Computer Science Personal Statement 2015 Form

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APPLICATION/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND DATA

Q1. Does the department provide “pre-application” reviews?
A1. Prospective applicants should review this page, frequently asked questions, and the department’s annual report to determine their admission competitiveness, and academic and research fit with the university.

Q2. What are the application requirements?
A2. An applicant for admission must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must have the necessary academic preparation to complete graduate level courses in computer science, and must be able to score competitively on the GRE test. The university requires at least a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used. We expect at least a 3.50 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in the junior and senior years, and at least 3.50 in any graduate study.
There are no minimum requirements for the GRE; however, the most competitive applicants earn average or above average scores compared to the computer science applicant pool. (Please see scores below).
International students must submit a TOEFL with a score of at least 87 (computer-based) or 560 (paper-based), or an IELTS with a score of at least 7.0.

Conditional admission is not offered. A transitional or pre-master’s program is not available.

Q3. Do you accept applications for admission for study beginning winter or spring quarter?

A3. No. The computer science department accepts applications for fall quarter only. Applications should be submitted only between mid-September and the deadline of December 1.


Q4. How many applications did you receive last year and how many students were admitted?

A4. Following are data for applicants admitted for study beginning Fall 2016.

M.S.Ph.D.
Applicants1957  531
Admittees  205    66
Enrollees  106    33


Average GPA of all applicants/admittees: 3.55/3.75 (A=4.0)

Average GRE percentile scores are as follows:

Internat’l Ph.D. applicants/admittees:  V: 55/66;  Q: 93/96;  AW: 32/42;
Domestic Ph.D. applicants/admittees: V: 85/92;  Q: 83/92;  AW: 65/76;
Internat’l M.S. applicants/admittees: V: 62/72;  Q: 92/96;  AW: 36/52;
Domestic M.S. applicants/admittees: V: 74/83th;  Q: 85/91;  AW: 58/71.

 

CLASS PROFILE
Incoming Fall 2016
M.S.
(N=106)
Ph.D.
(N=33)
International74 (70%)27 (82%)
Domestic32 (30%)6 (18%)
Men70 (66%)26 (79%)
Women36 (34%)7 (21%)
B.S. recipients106 (100%)29 (85%)
M.S. recipientsNA5 (15%)

 

CITIZENSHIP
Incoming Fall 2016
M.S.Ph.D.
Canada1 (1%)    1 (3%)
China, PRC44 (41%)  18 (55%)
Denmark0     1 (3%)
France0     1 (3%)
India26 (25%)     1 (3%)
Iran0     2 (7%)
Korea, Rep. of1 (1%)     2 (7%)
Macao1 (1%)     0
Taiwan0     1(3%)
Thailand1 (1%)     0
United States32 (30%)     6 (18%)

Q5. My academic background is not in computer science. Am I eligible to apply to your graduate program?

A5. The vast majority of applicants have a background in computer science. Other majors represented include electrical engineering, math, statistics, and physics. For undergraduate work, we recommend 2 years of calculus (through differential equations and introduction to discreet structures), 1 year of physics (mechanics; Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields); and a statistics course. The M.S. breadth requirement, which most students have partially completed before they enroll in our program, will give you an idea about recommended computer science courses.

An applicant without a strong computer science background may be a very competitive applicant. Having professional experience and as well as having taken courses that are equivalent to prerequisites for upper division undergraduate coursework, and the upper division courses themselves, would be most helpful. Applicants best illustrate their professional experience by succinctly describing their skills and projects in the statement of purpose, and submitting letters of recommendation that relate their achievements and skills to their potential for success in their degree and career objectives.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to take CS courses at U.S. 4-year state universities due to the priority rules favoring admitted, full-time degree seeking students; community colleges typically offer only the prerequisites of the prerequisites; and extension programs offer mainly application courses and not courses equivalent to upper-division courses. However, every course taken and/or work skill achieved leads to a more competitive application. UCLA does not offer a transitional or pre-admission program, and  does not consider applications for a second bachelor’s degree. Courses offered by UCLA Extension that have the exact same course number as the courses offered in UCLA undergraduate and graduate degree programs provide good preparation.

Q6. Will my application be reviewed if any application material is submitted after December 1?

A6. In fairness to applicants and to assure the efficacy of the selection process, we cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed if application material is submitted after the December 1 deadline. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q7. Are “conditional admission” offers made to applicants?

A7. No. All application material must be submitted before admission consideration is given.

Q8. Is a transitional or pre-master’s program offered?

A8. No. Due to the overwhelming number of qualified applicants, a transitional or pre-master’s program is not offered.

Q9. May I apply to the M.S. program if I already have earned or will soon earn a master’s degree? 

A9. You will not be considered for admission into the M.S. program if you already have a master’s degree in computer science or similar discipline such as information sciences or data systems. As with many computer science departments, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats. You are welcome to apply to the Ph.D. program.


APPLICATION/ADMISSION/DOCUMENT STATUS

Q1. Have you received my transcripts (or GRE, TOEFL)?

A1. Unfortunately, we are unable to verify receipt of your transcripts, GRE, or TOEFL. Unlike in previous years, the Graduate Division online document tracking site is not available this year. You will be contacted if any document or application material is missing or needed. Please do not email or call to inquire about receipt of documents as it will delay our efforts to process application material. Our office is able to match test reports and transcripts for nearly all applicants. An applicant is denied admission consideration due to an incomplete file only if he or she does not respond to our request to submit missing material.  PhD decisions will be emailed to all applicants in early February. MS decisions will be emailed out in early March.

