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Welcome to the MSOL Program!

Incoming Graduate Students

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Welcome to the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering – Master of Science in Engineering Online (MSOL) Program.

Our goal is to provide a pathway for employed engineers to continue their technical education beyond the undergraduate level. It is at the master’s level that engineers have the opportunity to learn a specialization in depth as they renew and update their technical knowledge in a rapidly changing industry. Reaching this educational milestone not only enhances their value to their technical organizations, it is also a notable personal achievement.


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In approximately two weeks, you will receive an email from the UCLA Graduate Division, the formal admission organization for all graduate and professional programs at UCLA. This email will contain relevant admission information and provide instructions on how to formally accept your offer of admission. This process is known as submitting your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

Please submit your SIR as soon as your decision is final. From the time you SIR, it takes approximately 2-3 business days for your enrollment to become active.

If you have academic work in progress, your admission to UCLA is contingent upon receipt of an official final transcript. An official transcript (with an award date) demonstrates that you have maintained the requirements for admission to the Samueli School of Engineering and MSOL Program.

At the latest, you will have until the first day of instruction of your admitted term to submit your SIR. The first day of instruction, registration deadlines, and other important dates can be found under the Academic Term Calendar. To avoid a late registration fee of $50, it is advised that you SIR well before the registration due date. If you SIR after the registration payment deadline, you will be subject to the late registration fee, which is automatically assessed by the Registrar’s Office. (Please note that MSOL does not manage student financial accounts, nor are we authorized to remove fees.)

All MSOL students are required to read the Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA. Read the document in full here.

NOTE TO STUDENTS ADMITTED IN FALL: If you were admitted to UCLA in the Fall term, you will not be able to enroll in the Summer Session.  You must wait until your admitted term OR enroll in a summer course via UCLA Extension (UNEX).


Orientation for incoming Spring 2021 students will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 3PM PT.  (An invitation will be sent via email in late February.)  If you were admitted to the program after the orientation date, please contact us at . We will set up a one-on-one meeting upon request.

Fall 2021 orientation TBA

Graduate Campus Tours are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Experience a virtual reality tour here.


Where can I view the Schedule of Classes?

The most accurate and up-to-date schedule of classes can be found on our Course Registration page, where courses are sorted alphabetically by major. Please note that MSOL courses will always end in SEC 80/81. Please do NOT enroll in courses that are not reflected on the course registration page.

Where can I view MyUCLA Features and Tutorials?
How do I enroll?

Prior to each quarter, MSOL will send a registration reminder to our student listserv. Be sure to add to your address book! (The email address from your application is automatically added to our student listserv. If you would that address changed, please provide us with an updated address.)

Please visit the Term Calendar to view the “MyUCLA Graduate Pass” enrollment appointment period for each term.

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

For payment methods, please visit the BruinBill Payment Methods page. After registering, please allow up to one business day for your BruinBill to reflect the charge.

How do I view my courses?

To access course content, you will use your UCLA logon credentials to access CCLE.

CCLE (Common Collaboration and Learning Environment) is UCLA’s learning management system where you will view your course syllabus, lectures, and assignments. MSOL courses and lectures are asynchronous.

You can log on to CCLE after setting up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

Note: You must be registered in a course first for current activity to show. It may take several hours for a course to appear after you have registered.

Additional Resources:
Getting started with CCLE
CCLE Mobile App 

What is continuous registration?

Under the Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA (pg 35):

Unless granted a formal leave of absence (LOA), graduate students are expected to register every term, including the term in which their degree or certificate is to be awarded. This means that you may not drop to zero units unless you have an approved LOA on file by week 2 of any given quarter. The only way to drop to zero units is to withdraw from UCLA. 


Failure of students to register as required will constitute presumptive evidence that they have withdrawn without leave from the Graduate Division, and that to be readmitted, they must apply formally in competition with all other applicants for admission.

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What calendar does MSOL follow?

The MSOL program is aligned with the UCLA Term Calendar.

For official exam dates, please visit the MSOL Academic Calendar.

Do I need a BruinCard?

During COVID-19 measures, the BruinCard office will maintain limited operations.

Please note that while MSOL students are entitled to receive a BruinCard, priority is given to students who live on-campus and need access to buildings. 

As of March 2020, the MSOL office is working remotely until further notice and is unable to pick up your BruinCard at this time. After on-campus operations resume, please refer to the below information.

Obtaining a BruinCard is optional.

The UCLA BruinCard is a student identification card that is used to electronically confirm student status and eligibility for services on campus, such as use of the library. As a student in the M.S. Engineering Online Program, you are not required to come on campus. However, if you plan on using campus services, you will need a BruinCard.

You can apply for a BruinCard by visiting the BruinCard webpage and clicking “Apply for Card” on the left menu. You must have a UCLA logon ID and password to access the online application.

Once you have applied, please forward your confirmation [indicating that your photo has been approved] to the MSOL Office at . Thereafter, we will ask you to complete an authorization form and will pick up your BruinCard on your behalf.  BruinCards can only be mailed to your official UCLA mailing address.

I have my own health insurance. Am I required to submit an insurance waiver?

As an online student, you are not required show proof of health insurance OR submit a waiver.

However, students enrolled in the Hybrid Option must submit an insurance waiver OR purchase UC SHIP.

Alternate Insurance Resources: For additional options for dependent coverage, please read our alternate insurance resource guide. These options are not affiliated with the university, but are listed as a courtesy for our students.

Do I have to submit proof of immunization?

Students in the MSOL Program are not required to meet the campus immunization requirement.

Do I have to submit a Statement of Legal Residence?

Students in the MSOL Program are not required to complete a Statement of Legal Residence.

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MSOL exams must be proctored *in person. You may test on-campus at UCLA or face-to-face with a proctor of your choosing. We do not permit virtual proctoring sites such as Examity and ProctorU. For more details, please visit our exam information page.

*COVID-19 measures: Please refer to your instructor/syllabus for specific testing instructions. (In-person proctoring has ceased for the time being.)

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For additional resources and information, please see the MSOL New Student Handbook.