on the online application you should be able to leave blank the date that you plan to take the GRE.
Students are required to only submit 2 letters of recommendation. The two recommenders should be professors in your department. The recommendations are for purposes of determining the appropriate area of study; as a graduate student. The system will email your recommenders and ask them to submit their recommednations electronically (you are advised to inform your professors that they have been listed on your graduate application as references and that you confirm their email addresses).
On the 3rd recommender line of the supplemental application which you will be prompted to complete during the admissions application process, to flag your ESAP status for the 3rd reference you should be able to enter: first = “esap” last = “esap” email = either the applicant’s own email address, or type = Graduate Division Recommendation .
Merit based financial support is at the discretion of the department, but has no bearing upon admission itself. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
For ESAP students in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering:
students must apply for the Fall quarter that immediately follows their B.S. degree completion.
Students may forgo submitting GRE scores (If you are ESAP and do not take the GRE nor intend to, on the online application you should be able to leave blank the date that you plan to take the GRE) and are required to only submit 2 letters of recommendation.
For Computer Science, On the 3rd recommender line of the supplemental application which you will be prompted to complete during the admissions application process, to flag your ESAP status for the 3rd reference you should be able to enter: first = “esap” last = “esap” email = either the applicant’s own email address, or type = Graduate Division Recommendation .
Since the Computer engineering major, is jointly administered by the Computer Science Department and by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (formerly the Electrical Engineering Department), ESAP students in that major have the option to apply to either department’s graduate program.
Note: ESAP is only applicable for the M.S. program.
Questions regarding ESAP Eligibility should be directed to the ESAP Message Center Queue
All ESAP Students
ESAP students must complete the regular graduate admissions application form and must meet the posted application deadlines. ESAP students should not delay submitting their applications and supporting materials whether or not they have received their ESAP letters.
There is an application fee, and applicants must provide the department with copies of their transcripts (unofficial UCLA transcripts are sufficient).
|Bioengineering||Judy Chhoeung||5121L ENGR V||(310)794-5945|
|Miguel Perez||5531 Boelter Hall||(310)825-1203|
|Mimi Baik||5732A Boelter Hall||(310)825-1851|
|291 ENGR VI||
|Electrical and Computer
|57-127 ENGR IV||
3111 ENGR V
3121L ENGR V
|Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering||
46-127J ENGR IV
46-127K ENGR IV
|MyUCLA Message Center
|Master of Engineering Program (MEng Program)||Jaine Park||4732 Boelter Hall||310-825-6542|
|M.S. Online (MSOL) program||Shanna Revoner||4732 Boelter Hall||(310)825-6505|
To file the graduate admissions application on-line, start here.