Application Instructions

Starting Your Application

Creating Your Account
Selecting Your Program

To begin your graduate program application click on “Create an Account.” If you have previously started a graduate application with University of San Diego, you can enter your username and password to sign in to your existing account. This video walks you through the process of creating your account. Video length: 1 min, 22 sec.

Now it’s time to select the program that you intend to apply for. Available degree programs are categorized by the school or academic unit that offers the program. Don’t worry – if you don’t know the school, you can use the search bar toward the top of the page. Be sure to select the program with the correct start term and start year when choosing your application. Spring terms start in January, Summer terms start in May, and Fall terms start in September.  Video length: 1 min, 7 secs.

Filling In Your Background Information

Personal Information
Academic History

 To get your application ready for submission, you’ll need to complete each of the four quadrants: “Personal Information”, “Academic History”, “Supporting Information”, and “Program Materials”. You can work on these sections in any order you wish.

A good place to start is by clicking “Personal Information”.   Take a look inside the Personal Information section in this video. Video length: 1 min, 19 secs.

To complete the “Colleges Attended” section, locate and add the institutions you have attended via the drop down menu.  Provide the requested information in all areas that are marked with a red asterisk (*). Be sure to add all colleges and universities that your have attended in the past, even if the courses you took there did not lead to a degree. 

Just take your best guess at your GPAs – we’ll get this information from your official transcripts when they arrive. Check out the process in this brief video. Video length: 1 min.

The “Supporting Information” section is where you will upload your CV/Resume and other documents that may be required for your program application. Before uploading anything, review all of your documents and remove any sensitive information they may contain, such as your social security number. The top of the page includes helpful tips for uploading documents, including which file types are accepted and a reminder to remove any password protection you might have on your documents.  Each file you upload will need to be less than 15 megabytes in size. Video length: 43 secs.


Your Written Essay & Letters of Recommendation

Program Materials

Click on the “Program Materials” section, and then click the blue section that includes the name of the program to which you are applying. 

  • Click on the “Documents” tab  to find the instructions for completing the personal statement or essay requirement. 
  • Click on the “Recommendations” tab to create a Recommendation Request. Most programs require 2 recommendations, however some only require one. Your program’s requirement will be listed at the top of the page.
  • If your degree offers different learning tracks or specializations, you’ll see a Questions tab. Click on that tab to select your desired specialization from the drop-down menu. 

Video length: 2 min 9 secs.

Ordering Transcripts & Troubleshooting

Other Important Information

 The online portion of your application will be complete once all of the application quadrants are green with a white check mark. But don’t forget to order your official transcripts!  Have them sent directly to University of San Diego’s Office of Graduate Admissions.

This video will review the instructions for ordering your own transcripts, where to send them, and how to have USD request them on your behalf.

If you received your bachelor’s degree outside the U.S., this video also reviews additional instructions for you.

Finally, if you encounter troubles with your online application, you’ll find some troubeshooting tips toward the end of the video. Video length: 2 min, 10 sec.


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