Exceptional Student Admission (ESAP) Program
*Subject to change*
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).
The Exceptional Student Admission Program (ESAP), recognizes outstanding Samueli Engineering undergraduate students who wish to enter a UCLA Samueli Engineering M.S. graduate program upon completion of the B.S. degree. ESAP admitted students are genuine graduate students who are eligible for graduate fellowships and Teaching Assistant positions. (ESAP eligibility audits 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, to assure all grades for the previous term(s) are posted and accurately calculated into the GPAs.)
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
- No more than 36* units remaining to be completed for the B.S. degree (including the present term’s units , as well as
units need for a minor or double major since part of the criteria is CUM GPA which includes all graded course work)
*please note that effective Fall 2020 this criteria may change to check for a minimum Upper Division Major
Units completed and/or there may be an ESAP application process implemented in Fall 2020 – changes will be detailed later in the Summer 2020 quarter if approved
- Students must meet the GPA requirements a minimum 1 quarter prior to degree completion
- Active student status when the eligibility audit is run (e.g. cannot be a non-registered or graduated student)
- Comply with degree audit information by submitting and reviewing required documentation
- Review your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report, after having declaring your Technical Breadth Area and major options on MyEngineering (If a student is following a catalog year prior to 2005-2006, and check that all your degree report is correct.
If you believe there is an issue or you have questions see an academic counselor.
- Received an official ESAP Eligibility Notice email from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Students should NOT assume ESAP eligibility if an email 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, it is the student’s responsibility to make an inquiry by emailing with the following information:
9b. UCLA ID#
9c. Expected Degree Completion term
9e. Courses that you still need to complete for degree completion (including present term)
Students who meet the above conditions will receive an email notice 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 letter, however, is subject to your meeting 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.
*since the new computer engineering major, effective F17, 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
For Non-Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ESAP students
For all non-Electrical and Computer Engineering Department ESAP students, 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.
ESAP 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.
ESAP 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 Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Department ESAP students
Since the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department’s M.S. program consists of all graduate courses that are sequenced, Electrical and Computer Engineering ESAP students must apply for the Fall quarter that immediately follows their B.S. degree completion.
ESAP 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 the 3rd recommender in the application, the text should be . You should put the first and last name of the recommender as ESAP / ESAP. The recommendation type selected should be Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering.
Note: ESAP is only applicable for the MS program. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD program must submit all required documents as listed on our website:
Admission into the PhD program is not guaranteed.
Check directly with your department for further questions.
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).
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