Q2. Will my application be reviewed if any application material is submitted after December 1?

A2. In fairness to applicants and to assure the efficacy of the selection process, we cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed if application material is submitted after the December 1 deadline. Please make every effort to submit material by the deadline. Unofficial test scores may be emailed to the computer science department. As with many computer science departments, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q3. When will I be informed of my admission status?

A3. If you are a Ph.D. applicant, you will receive an email notification concerning your admission status by late February. If offered admission, you must accept or decline our offer no later than April 15. M.S. applicants will be notified by late March and must also respond by April 15.

Q4. If I am admitted, may I defer my admission to a future term?

A4. No. The department does not offer admission deferrals. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q5. If I am not admitted, may I re-apply the following year?

A5. Yes. Re-applicants often have strengthened their candidacy. You would need to submit a new online application and new supplemental material. Your test scores will be available as long as they have not become outdated.


CALENDAR/TIMELINE

Q1. When is the deadline to submit application material?
A1. The deadline to submit application material is December 1. In fairness to applicants and to assure the efficacy of the selection process, we cannot guarantee that your file will be reviewed if application material is submitted after the December 1 deadline. Please make every effort to submit material by the deadline. Unofficial test scores may be emailed to the computer science department. The number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q2. When will my application be reviewed?
A2. The faculty begin reviewing Ph.D. applications in December and M.S. applications in January.

Q3. When will I be informed of my admission status?
A3. If you are a Ph.D. applicant, you will receive an email notification concerning your admission status by late February. If offered admission, you must accept or decline our offer no later than April 15. M.S. applicants will be notified by late March and must also respond by April 15.

Q4. When is the university closed for the holidays?
A4. Please visit the university’s academic and administrative calendar.


CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT (CFS): INTERNATIONAL M.S. APPLICANTS ONLY

Q1. When is the deadline to submit the CFS?

A1. PhD applicants need not submit a CFS, as funding is offered to all PhD applicants offered admission. Unfortunately, M.S. applicants are not eligible for departmental financial support. To qualify for a visa to
study in the U.S., international M.S. applicants must demonstrate personal or agency financial support of at least $50,000 for the first year. Prospective M.S. applicants should apply for admission ONLY if they can
provide such documentation, which will be requested if admission is offered, in early March. Information on the cost of attendance is available on the UCLA Graduate Division Cost of Attendance webpage. Specific charges for tuition and fees and non-resident supplemental tuition are listed on the Registrar’s fee page.

Information about university-wide fellowships and grants, and external fellowships may be found at the UCLA Graduate Division funding webpage.

Q2. How much funding must I provide to qualify for a visa to study in the United States?

A2. The total amount of money needed for living and educational expenses for the 2015-2016 academic year for most programs at UCLA, including computer science, is about US $51,000. This includes 1) US about $32,000 for tuition and fees for three quarters, and 2) US about $19,000 for basic living costs (food, rent, laundry, local transportation, books and supplies, etc.). It is estimated that the cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be at least $52,000. PhD international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. (In a few instances, PhD applicants are admitted who have their own agency funding (e.g. Fulbright Fellowship, government/industry support) that meets the anticipated cost of attendance.)


COST OF ATTENDANCE

Q1. What is the cost of attendance at UCLA?

A1. A sample budget for most programs, including computer science, is available on the Graduate Division fees and living expenses webpage. Specific charges for tuition and fees and non-resident supplemental tuition are listed on the Registrar’s fee page.


DEGREE OBJECTIVE AND REQUIREMENTS

Q1. May I apply to both M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs?

A1. You may apply to either the Ph.D. program or the M.S. program but not both. Admission to the Ph.D. program is more selective than for the M.S. program. In general, the admissions committee does not consider Ph.D. applicants for admission into the M.S. program and vice versa. While a Ph.D. degree prepares students not only for careers in research and academia, Ph.D. applicants typically demonstrate significant achievement in and/or potential for advancing knowledge through independent research and teaching.
While a M.S. degree prepares students not only for careers in industry, M.S. applicants typically demonstrate interest in developing and applying technical skills and translational knowledge. M.S. applicants should be aware that the selection process is rigorous for M.S. students who later apply for admission into the Ph.D. program.

Q2. May I apply to the M.S. program if I already have earned or will soon earn a master’s degree?

A2. You will not be considered for admission into the M.S. program if you already have a master’s degree in computer science or similar discipline such as information sciences or data systems. As with many computer science departments, the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of available seats.

Q3. Am I required to have a master’s degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?

A3. No. In the Ph.D. classes beginning study Fall Quarter 2013 and Fall Quarter 2014, 48% and 32%, respectively, had earned only a bachelor’s degree.

Q4. If I am a Ph.D. applicant, may I earn an M.S. degree while completing my Ph.D. at UCLA?

A4. Yes, but only if you have not previously earned an M.S. degree in computer science or related field. You may petition for an M.S. degree as you fulfill the M.S. degree requirements. The Ph.D. Written Qualifying Exam (WQE) may be substituted for the M.S. comprehensive exam or thesis. Degree requirements are listed at the computer science departmental website.

Q5. Does computer science offer a distance learning program?

A5. The computer science M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs do not incorporate distance learning courses. However, the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science does offer an online M.S. in Engineering.

Q6. Does computer science offer a part-time program?

