Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an ABET accredited institution. Applicants must attain an undergraduate record that satisfies the standards established by the UCLA Graduate Division.


Applicants must have at least an undergraduate major in the physical sciences, various engineering disciplines, or a closely related field. Applicants must present an excellent undergraduate record in addition to meeting the University minimum requirements. Applicants are expected to have had at least one semester or quarter of college-level coursework in upper division quantum mechanics, and at least one semester or quarter of college-level coursework in upper division electricity and magnetism. Please note that Advanced Placement (AP) courses do not fulfill this requirement.

Open to All

The program is open to all applicants including early career professionals. Prior work experience in the area of study is not mandatory.

GRE Test Score

Students who wish to apply for admission to our graduate program for the 2022-2023 academic year are not required to take the GRE (General or Subject) or submit a GRE score report as part of their application package. However, students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores and they will be reviewed as part of the holistic application consideration. The applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those that do not include scores.

English Test Scores

Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to submit acceptable scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see Graduate Division’s admissions website for further details: English Requirements.

Three Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, two of which must be academic references. Applicants who have graduated three or more years from their undergraduate studies can submit professional references in lieu of academic references. All other application requirements are specified in the graduate application.

Statement of Purpose

All applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose describing why you are applying for graduate study in Quantum Science and Technology. In particular, describe the relationship between this program of study and your current or expected future employment. Include any additional information that may aid in the evaluation of your preparation for graduate study at UCLA and how you expect this program to advance your career.