Students accepted into this program have full-time graduate student status for one academic year and are eligible to take any graduate or undergraduate level course offered (subject to individual course enrollment limits and consent of instructor). Students can remain in this program for a maximum of one year.
Non-degree students do not receive financial aid from the Division of Biological Sciences and should seek out their own financial support. Students are not eligible for University Housing. Students are not assigned faculty advisors and must make their own academic plans. Thus, it is advisable for students to research the courses that are offered on our campus to see if they meet the individual's needs. In addition, laboratory space will not be provided for the non-degree student. Arrangements can be made between the students and a faculty member for laboratory space at their joint discretion, but this is not an obligation of the Division of Biological Sciences.
Applicants to the Non-Degree Program must complete and submit the online UCSD Application for Graduate Study and all supporting documents, including official transcripts form all post-secondary institutions attended, official GRE score report, statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. MCAT or other nationally recognized standardized test scores are acceptable in lieu of GRE scores. Qualified applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their upper-division courses to be accepted. Justification will not be made for those who fall below the GPA minimum.
The online application is available on March 15th and must be submitted by May 1st of the intended year of entrance.
For questions, please send an email to the Biological Sciences Graduate Admissions Coordinator:
University of California, San Diego
Division of Biological Sciences
Graduate Admissions Office, Mail Code 0348
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0348