A6. No. Students must be registered and enrolled each quarter for a minimum of 12 units. Unless granted a formal leave of absence, students are expected to register every term, including the term in which their degree or certificate is to be awarded. The filing fee may be used in lieu of registration if all formal requirements for the degree, except for filing the thesis or taking the comprehensive examination, are met prior to the first day of instruction of the term.

Q7. What is the time to degree?

A7. The number of terms to complete a degree program varies from student to student. Typically, the M.S. degree is earned in 5 quarters (F, W, Sp, F, W). The average length of time for Ph.D. students to complete their degree is 6 years.


FUNDING

Q1. Do I need to submit an application for departmental funding?

A1. Applicants to the Ph.D. program will automatically be considered for departmental funding; no departmental scholarship application is needed. PhD international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. Awards will be given based on Ph.D. applicants’ academic merit and potential.  Ph.D. applicants are informed of their financial support in their admission offers.
Unfortunately, M.S. applicants are not eligible for departmental financial support. To qualify for a visa to study in the U.S., international M.S. applicants must demonstrate personal or agency financial support of at least $51,000 for the first year. Prospective M.S. applicants should apply for admission ONLY if they can provide such documentation, which will be requested if admission is offered, in early March. Information on the cost of attendance is available on the UCLA Graduate Division Cost of Attendance webpage.

Information about university-wide fellowships and grants, and external fellowships may be found at the UCLA Graduate Division funding webpage.

Q2. How do I apply for a teaching assistantship (TA) position?

A2. The department accepts applications from current students in April for TA positions to be assigned the following academic school year. Ph.D. students fill nearly all TA positions. Assignments are contingent on your eligibility which includes passing CS495: Teaching Assistant Training Seminar, and for non-native speakers of English, passing the university’s Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP). A select group of domestic M.S. admittees are invited during the summer before enrollment to apply for CS TA positions. All M.S. admittees may explore TA opportunities in other academic departments (i.e EE, Math, STAT).

Q3. How do I apply for a graduate student researcher (GSR) position?

A3. PhD admittees are offered financial support as either a graduate student researcher (GSR)or departmental fellow. For M.S. admittees, alimited number of CS GSR positions are available, based on research experience and potential. They are typically secured after enrollment. All M.S. admittees may explore GSR opportunities in other academic departments (i.e EE, Math, STAT) and campus departments.


GRE (GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION)

Average GRE scores are posted above in APPLICATION/ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND DATA, Q4.

Q1. What is UCLA’s GRE institution code? What is the GRE department code?

A1. UCLA’s GRE institution code is 4837. The GRE department code is 0402. If you are unable to submit the department code, we will still be able to receive your score report.

Q2. I have completed a master’s degree. Do I need to take the GRE?

A2. Yes, for admission consideration, you must submit an official score report of the GRE general test.

Q3. Is the GRE computer science subject test required?

A3. No. The admissions committee does not review scores of this exam.

Q4. Does either the university or the department require a minimum GRE score?

A4. No. There is no minimum GRE score requirement. However, the most competitive applicants earn average or above average scores compared to the computer science applicant pool.

Q5. I will not receive official GRE scores until after the application deadline. Will I still be considered for admission?

A5. Yes. As long as you complete the exam on or before the December 1 deadline, we will accept the scores. You may email your unofficial verbal and quantitative scores to the computer science department.

If you plan to take or have already taken an additional exam, please make sure that ETS has already sent your first exam report to UCLA before December 1.

Q6. When do GRE results expire?

A6. The test must have been taken within five (5) years of the submission date of the UCLA Graduate Division online application. For example, if you took the exam on October 30, 2011, you would need to complete the UCLA Graduate Division online application no later than October 30, 2016.

Q7. For multiple GREs, which scores do you use?

A7. The department will see all scores from all reports and will post for review the highest score from each of the sections. If you plan to take or have already taken an additional exam, please make sure that ETS has already sent your first exam report to UCLA before December 1.

Q8. Will you receive my GRE report if I did not provide or provided the incorrect department code?

A8. To avoid delays up to several weeks in matching your report to your application, it is important to use the correct institution code, 4837, and the correct department code, 0402. If you did not use the correct codes, we eventually will be able to match your report to your application. We recommend that you upload student reports to the Graduate Division application and email a copy of your student report to the computer science department.

Q9. May I request that ETS send my score report to UCLA before I submit the online application?

A9. Yes. We will be able to match your score report to your online application.


HOUSING

Q1. Is there university housing and, if so, when can I apply?

A1. Space in university housing is limited. If you are interested, please submit an online housing application immediately after admission to the university. The application requires a $30 non-refundable fee. Information is available at the university housing website.

Q2. Are there any special housing arrangements for computer science students?

>A2. The computer science department has been allocated a limited number of spaces to hold for funded, incoming Ph.D. students in Weyburn Terrace/Hilgard Apartments. Estimated monthly payments for the 2014-2015 academic year range from $1,300 to $1,400, including utilities.

Q3. How do students locate housing around UCLA and Los Angeles?

A3. A good place to start is the UCLA Community Housing Office (CHO) which provides an online rental database and maintains additional resources to assist those searching for housing in the Los Angeles area. Please visit the community housing website.


LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Q1. May I submit more than 3 letters of recommendation?

A1. Most applicants submit only 3 letters, which is the department’s preference. The Graduate Division online application does allow the names of 4 recommenders to be submitted, and the department will review all letters received.

Q2. Can I change my recommenders or send them reminders?

A2. Yes. The Graduate Division online application allows you to change recommenders and send reminders as needed through the recommendation provider list.

