Getting Started with Your Graduate School Application

Start your graduate degree in 2020 – Now accepting applications for Fall enrollment

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. You can apply and start in any semester (spring, summer, or fall) and begin earning your degree by enrolling in the two 7-week courses being offered each fourteen-week semester.

Click on a program below to review specific requirements.

Master of Education

Admission Requirements

All students admitted to the Master of Education online degree program will need to meet the same standards that applicants who enter other University of San Diego MEd programs do. Program admission standards are as follows. Should you have questions or concerns regarding any or all of these requirements, please contact an Enrollment Advisor to further assess your specific situation:

  • Bachelor’s degree* with a GPA of 2.75 or higher from a regionally accredited institution; official transcripts required from every college and university attended.**-see note below
  • A personal phone interview
  • Two years of prior teaching experience: send a resume of your experience
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional supervisors
  • Two 500-word essays
  • International applicants: a minimum score of 90 on the TOEFL exam and a score of 20 on the written exam; and IELTS minimum score of 7.5
  • GRE score is optional
  • No teaching credential required; however, participants will need access to a classroom of students throughout the program to apply their learning and complete the course assignments as well as their action research project

*IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE:
We understand that many universities are unable to fulfill requests for official transcripts at this time. If this is the case for you, please send your enrollment advisor a copy of your unofficial transcripts. We have temporarily suspended the requirement for official transcripts to be submitted prior to an admission decision. Please note that if you are admitted, you will still need to supply official transcripts when business operations resume at your undergraduate university.

Learn more about the Master of Education program

M.S. in Applied Artificial Intelligence

Admission Requirements

The online Master of Science in Applied Artificial Intelligence program is designed to attract candidates who have some real-world or research experience in their profession and some background in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, information technology, statistics, or a related STEM field.

In addition, it is also structured to train individuals from other backgrounds and is well suited for full-time professionals and students who are interested in transitioning into or advancing their careers in applied artificial intelligence.

Potential candidates for the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree in applied artificial intelligence include:

  • Those who possess a bachelor’s degree with strong academic credentials in such majors as Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Health Care, etc.
  • Those who possess a bachelor’s degree with strong academic credentials in non-STEM fields and are interested in advancing their technical knowledge into the realm of applied artificial intelligence.
  • Professionals starting their careers in AI who realize they are more interested in practical applications rather than theoretical research.
  • Professionals in other disciplines who are motivated to learn artificial intelligence and AI applications to advance their careers.

Candidates who possess real-world experience or research experience will be best positioned for acceptance into the program. Please review the admission requirements below as you prepare your application:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, IT, Statistics, or a related STEM field from an accredited institution.
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 2.75 or higher (official transcripts required).
    • Candidates with GPA under 2.75 or with degrees from other fields can apply, but will be asked to provide relevant and convincing explanations of their experience, skills, and motivation in an essay (guidelines provided on Applications page).
    • Candidates with GPA under 2.75 are also recommended to complete a standardized test such as GRE or GMAT.
    • International students will require TOEFL scores of 83 or higher.
  • An essay outlining their overall qualifications for the program (see Applications page).
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Video (optional) to allow faculty to get to know you as a candidate. Please limit video to 2 minutes long.
  • Letters of recommendation:
    • One letter from candidate’s supervisor/manager and one external reference for candidates with more than 5 years industry experience.
    • OR
    • Two letters of recommendation from external references for candidates with experience that spans 5 years or less. Former professors and/or professionals from industry are highly desirable.

The process starts with submitting your online application. You can find additional information and guidance on preparing your application by visiting our Starting Your Application page.

If you have questions regarding the above requirements or any aspect of the application process, please contact an Enrollment Advisor for assistance.

Please contact an enrollment advisor at (888) 832-0239 or use the chat feature on this page if you are interested but do not happen to meet all published admissions requirements. Our application review process always includes a holistic look at your experience and background, and we understand that a low undergraduate GPA or lack of professional experience is not necessarily indicative of your potential success in our program.

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Applications for admission are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within one week of your application being submitted.

