Exceptional Student Admission (ESAP) Program

*Subject to change*

The Exceptional Student Admission Program (ESAP), recognizes outstanding HSSEAS undergraduate students who wish to enter an HSSEAS 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 OASA 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:

  1. An overall Cumulative UC GPA of at least 3.500
  2. A Major Field Upper Division GPA of at least 3.500
  3. valid degree term declared on myUCLA
  4. No more than 36 units remaining to be completed for the B.S. degree (including the present term’s units)
  5. Students must meet the GPA requirements a minimum 1 quarter prior to degree completion
  6. Active student status when the eligibility audit is run (e.g. cannot be a non-registered or graduated student)
  7. Comply with degree audit information by submitting and reviewing required documentation
  8. Met with an OASA Academic Counselor in 6426 BH to review the 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, make an appointment to complete the Academic Program Planner with your  Academic Counselor at 6426 BH.)
  9. Received an official ESAP Eligibility Notice email from the HSSEAS 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:

8a. Name

8b. UCLA ID#

8c. Expected Degree Completion term

8d. Major

8e. 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
graduate program.

For Non-Electrical Engineering  ESAP students

For all non-Electrical Engineering 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 submit the names and email addresses of two references who are professors in their 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 references 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  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 .  They 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).

Departments are notified of the new ESAP students, but when students talk to the departments they should identify themselves as ESAP students.

Graduate Student Affairs Officers


Contact Room Email Phone
Bioengineering Apryll Chin
Stacey Fong
5121L ENGR V
5121F ENGR V

(310) 794-5072
Chemical &
Miguel Perez 5531 BH (310)825-1203
Civil &
Ben Rossi 5732A  Boelter Hall (310)825-1851
Joseph Brown 291 Eng VI (310)825-6830

Ryo Arreola

Julio Vega

Deeona Columbia

 57-127 Engr. IV




Science &

Lili Bulhoes

Patti Barrera


3111 Engr V

3121L Engr V



Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Abel Lebon

Annie Lee

46-127J Engineering IV

46-127K Engineering IV



Master of
Science in
Online Program
Shanna Revoner 7440 BH (310)825-6505

For any additional questions or problems please contact Jan LaBuda, 6426 BH, .

To file the graduate admissions application on-line, start here.


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