Q3. Can recommendations be sent directly to the department?

A3. We prefer that letters be submitted through the Graduate Division online application process. However, recommenders may mail, fax or email their letters to the following:

Graduate Student Affairs Office

UCLA Computer Science Department

4403 Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596

Fax: (310) 206-8133

Email: gradadm@cs.ucla.edu

No special enclosure or information is needed to match the letter to the applicant.

Q4. May I ask my work supervisors to submit letters of recommendation? I graduated several years ago and am having difficulty contacting my former professors.

A4. We prefer to receive letters from faculty members who are familiar with your academic history, however, we understand that applicants who have graduated several years ago, and/or applicants who have work experience may have recommenders outside of academia. Regardless of who writes the letter, the content should relate your achievements and skills to your potential for success in your degree and career objectives.

Q5. Will my application be considered if my recommenders submit letters after December 1?

A5. Letters and transcripts are due by December 1. Typically, late letters and late transcripts received through December 15 will be reviewed, but their review cannot be guaranteed.


MAJOR (FIELD OF STUDY)

Q1. Am I required to choose a major or field of study within computer science on the Graduate Division online application?

A1. Ph.D. applicants must select a field of study and preferred faculty advisor when submitting the online application. M.S. applicants are not required to selected either a field of study or preferred faculty advisor, however, most do so. Initial faculty advisors are assigned to new M.S. students during the summer before enrollment. M.S. students may choose a broad selection of courses or any combination of courses from the following fields:

Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science Theory

Computer System Architecture

Computational Systems Biology

Databases (Information and Data Management)

Graphics and Vision

Network Systems

Programming Languages and Systems

Ph.D. students choose their major and minor as part of the Proposal of Fields. For more information, Ph.D. applicants may see the Proposal of Fields form and guidelines on the CS Graduate Program webpage. Information about the fields of study and course descriptions are available in the Henry Samueli School of Englineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) Announcement.

Q2. May applicants apply to more than one academic program (e.g. CS and EE)?
A2. No. Applicants may apply to only one academic program, and within that program, only one degree objective.


MBA/MSCS CONCURRENT DEGREE PROGRAM

Q1. How do I apply to the MBA/MSCS Concurrent Degree Program?

A1. Applicants to the MBA/MSCS program submit two online applications including both GRE and GMAT and different sets of recommendations. Admission to both or either is competitive, and there is no guarantee that new or current students in one program will be admitted into the other program. To begin the application process, applicants submit online applications beginning no later than December 1 to the Anderson School for management and to the Graduate Division for computer science.

Q2. What are advantages of completing the concurrent degree program?

A2. Two world-class programs uniquely prepare students for diverse professional challenges and opportunities. Students take 16 fewer quarter units in the concurrent program and are able to complete the requirements for both programs in 3 years.

Q3. Where can I obtain additional information about the program?

A3. Information is available on the Computer Science website and the Anderson School website.


PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT

Q1. In addition to the statement of purpose, is a personal history statement or writing sample required?

A1. The statement of purpose is considered to be the personal history statement and writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested. You may upload a blank document or your SOP as your personal history statement.

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Q1. Are there format or length requirements?

A1. There are no word count or font requirements. Typically, applicants upload a PDF of 1 to 1 1/2 pages in length.

Q2. In addition to the statement of purpose, is a writing sample required?

A2. The statement of purpose is considered to be the writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested. You may upload a blank document or your SOP as your personal history statement.


TOEFL/IELTS (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)

Q1. What is UCLA’s TOEFL institution code? What is the TOEFL department code?

A1. UCLA’s TOEFL institution code is 4837. The TOEFL department code is 78.

Q2. Can my TOEFL/IELTS requirement be waived? I attended an institution at which all instruction was done in English.

A2. If you hold a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is both the official spoken language and the medium of instruction, or who have completed at least two years of full-time study at such an institution, you are exempted from both the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the ESLPE. Your eligibility for an exemption will be verified by the information you provide in the academic history section of your online applicaiton and the official transcripts that you mail to the CS department.

Q3. Will my application still be considered for admission if I scored below the minimum on one of the sections of the TOEFL?

A3. Yes. The computer science department will allow a score below the minimum on one section of the exam if your total TOEFL score is at least 87.

For the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT), the following are the minimum
scores for each section:

  • Writing:  25
  • Speaking:  24
  • Reading:  21
  • Listening:  17

Q4. For multiple TOEFLs, which scores do you use?
A4. We use only the most recent TOEFL scores.

Q5. I will not receive official TOEFL/IELTS scores until after the application deadline. Will I still be considered for admission?
A5. Yes. As long as you complete the exam on or before the December 1 deadline, we will accept the scores. You may email your student report to the CS department (gradadm@cs.ucla.edu). If you plan to take or have already taken an additional exam, please make sure that ETS has already sent your first exam report to UCLA before December 1.

Q6. When do TOEFL/IELTS results expire?

A6. You must have taken the TOEFL within 2 years of the date the online admission application is submitted. For example, if you took the exam on October 30, 2014, you would need to complete the UCLA Graduate Division online application no later than October 30, 2016.

Q7. Will you receive my TOEFL report if I did not provide or provided the incorrect department code?

A7. To avoid delays up to several weeks in matching your report to your application, it is important to use the correct institution code, 4837, and the correct department code, 78. If you did not use the correct codes, we eventually will be able to match your report to your application. We recommend that you upload student reports to the Graduate Division application and email a copy of your student report to the computer science department.