*Important COVID-19 notice regarding academic transcripts:

We understand that many universities are unable to fulfill requests for official transcripts at this time. If this is the case for you, please send your enrollment advisor a copy of your unofficial transcripts. We have temporarily suspended the requirement for official transcripts to be submitted prior to an admission decision. Please note that if you are admitted, you will still need to supply official transcripts when business operations resume at your undergraduate university.
Learn more about the M.S. in Applied Artificial Intelligence program

M.S. in Applied Data Science

Admission Requirements

The online Master of Science in Applied Data Science program is ideally suited to those with a background in science, mathematics, engineering or technology, but is also structured to train those from other backgrounds who are motivated to transition into data science.

Potential candidates for the University of San Diego’s online master’s degree in applied data science include:

  • Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in science, mathematics, engineering, information technology or computer science
  • Graduates from other fields who possess technical aptitude in the above fields or others, including STEM, business and more
  • Mid-career data analytics, data science and computer science professionals looking to advance their knowledge and skills

Candidates who possess real-world experience will be best positioned for acceptance into the program. Please review the admission requirements below as you prepare your application:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a professional field (STEM) from a regionally accredited institution (official transcripts required*-see note below)
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • Candidates with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 can apply, but will be asked to provide an essay.
    • Candidates with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.5 will be required to complete a standardized test such as the GRE or GMAT.
    • International students will require TOEFL iBT 83 (or higher) or 7 on the IELTS.
  • An essay outlining their overall qualifications for the program
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation
    • 1 letter from their supervisor/manager and 1 external reference for candidates with more than 2 years industry experience, or
    • 2 letters from external references for candidates with industry experience of 5 years or less.

*IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE:
We understand that many universities are unable to fulfill requests for official transcripts at this time. If this is the case for you, please send your enrollment advisor a copy of your unofficial transcripts. We have temporarily suspended the requirement for official transcripts to be submitted prior to an admission decision. Please note that if you are admitted, you will still need to supply official transcripts when business operations resume at your undergraduate university.

Learn more about the M.S. in Applied Data Science program

M.S. in Cyber Security Engineering

Admission Requirements

The following elements are the standard admissions expectations for the on-campus MS in Cyber Security Engineering program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in engineering or computer science
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the GRE, GMAT, Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or LSAT may be submitted to strengthen an application if the undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0, or upon recommendation of the admissions committee.
  • TOEFL scores of 120 or above (if applicable)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of support from the candidate’s employer or two letters of reference
  • Resume showing information technology experience as demonstrated through academic or career experience

It is recommended that applicants become members of InfraGard before starting the program. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

Learn more about the M.S. in Cyber Security Engineering Program

M.S. in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership

Admission Requirements

The following elements are the standard admissions expectations for the online MS in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • The completion of a standardized test, such as the GRE, GMAT, Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or LSAT may be submitted to strengthen an application if the undergraduate GPA is lower than 2.75, or upon recommendation of the admissions committee.
  • TOEFL scores of 115 or above (if applicable)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letter of support from the candidate’s employer or two letters of reference
  • Resume showing information technology experience as demonstrated through academic or career experience

It is recommended that applicants become members of InfraGard before starting the program. InfraGard is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector. It is an association of persons who represent businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

Learn more about the M.S. in Cyber Security Operations & Leadership Program

M.S. in Health Care Informatics

Admission Requirements

The following elements are the standard admissions expectations for the online MS in Health Care Informatics program.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an approved, regionally accredited university
  • Bachelor’s GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of the University Application
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended
  • Resume/CV
  • Technical aptitude and experience as demonstrated on resume
  • Basic understanding of medical terminology (Non health care professionals must complete the online medical terminology course by the end of the first semester. This course is not part of the degree curriculum.)
  • One year of work experience preferred
  • Statement of purpose (approximately 300 words)
  • Letter of support from a current employer or two letters of reference
  • International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/graduate/international/

Please contact an enrollment advisor if you are interested, but do not meet all published admissions requirements.

