Applicants must provide the following:
1) Official transcripts from each college or university attended indicating you have attained at least a bachelor's degree. Admission standards to UC Irvine require a 3.0 GPA, but some special considerations may apply.
2) Three confidential letters of recommendation from three people who can evaluate your academic and professional achievement, describe your strengths and weaknesses, and comment on your character, integrity and motivation. Letters which speak to your ability to perform in a post graduate academic program are especially useful. These letters should be from professors, supervisors, or others (no family) who can attest to your work ethic, analytical thinking, communication skills, leadership potential, motivation, and commitment.
3) Two formal statements demonstrating your writing ability and clarity of thought which includes a personal history describing your previous professional and academic achievements, and a formal statement of purpose, detailing current goals, and specifically how and why the MAS program will help you achieve them. In your statement of purpose you must also describe a potential capstone paper topic (required in the second year of study), including what you intend to study, why the subject is of interest to you, and how the topic relates to the MAS curriculum more generally. Your statement will be formally evaluated and is a significant part of your application. The Personal History** and Statement of Purpose writing samples are submitted electronically as part of your online application. The Personal History should be 600 words or less and the Statement of Purpose should be 800 words or less.
The GRE is NOT required for MAS applicants, however, the above writing samples are REQUIRED. Please be sure to follow the prompt outlined above. This is more specific than the prompt outlined within the standard graduate application.
**Please note: If you are an International Student, you will need to include your Personal History as part of your Statement of Purpose since it is not a separate required category.
The committee members will carefully consider each element of your application in balance, as they are seeking well-rounded candidates with a proven history of academic and/or professional success. Your personal statement is a critical element of the application process — an opportunity to describe your academic history and your career path. The committee is especially interested in the demonstration of your ability to think analytically and act strategically. Your letters of recommendation are another important part of the process and you should choose recommenders who can write clear statements about your character, achievements, and abilities.
Once you have completed your online application and provided all materials listed above, the Admissions Committee will begin reviewing your packet. The application cycle is September 1, 2016 through April 15, 2017. You are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure your space in the program while your materials undergo review.