Q8. May I request that ETS send my score report to UCLA before I submit the online application?

A8. Yes. We will be able to match your score report to your online application.

Q9. Where may I find additional information concerning English requirements?

A9. Information on the IELTS, Test of Oral Proficiency, and ESLPE is available at the Graduate Division website.


TRANSCRIPTS (Not required from UCLA students and alumni.)

Q1. How many transcripts are required and where do I send them?

A1. All applicants are required to submit ONE (1) official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Official transcripts should be mailed to the address below to be received by the December 1 deadline. In-progress transcripts may be submitted. Applicants should mail transcripts as early as possible in the process and not wait until after completing the online application. Our office will match transcripts received early with online applications completed later. A cover sheet is not needed and there are no envelope format or size requirements.

Applicants who are attending or have graduated from a U.S. institution that transmits transcripts electronically, may request to have official transcripts emailed to: gradadm@cs.ucla.edu

UCLA students and alumni

Please note: UCLA students and alumni do not need to submit official copies of UCLA transcripts. We have access to your records.

Graduate Student Affairs Office

UCLA Computer Science Department

4403 Boelter Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1596

Q2. I have requested that transcripts be sent to you, but I am concerned that you will not receive them by the deadline of December 1. If they arrive late, will I still be considered for admission?
A2. Typically, late letters and late transcripts received through December 15 will be reviewed, but it cannot be guaranteed. You may upload unofficial transcripts to the Graduate Division online application. This may expedite the department’s initial review of your application; however, a departmental admission recommendation cannot be made to the Graduate Division without receipt of official transcripts.

Transcripts (International Applicants Only Q3-5)

Q3. How do you evaluate transcripts issued in a language other than English?
A3. International credentials issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English translation. Please submit ONE (1) set of official transcripts in both English and the native language. International applicants should refer to the Graduate Division webpage for information about submission of academic records.

Q4. My university does not assign grades on a 4.0 grade scale. Should I calculate my GPA?
A4. Staff in the computer science graduate student affairs office review and convert, as necessary, the marks or grades of all applicants. The Graduate Division online application asks applicants to submit their grade point average on the scale used by their institutions.

Q5. My official transcripts do not contain all the requested information such as the month and year of award. Do I need to submit a diploma?
A5. A complete academic history must include attested or certified copies of official documents that provide the following: 1) individual subjects or classes with marks or grades; 2) class placement or overall grade; 3) degree certificate that includes degree received and degree conferral date; and 4) institutional marks/grading scale.

Most applicants are in the process of completing a degree. If offered admission, the final transcript indicating the date of the degree conferral may be submitted during the summer. Applicants from India and China who have graduated must submit official copies of their degree certificates along with their final official transcripts.


VISA (INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY)

Q1. How much funding must I provide to qualify for a visa to study in the United States?

A1. The total amount of money needed for living and educational expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year for most programs at UCLA, including computer science, is about US $52,000. This includes 1) US about $31,100 for tuition and fees for three quarters, and 2) US about $19,500 for basic living costs (food, rent, laundry, local transportation, books and supplies, etc.). It is estimated that the cost for the 2017-2018 academic year will be at least $52,500. PhD international students offered admission will be provided funding that meets the anticipated cost of attendance. (In a few instances, PhD applicants are admitted who have their own agency funding (e.g. Fulbright Fellowship, government/industry support) that meets the anticipated cost of attendance.)

Unfortunately, M.S. applicants are not eligible for departmental financial support. To qualify for a visa to study in the U.S., international M.S. applicants must demonstrate personal or agency financial support of at least $52,500 for the first year. Prospective M.S. applicants should apply for admission ONLY if they can provide such documentation, which will be requested if admission is offered, in early March. Information on the cost of attendance is available on the UCLA Graduate Division Cost of Attendance webpage.

Information about university-wide fellowships and grants, and external fellowships may be found at the UCLA Graduate Division funding webpage.

Q2. When may I apply for a visa?

A2. The UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars prepares visa documents (Form I-20 for F-1 student visa) from May to September for admitted applicants who have returned the Statement of Intent to Register, Statement of Legal Residence, and CFS that includes the appropriate financial documentation. Please see information on visa procedures on the Graduate Division website.

WRITING SAMPLE

Q1. Is a writing sample required?

A1. The statement of purpose is considered to be the writing sample. No additional writing sample is requested. You may upload a blank document or your SOP as your personal history statement.

We hope our collection of UCAS Computer Science personal statements provides inspiration for writing your own. Please do not plagiarise them in any way, or UCAS will penalise your application. Our Personal Statement Editing & Review Services are available if you feel you need a little extra help.

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From an early age I’ve always been deeply interested in computing. It was my dad, introducing me to the computer systems at his work place that first sparked this interest. I can always remember the feeling of wanting to know just how computers worked, why they worked and what else they could do...

The study of mathematical sciences has intrigued me for many years. The decision to study A levels in both Maths and Physics stemmed from a high interest level and strong aptitude in both subject areas...

"The world of computers is growing at an un-recordable rate everyday, computers are the most influential tools in our lives, they are our present and future. In my opinion nothing on the planet can measure the exponential growth and excitement in the computing industry, and industry which I want to be a part of, particularly Software Engineering...

When asked why I like Mathematics, I realised that it is all down to my personality. Being a composed, explicit person, I enjoy the challenge of questions with unequivocal answers. My character’s orderly side draws me enthusiastically towards neat solutions, my creativity gives rise to my acceptance of new ideas and my positive mind results in my wish to succeed...

