Application FAQs

Please begin by reading the Application Handbooks on the "How to Apply" page, accessed from the drop down list to the left. If you have questions while following the procedures listed there, return to this page for clarification.

Am I able to pay the eApp fee before completing my application materials?

Yes. After you fill out all of the eApp required sections including Address Data, Education History, etc., the submission button will appear and you will be able to pay for the application fee. Once you pay, your application is considered "submitted" and you are recognized by UCSB's Graduate Division as an official applicant. However, you will have until the TEP's application deadline to keep uploading to your Documents section, and for your Recommendations (letters of rec.) and GRE/MAT Exam Scores to be sent electronically and received. 

Another advantage to paying is that GGSE staff can see your "submitted" eApp on their end and can better help you with your application questions and provide updates on the status of your Documents, GRE/MAT Exam Scores, and Recommendations. 

While we recommend you pay for your eApp as early as you can, keep in mind that the eApp fee is non-refundable. Should you later decide to withdraw your eApp from TEP admission consideration, or if you don't complete all of your eApp materials by the application deadline, this fee is not refundable under any circumstances. 

Where do I send my application materials?

All application materials, including official transcripts, must be uploaded to the online electronic application. Due to the high volume of applications received near the deadline date, it is to the applicant's advantage to APPLY EARLY rather than close to the deadline.

Can I upload an unofficial transcript to my application?

No. Though the section on the eApp where you upload your official transcript is labeled "Unofficial Transcript", you must scan and upload an official transcript created by each institution where you have attended and taken over 12 units. This applies to all current and past UCSB students - unofficial transcripts produced by GOLD are not considered valid for review.

We recommend you request an official transcript(s) be sent to yourself from the registrar's office(s) of the institution(s) you attended and took over 12 units. After receiving the official transcript(s), break the seal of the envelope, scan all pages of the transcript along with the grading scale, and upload this scan as one document to the "Unofficial Transcript" section of your Education History on the eApp. 

Is there a GPA requirement for admission?

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to be considered for admission, without an exception, from the UCSB Graduate Division. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 can apply, however there are additional steps these applicants must complete. Please read the "GPA Requirement" section of the Application Handbook for the cohort you are applying to (ESC, MST, SST) for details.

Is an interview required as part of the application?

Yes. Once your complete online eApp has been received by the TEP, you will be invited by the office staff via the email listed on your eApp to attend an on-campus group-screening interview to be considered for admission. The interview will provide a chance for applicants to demonstrate their writing and communication skills in an individual and group setting.

If an applicant that has paid & submitted their eApp does not RSVP to an interview invitation via email, does not attend an interview date, or does not request an alternative screening interview, the application will be considered and marked incomplete for the cycle.

Is there a minimum GRE or MAT score required?

No, the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education does not require a minimum GRE or MAT score.

Do you prefer the GRE or MAT?

We do not have a preference as to which test applicants should take. The TEP will accept either test's scores for its applicants. We recommend applicants take the test they believe will give them the best score possible. 

How do I sign up for the GRE or MAT?

To learn more about the GRE and where the test is being offered, please visit the GRE website. To learn more about the MAT and where the test is being offered, please visit the MAT website.

What is the GRE department code for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education?

A department code is not required. Please instruct the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to report your scores to UCSB for graduate purposes; our institution code is 4835.

How long will ETS/Pearson keep my GRE/MAT score?

Current GRE Board policy states that your scores are reportable for 5 years. Your scores are retained for the 5 testing years following the testing year in which you tested. MAT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time of application.

Are there other exams required?

Yes. The state requires applicants to the TEP take and pass a basic skills test (CBEST) and subject matter knowledge tests (CSET subtests) in the subject area you plan to teach in. Please see the Application Handbooks for deadline dates and more details on these state test requirements.  

What do I need to do if I am an International Applicant?

The UCSB Office of International Students & Scholars provides useful Information about the cost of attending UCSB, getting Visas, housing, financing your education in the US, etc. Please also note that International Students are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test when applying to Graduate School at UCSB.

How can I check on my application status or find out if all my application materials were received?

You may log back into your online electronic application using the same username and password to check your materials. If you have paid for your eApp, you can also call/email the TEP office staff and we can help verify the status of your application and materials. Please allow the GGSE Student Affairs Office one week minimum of processing time from the time of the paid application submission. The processing time can be up to two weeks near the deadline, thus it is to the applicant's advantage to APPLY EARLY rather than close to the deadline. 

When will admission decisions be made?

Application decisions will be made by the end of March.

Please note that the TEP applications are sent for admission consideration to faculty only when the applications are complete and after an applicant has attended and completed a Screening Interview. It is to your benefit to complete your application as soon as possible in order to be promptly invited to attend a Screening Interview date.

You will be notified via the email you provided in the eApp when a decision has been made on your application, and your Application Status Page will be updated with a decision letter.

I was admitted, how do I notify the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education that I wish to attend/not attend?

In order to officially inform the GGSE that you wish to attend or not attend, you need to complete the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) online. The SIR can be accessed through your online eApp. Please login to your eApp and look for the SIR. Once completed the GGSE will be able to view your decision to attend or not attend. For more information please consult your decision letter (also available through your Application Status Page on your eApp).

I was admitted to the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education but am unable to attend, can I defer my admission?

No. UCSB Graduate Division does not allow deferments. If you are admitted but are unable to attend your admission quarter, you must reapply for admission. Readmission is not guaranteed.

I want to reapply to the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, what do I need to do?

Send an e-mail to the GGSE Student Affairs Office notifying that you are considering reapplying ( and they will help you through the steps.