Each international applicant is required to submit official records from all academic institutions attended.
Information for International Applicants
Submitting international transcripts
When applying to a UCLA graduate program, each international applicant is required to submit official records from all academic institutions attended.
Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution—not photocopies—which bear the actual signature of the Registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. If you have attended more than one institution, separate official records should be submitted by each institution.
If your academic record cannot be replaced, obtain a properly certified copy (do keep original copies for yourself). Never send a document to UCLA that cannot be replaced; submitted records become the property of the university and cannot be returned.
Any applicant whose first language is not English must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application.
Minimum TOEFL & IELTS Scores
A TOEFL score of at least 560 on the paper and pencil test or 220 on the computer based test is the minimum required for applicants to graduate programs at UCLA; some majors may require higher scores as noted in Departmental Information.
For the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT), the following are minimum passing scores for each section and the minimum total passing score:
- Writing: 25
- Speaking: 24
- Reading: 21
- Listening: 17
- Total minimum passing score: 87
An IELTS overall band score of at least 7.0 is the minimum required.
Applications are not considered complete without the test scores.
TOEFL scores should be sent to your major department, be sure to list the TOEFL institution code for UCLA 4837.
IELTS scores should be sent to your major department and the Graduate Division.
Please note that TOEFL scores are considered valid for only two years. If several scores are submitted, only the most recent is considered.