My three major interests and passions are Computer Science, Maths and Music, and I believe that there is a creative fusion between all these disciplines. I engage wholeheartedly in these areas both in my school courses and out of school, and hope that I will be able to continue doing so on my chosen course and in the extra-curricular opportunities at university...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I find it amazing to watch as the digital revolution sculpts society at a rate that has never before been seen; there is so much to still be discovered. Quantum computing is a topic that particularly interests me, stemming from my studies and keen interest in physics...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I first became interested in computing at the age of sixteen when I decided to enrol on a computer course at a local college, where I was taught computer systems and word processing. The course served to deepen my interest in computers and a few months later I decided to use all my savings in order to buy my own...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Computers and their immense diversity have interested me thoroughly. In particular: Artificial Intelligence, Web Languages and building computers. These have stretched my knowledge of computers and I always strive to expand my knowledge of these topics further...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Many factors contribute to why I am interested in designing and developing computer software. While I enjoy the logical challenges within computer science I also relish the creative work, which fits in with my love for Drama and my enjoyment of drawing...

Computer Science/Computer Security Personal Statement

I have made my degree course choices based around my love of computers and all things computing. To help with my decision concerning degree course choices I read through many prospectuses and attended University Open Days, I sat in on some lectures that outlined the course content of each subject...

Logical problem solving has always appealed to me and this explains my interests in mathematics, programming and computing in general. The decision to read computer science was therefore a simple one. My desire for solving challenging problems led to my choices of studying mathematics and physics at AS-level...

Physics/Computer Science Personal Statement

The ways in which people have been able to progress in understanding the world around us by finding new ways to adapt and improve ideas and theories has always fascinated me, which is why I have always enjoyed studying Physics at school...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Mathematics and Science, especially Physics, are courses I am most interested in among my school courses as they mould my logical thinking and problem-solving abilities. In order to fuse both my interest coherently, I choose to study computer, along with the minor of Mathematics, if possible, in my future...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Computers have held a life-long fascination for me. What started as an interest in just using them developed into a growing desire to understand how a collection of simple ideas and components can interact to produce an entity as complex and adaptable as a computer...

I am interested in studying Computer Science because I find it fascinating. When I was a child, I was absolutely attracted by Computer games and later it was programming. I also like studying Maths and Physics, but I chose Computing as my career because of its opening, modernity and lots of challenges...

Computer Science Personal Statement

My passion with computers stated to grow when I learned accounting. I found that computers are powerful tools which can help businesses with analyzing the mass of data and making decisions. I believe that a person with both business knowledge and computer skill will be in large demand in China, especially after it has entered the WTO...

Computer Science Personal Statement

My interest in computers goes right back to when I was eight and I used to write my own little stories on my mum's laptop. Now, not only have I got experience in using a computer, I have learned a substantial amount of HTML, through A Level ICT and self-teaching...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Choosing to read Computing wasn't a hard decision to make. I thoroughly enjoy working with computers and have owned a P.C. for the past 8 years. The enjoyment I've experienced during past lessons and from good examination grades also aided my choice The fact that the I...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Computing and its applications have always fascinated me and for this reason I have found my A-level courses extremely interesting. This also has maintained my long-term interest in computer-related careers I have studied mathematics, physics and computing to A-level and also during the first year at Hills Road Sixth Form College I re-took my GCSE English...

Computer Science Personal Statement

After graduating from university for two months and with the Telecommunication major, I worked in the VietNam Mobile telecommunication System company (VMS). During six months working there, my knowledge was broaden much in GSM network and computer network which was used to collect reports from all VMS's stations...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I am intending to study a computing related subject as I think that the future will be all about computers and they are also becoming ever more necessary in all jobs and everyday life. Throughout school, my interest in computers has always been second to none as I took standard grade and higher and achieved good grades for both...

Computer Science Personal Statement

All my life, I have had a fascination and interest in computing and technology. I have always enjoyed keeping up-to-date with the latest advances in technology and have remained amazed at the speed of computerised developments over the past few years...

Computer Science Personal Statement

My first memory was the desire to open up the computer and see what was inside. That childish fascination has not left me but has deepened over the years; now after 17 years I have not only built and upgraded many computers but have discovered that software interests me equally as much I enjoy researching new developments in the IT industry...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I have chosen to study Computer Science because I am fascinated by how computers work and I spend most of my spare time designing programs and web pages because I enjoy problem solving and logical thinking...

Computer Studies Personal Statement

Throughout my academic life, I have had different ideas about what career I would pursue in the future. In secondary school I wanted to become a pharmacist because of the high earnings. I later decided through careful consideration that I should keep my options open, hence choosing Chemistry, Biology, Computing and Mathematics at AS Level...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I am interested in studying Computer Science because I find it fascinating. When I was a child, I was absolutely attracted by Computer games and later it was programming. I also like studying English and Graphic Arts , but I chose Computing as my career because of its opening, modernity and lots of challenges...

Computer Science Personal Statement

It has never occur to me that one of these days I would have to write a personal statement for a graduate program for Computer Science. When I was young, I have always picture myself as an auto mechanic guy or even worse, working at a fast food restaurant...

