FAQs

FAQs for PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS 

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IMPORTANT: Please avoid the checklist on the online application that may indicate missing items such as your GRE score, or other items; it is not necessarily accurate.  WE WILL CONTACT YOU DIRECTLY if there are items missing from your application.

University-Wide Council on Engineering Education (UCEE) 2017 Report  

If I have questions, who should I contact?
Is there an application fee?

Enrollment Information
What are the majors currently offered? What courses are required?
How do I enroll?
What is the estimated cost of the program?
Do I have to be enrolled in the program to take a course?

Technical Information
What are the hardware and software requirements in order to complete coursework?

Miscellaneous 
What is the calendar for the M.S. Engr. online program?
Will the degree or the transcripts from the online program state “Masters online”?
What if my specific area is not offered?

If I have questions, who should I contact?

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Is there an application fee?

The non-refundable application fee ($105.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents; $125.00 for all other applicants) can be paid by credit card.

The application fee must be paid before an application can be processed.  (UCLA accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express).

For more information, please visit: https://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/admisinfo.html#Fees

What are the areas currently offered? What courses are required?

Courses are listed by area of study on our homepage.  Please click on the associated link.

UCLA is on the quarter system.  The MS Engineering degree requirements include *nine 4-credit hour courses.  (Note that a 4-credit hour course on the quarter system covers the same course material as a 3-credit hour course taught on the semester system). 

* A student may propose a sequence he/she is interested in which may mix courses from various areas. As part of the proposal, the student must list the courses he/she wishes to take and must demonstrate that course pre-requisites would not be a issue. The student’s proposal will be subject to faculty review and approval.  Scheduled course offerings can be found here: https://www.msol.ucla.edu/course-schedule/

How do I enroll?

Please log-on to MyUCLA to self-enroll in courses for the upcoming term.

What is the estimated cost of the program?

Each course is $4,000 (The fee for the 9-course program is $36,000).  Courses taken through UNEX are assessed an additional $300 University Extension processing fee.

With respect to additional costs for textbooks, UCLA instructors sometimes use their own notes and other times use texts, etc. Generally, we are unaware of the exact cost until the course begins. On average, an estimate of about $100.00 can be expected to be added per course.

Do I have to be enrolled in the program to take a course?

No, it is not necessary to be enrolled in the program to take an MSOL course.  Non-matriculating students may take courses through UCLA’s University Extension (UNEX). The cost is $4,000 plus a $300 University Extension processing fee.  For more information, please view our course registration page for a list of course offerings, then e-mail to seek permission to enroll.

What are the hardware and software requirements in order to complete coursework?

This can vary greatly depending on the course you are taking. In general, the program provides remote access to engineering software that may be required. For the more graphic/intensive applications, a wired network system is desired. Overall you will require:

  1. A broadband connection (Cable, Fiber, or DSL)
  2. Remote desktop capability to remote.seas.ucla.edu (if needed for your class).
  3. Adobe Flash Player plugin (9.0.0 or greater) must be installed.
  4. An acceptable version of a browser for your platform as shown below:
    • Windows 7 & 8.1: IE 9+, Firefox 28+, and Chrome 34+
    • Mac OS X 10.9: Firefox 28+, Chrome 34+, and Safari 6.0+
    • Linux Red Hat 6: Firefox 28+

What is the calendar for the MSOL Program?

The MSOL Program follows the traditional campus calendar: http://registrar.ucla.edu/Calendars/Overview

Will the degree or the transcripts from the online program state “Masters Online”?

Each student’s transcript will list courses by department name and course number in the same fashion as they are for on-campus programs. The transcript’s degree designation will read “Master of Science in Engineering – (Your Major)” and there will be no mention of “online” on your diploma.  For students enrolled in the Data Science, Engineering Management, Mechanics of Structures, Reliability Engineering, Systems Engineering, or Sustainable Water programs, degrees will be titled as: Master of Science in Engineering with an additional (separate) Certificate of Specialization in your area.

What if my specific area is not offered?

Please complete our survey.