Learn more about the M.S. in Health Care Informatics Program

M.S. in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Master of Science in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership degree, you will need to meet the admission requirements listed below. Your enrollment advisor will help you through the application process and identify any additional items you will need to complete the application packet.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional experience in law enforcement, active-duty military, or public safety
  • Bachelor’s GPA minimum of 2.75 or higher.  An extended graduate-level essay may be required of applicants whose undergraduate GPA is under 2.75. (Graduates of FBINA and California Command College are exempted from this GPA requirement.)
  • TOEFL scores of 90 or above (if applicable)
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose (approximately 300 words)
  • Letter of support from a current employer or two letters of reference

Additional supporting materials may be requested by your enrollment advisor.

Learn more about the M.S. in Law Enforcement Leadership Program

Application Process

Applying to a graduate program can be complicated – which is why we are here to help answer your questions and walk you through the application process.

The best place to start is by viewing our series of short video tutorials that will walk you step by step through the application process.

If you have questions regarding the application, contact one of our enrollment advisors who will be able to answer your questions and assess your situation. Our enrollment advisors will also assist you with ordering and tracking your transcripts.*

* Special Note: please anticipate that some colleges and universities can take 2 – 3 weeks to prepare and send official transcripts. Your application packet is not complete until all official transcripts are received.

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**Unfortunately, our transcript service is not available for international transcripts/degree evaluations. Please note that some schools don’t allow transcripts to be ordered by third parties.

Eligibility By State

Due to regulations from the Department of Education, as of February 23, 2013, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.


Application Provisions Due to COVID-19

The following provisions are approved for all Fall 2020 applicants.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted in lieu of official transcripts for purposes of application submission and review.

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial transcripts from those applicants who cannot get an official transcript from their degree-awarding institution.

If accepted to the University, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will be required to submit their official transcript showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package includes only their unofficial transcript will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official transcript and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

*International applicants planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official transcript(s) to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to their first required day on campus.

WES evaluations are temporarily not required for purposes of application submission and review.

Due to current closure of the WES offices, the Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily postpone requiring an official course-by-course WES evaluation from those applicants whose bachelor’s and/or master’s degree(s) are conferred by a foreign institution.

If applicants already happen to have documents showing proof of an earned bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in their possession, they are encouraged to upload copies of these documents to their online application. Examples of helpful documents would be a transcript showing degree(s) conferred, or a diploma.

If accepted to the University, students who would normally be required to include a WES evaluation in their application package must submit their official course-by-course WES evaluation showing appropriate degree(s) conferred in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students whose application package is missing their required course-by-course WES evaluation will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official course-by-course WES evaluation and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

*International applicants planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official WES evaluation to the Office of Graduate Admissions prior to their first required day on campus.

Unofficial copies of English proficiency exam scores (TOEFL, IELTS) may be temporarily submitted for purposes of application submission and review if official scores cannot be sent

The Office of Graduate Admissions will temporarily accept unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores from applicants whose testing center or agency is closed and unable to send official scores at this time. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of testing center or agency closure in order to submit their unofficial score.

If accepted to the University, international students planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa (such as the F or J visa) must submit their official TOEFL or IELTS score to the Office of Graduate Admissions before their visa eligibility document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) will be released.

Students who are not planning to attend on a school-sponsored visa but whose application package still requires an official English proficiency exam score must submit their official TOEFL or IELTS score to the Office of Graduate Admissions in order to register for their second semester. In line with Graduate Admissions policy, students in this case will receive a hold preventing registration for their second semester. This hold will be lifted once the Office of Graduate Admissions has received their official TOEFL or IELTS score and their application package is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their application package is completed prior to second semester registration.

Reminder about Academic Integrity

The University of San Diego assumes that applicants who utilize these provisions will be able to meet the regular admissions requirement(s) within a reasonable time once official services are re-established. Should it be discovered that a student has falsified their credentials during the admissions process, the University reserves the right to take action in accord with its policy on academic integrity. This policy can be found on pg. 32 of the Graduate Catalog.