Computer Science Personal Statement

For many years, I have been interested in questions of right and wrong, in why conflict arises and how it can be resolved, and in looking at both sides of an argument. I maintain an interest in political processes and thought and am a strong supporter of democracy and the principle of justice...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I have nurtured an eternal interest in computing, as well as that of both communications and media. The digital age we live in has the potential to revolutionise the was we work and communicate, and this has motivated me to become part of it, gaining a directly relevant Degree qualification as a first step I am currently enjoying very successful A-Level courses in Mathematics, English, Art and General Studies, a wide-ranging course which I chose as I believe they represent the broad base of skills essential in the modern world...

Computer Science Personal Statement

At college the various courses that I currently study are A2 Economics, AVCE ICT Double Award, and AS Chemistry. In the previous year I studied AS Geography, however I decided that I did not wish to continue the course into the second year...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Personal Statement I have always had a sustained interest in pursing a career which is computer based. It was because of this interest that I chose to study Information Technology as one of my A levels...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I have developed a keen interest in computers since an early age, and have been fascinated by how they work, as well as the advances in technology. Computing is by no means a mature market and is ever-evolving...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I am interested in studying a course such as Computer Science because I find the subject area very exciting. When I was younger, I was absolutely fascinated by Computers & games and later I came to learn more about hardware and how computers work, this conformed my belief that this is the kind of course for me I enjoy studying psychology and how computers are used in psychometric testing and by the police, design technology because of use of computing in designing, and biology learning how things work together in harmony I hope to choose a career in computing and communication because of its opening, modernity and lots of challenges...

Computer Science Personal Statement

From as early as I can remember, I have always had a fascination with computers and the way in which they work. Computer science is thus, the natural progression for me as I continue to define the person I want to become in later life...

Computer Science Personal Statement

From an early age I have always had a strong interesting computing, starting with my very first Amiga computer to the small network of home PCs I now own and manage. Initially the aspect of computing I was most interested in was design which led me into designing web pages and graphics...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Since the age of six, when I received a Commodore 64 as a Christmas present, computers have fascinated me. As I have grown up, the use of computers has increased beyond most expectations. Today they are involved in almost every aspect of our lives, and it seems as if the list of possibilities that they will offer us tomorrow is almost infinite...

I want to study Computer Science because the world of computers and their integration has exploded in recent years. It has been incredible to observe the development of the computer, from something that was originally the size of a small room and now can fit easily into your hand and has become an integral part of modern society finding uses in just about everything...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I am an organised and hard working person and I have a good record of achievement from my school, college and my attendance, punctuality was excellent. I am presently studying a Btec National Diploma IT practitioner systems support and Cisco semester tree network...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I am looking to pursuit a carer in Computing, in particular Software Engineering. Since an early age I became fascinated with computers and the way they are used. My Uncle inspired me to experiment with computers working from Windows 3...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I have a long standing interest in computing and computer related systems and technology. When I was young I used to enjoy taking things apart to see how they work, and my interest in computers particularly was peaked when I attended work experience in year 10 at a computer shop...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Over the past few years, I have developed a great interest in computer science, software development, and the IT industry. However, my motivation for studying computer science took shape from very early on, when elementary school introduced me to computers...

Computer Science & Mathematics Personal Statement

I have always been fascinated by Mathematics and I really enjoy the delightful feeling I get after solving a difficult problem. Everything that is happening from rocket science to simple day to day life problems can be explained in a mathematical way and that is the beauty of this subject...

Computer Science Personal Statement

My interest in computing was mainly the way of logical processing and problem-solving, the fact that if there were a problem there is a solution. I have enormous passion about mathematics and this is because my dad influenced and helped me in being keen in maths like him...

In pursuing computer science I have been fascinated by technologies in general and computers in particular from the beginning. I possess a great thirst for knowledge and learning new disciplines and inspired by the subjects complexity and beauty...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Ever since my early years at school I can remember having a huge interest in computers, how they work, and their affect on society and how everything works. When I was much younger I remember the first computer my dad ever bought, this is when my interest first developed, when my dad would have a problem with his computer I would generally be able to work out the problem and fix it myself, from this point on my interest only grew as I began to understand more and more about computers, my thirst for knowledge went on to new areas, suddenly I found myself leaving school and still I felt somewhat left in the dark in a lot of areas concerning Computers and general IT, from this point on I knew I wanted to carry this on into college and hopefully further into University...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I am pursuing computer science because I have been fascinated by technologies in general and computers in particular from the beginning. I occupy a great hunger for understanding and learning new skills and inspired by the subjects complexity and beauty...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I have always had a natural flair for computers and this has become clearer to me over the past three years in full-time employment. I find that the IT skills that I use everyday as a legal secretary such as touch-typing and using specialist legal and accounts software have always come more naturally and easily to me, without any training, than others in my sector...

My interest in computers and technology started when I was given a computer as a present, at the age of ten. Because there was nobody to teach me how to use it, I had to teach myself, experimenting with different options...

I have acquired a keen interest in computing over a prolonged amount of time. This has been further enhanced since I began studying ICT at GCSE level and onwards to A-Level. In addition this has maintained my long term interest in all computer related areas...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Advances in Computer and Information Technology over the past few decades have brought about revolution in science, medicine, education, business, and entertainment. I wish to be part of the future revolution and that is why I want to study Computer Science...

Computer Science Personal Statement

At first, it was all about the interest to know exactly what really brings the voice in to the radio speakers, then as I came across Science in my junior years at school, I started to understand what really is happening in our days, the world of technology...

Computer Science Personal Statement

As a graduate student at South China University of Technology, I had received a particularly well-rounded education in Science, complemented by studies in the computer science. After four years' undergraduate study and research, I realize that computer science had become part of my life...

Computer Science Personal Statement

My views about computing changed considerably when I heard about Linux. In the late nineties it was a newer operating system and tasks like installing and configuring were considered to be quite challenging in India...

Computer Science Personal Statement

During the past 20 years, computing has changed dramatically which has always been a major interest of mine. The first computer I ever remember using were the old Acorn computers that were used in my primary school...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Building my first computer was an experience I will never forget. Looking over what seemed to be a city of silicone, I marveled at how elegantly the components were arranged on the motherboard. Yet I did not feel fully satisfied, as I knew there was a whole other world of computing, which could only be explored by completing a degree in Computer Science...

There is always an answer to every question; we just have to find a creative way to reach them. During the summer of last year there was a death within my family and many problems arouse, I had to travel back to Afghanistan to resolve these feuds from escalating...

Computing Science Personal Statement

I don't know if it's a co-incidence or just some sort of supreme-being setting me up for life, but I got my first pair of glasses the same year that I first saw a computer. It was at my primary school in 1984, it was a BBC Model B, and they were brown NHS jobbies...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Since my first years of school, my life has gravitated around the questions starting with “Why” and “How”. In the 7th grade I was introduced to physics, which answered some of my questions but also generated more...

Mathematics and Computer Science Personal Statement

I have found Mathematics a fascinating subject since my early years. I enjoy it as it is challenging and logical. I am particularly interested in Decision Mathematics as it is a field that is directly related to real-life applications of Mathematics and can be used to solve problems, such as finding the optimal solution for transporting materials from one place to another while minimizing the cost...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Computer Science - the most exciting insight into humanity's mission to conquer the future. It has been my favourite and most fascinating preoccupation since childhood, though back then I did not even know it...

computer science personal statement

computer science has been somethin ive been very interested in ever since we first used laptops in science with mr callacher. im interested in doin computer science coz im a bit shit at ict so this is probs a better course for me...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I could tell you why am interested in Computer Science until the cows come home, but to give you the fundamentals I would so passionately tell you that this course is one of the few disciplines which truly embodies the days of tomorrow...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Most people browse their PC and see nothing more than the GUI presented to them. I view the coding, networking, algorithms and component microengineering that enable the interconnected world today as a miracle...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Computer science has dramatically changed the way our species has socially and economically developed over the past century. The ability of the computer to quickly and accurately perform calculations combined with our ability to form principled judgements and creative solutions makes computer science integral to the overall development of our species...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Despite an ever-widening scope of choice for the 21st century student, studying the nature of Computer Science means far more to me than an academic subject studied for a set number of hours a week. It is undoubtedly an ever influential and concrete foundation of the society we live in today...

Computer Science Masters Personal Statement

I want to study Computer Science because it pairs together two wonderful things; Mathematics and technology. Although I have enjoyed working with computers since a young age, it wasn’t until I began studying Decision Mathematics that I decided this is the field I want to study at university...

Software Engineering Personal Statement

I enjoy analyzing how everything technological works. Every device from the Pascal's calculator in the early 17th century to modern advances such as complex drones have something in common, they fascinate me...

Computer Science Personal Statement (International Student)

In this world that computer is conquering every aspect of life one by one, being a consumer doesn't satisfy me and I want to take part in this revolution. I’m aware that computer science needs someone who can think logically, communicate perfectly and also have a problem-solver mind...

Computer and Network Technology Personal Statement

The evolution of computers and in particular, the Internetwork, has always intrigued me with fascination and curiosity. As an enthusiast in understanding how computer systems function, it is something I have always had a passion for from an early age...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Computer programming is what I consider my bread and butter hobby, and has been where I’ve put my creative energies into for the larger part of my life, be that in the form of studying mathematics, developing small video games using the Unity engine, or just playing around with maths puzzles using languages such as Python and C#...

Computer Science / Economics Personal Statement

My major passions, which appeal to me, are Computer Science, Economics, Finance and Mathematics, and in my opinion there is a creative combination among these varied disciplines. I have engaged wholeheartedly in these areas both inside and outside of school, and I desire to actively partake in them at university through my chosen courses and extra activities...

Computer Science Personal Statement

Now that I’m in my last year of high school, where i studied mathematics, physics, and engineering science, i’m convinced that computer science is my way. Everything started at home, i was regularly asked to help my family with computers, i started to get really interested in computing and began to fiddle little electronic pieces to understand how it was made...

Computer Science and Music Personal Statement

One word can give a great summary of my life; Kenneth - the name of my melodeon. Over a number of years I've shown dedication to and enthusiasm with an instrument I discovered purely by accident at primary school with no prior interest in folk music...

Computer Science Personal Statement

My fascination with computers naturally arose from my love for computer games. However, my interest in computer science was initially sparked when I read "Gödel, Escher, Bach", by D. Hofstadter. This book enlightened me to the simplicity of mathematics, logic, cognitive science and their applications...

Computer Science Personal Statement

I have a strong desire to study Computer Science because it is unimaginable to witness its advancement, from something that was at first the size of a room to something that nowadays can effortlessly fit in one’s pocket...

Computer Science & AI Personal Statement

I don't want to change the world. I want to change the way we interact with it and programming is a good way to accomplish it. Every day I challenge myself to imagine new possible solutions for real-world problems and create them by writing new lines of code...

Computer Science Bsc

When interacting with any computational device I have a natural curiosity for what goes on behind the screen. Peering at the diagnostics review whilst watching a technician attempt to fix my mother’s work computer intensified this curiosity...

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