Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements for graduate admission at UCLA?

UCLA requires that an applicant hold the equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor's degree from the University of California, with a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better - or its equivalent if the letter grade system is not used - for the last 60 semester units or last 90 quarter units of undergraduate study and in any post-baccalaureate study.

An international student whose post-secondary education is completed outside of the U.S. is expected to hold a degree with above average scholarship from a university or university-level institution.

Q: Can you provide a list of the equivalent degrees to a U.S. bachelor's degree for India and the 3.0 GPA equivalents?

  • In India, examples of equivalent degrees include:
  • A four-year BTech, BEng, BSC in Engineering, BArch, Bagri, MBBS, BVetMed, BDS
  • A three-year bachelor’s degree from India plus an MA, MSc or MComm from India
  • A bachelors degree from India plus a two-year PGDM (offered at the Indian Institute of Management)
  • A three-year bachelors degree from India plus a Post Grad Diploma from India in the same field of study.

  • Q: What are the English Language requirements needed to apply to the UCLA Graduate Program?

    The TOEFL or IELTS test is required if you are a citizen of a country whose first language is not English. The test must be taken by December 2016 and can be submitted after the application deadline as long as the applicant submits all other parts of the application at or before December 1, 2016.

    The minimum TOEFL score for UCLA is at least 560 for the paper and pencil test or at least 87 for the Internet-based test. Also for the Internet-based test, minimum scores of 25 for writing, 24 for speaking, 21 for reading and 17 for listening are required.

    The IELTS overall band score minimum is 7.0.

    Please note that personal information shown on the test report (name, date of birth, etc.) must exactly match with the UCLA Graduate Admissions Application.

    Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a university located in the United States or another country (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand and the U.K.) where English is BOTH the primary spoken daily language AND the medium of instruction do NOT need to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Applicants who have a degree from an English-speaking institution located in India (and do not have another degree from a university with the requirement in the previous sentence) are required to take the TOEFL.

    Q: Do all international applicants need to prove their English proficiency when applying to UCLA?

    Any international applicant, whose first language is not English, must certify proficiency in English when applying to UCLA, and if admitted, upon arrival. Such applicants must submit scores received on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as part of their application. For the English proficiency tests, the UCLA Code is 4837 and the Department Code is 2409. Only test scores received by December 2016 will be accepted.

    Q: Can I apply for this scholarship if I do not meet the minimum degree or meet the minimum requirements listed in the questions above?

    No. Only applicants who have the required minimum degrees, English-language requirements and test scores, and submit the application by the deadline will be considered for this scholarship.

    Q: Is Fall Quarter the only time applications will be accepted?

    Yes. Potential students are not able to submit applications for any other quarter.

    Q: Can I enroll at UCLA TFT as a part-time student?

    No. UCLA TFT degree granting programs only accept students who are registered on a full-time basis.

    Q: How much is the online application fee?

    For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the online application fee is $105.00 USD. For all other applicants, the fee is $125.00 USD. This scholarship does not cover the amount to pay for the application.

    After completing the online application, you will be asked to make a payment in order for your application to be officially submitted.

    After completing the online application, you will be asked to make a payment in order for your application to be officially submitted.

    Q: Where do I send my transcripts and letters of recommendation?

    One official copy of your transcript(s) must be sent directly to UCLA TFT.

    Graduate Film Admissions
    UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
    103 East Melnitz Hall, Box 951622
    Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622

    Q: What if my email or mailing address has changed?

    You can change your email address by logging onto your graduate application and clicking on the "update profile" link.

    In addition, you should contact UCLA TFT at

    Q: What is the application/admissions timeline for those applying to the MFA Degrees in Film and Television specializing in Directing, Producing and Screenwriting in Fall 2017?

    September 19, 2016 — Application submission opens
    December 2016 – Deadline to take and submit the TOEFL or IELTS test (if needed)
    December 1, 2016 — Application submission deadline
    February to March 2017 — Interviews of select applicants
    March to April 2017 — Fall 2017 applicants informed of admittance
    April 15, 2017 — Deadline for student to inform UCLA TFT of his/her decision

    Q: Will UCLA file all necessary paperwork supporting the F1 visa for admitted students? What’s the process for my guardian to apply for a visa?

    Upon admittance into UCLA, international students will be contacted by the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) regarding their immigration paperwork.

    DCISS will help each student and any family/guardians determine the appropriate visa status. The student must obtain the necessary documentation from his/her government, in addition to providing supplemental financial statements required as part of the application.

    Q: What housing options are available to graduate students?

    UCLA offers two types of off-campus apartment complexes for graduate students: University Apartments North and University Apartments South. Information on housing is available at the UCLA Housing Office, 360 De Neve Drive, (310) 206-7011.

    Graduate students do not have to reside in university apartments. The UCLA Housing Office offers listings of private off-campus housing, including rental vacancies and posted roommate notices.

    Q: What services are available for international students?

    The Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars provides services and programs to UCLA's international community. These services include personal counseling on visa and immigration issues, financial and tax matters, academic adjustment, insurance and release of funds from other countries. The Center also supports international and intercultural programs which assist students and scholars to adjust to the community, including housing assistance, community services, friendship families and English conversation groups. The Center is located at 417 Charles Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1379, (310) 825-1681.

    Q: What expenses does this scholarship cover?

    Winners of this scholarship will have their tuition, fees and living expenses covered for the normative duration of attaining the degree for their specialization. The amount of the award is determined every academic year and is based on the expected amount for tuition, fees, and average annual living expenses that are needed in order to qualify for a student visa for UCLA in that year. The average annual living expenses is for all international students at UCLA and any costs in excess of the amount will not be covered by this scholarship.

    Q: Can the graduate application be submitted before the TOEFL or IELTS test scores are available?

    Yes, as long as the applicant submits the application by the deadline, and submits test scores soon after (tests should be taken no later than December 2016). Please note that personal information shown on the test report (name, date of birth, etc.) must match exactly with that of UCLA's Application for Admission.

    Q: Where can an applicant get information regarding the TOEFL or IELTS examinations?

    Applicants may obtain more information by visiting Educational Testing Service (ETS).

    Applicants may obtain more information on the IELTS by visiting IELTS International.

    Q: How do I submit my TOEFL and/or IELTS test scores?

    UCLA receives TOEFL test scores electronically from ETS, and IELTS scores directly from IELTS.

    In order for your official scores to be matched to your application, be sure that your personal information on the Application for Graduate Admission is exactly the same as the information on your examination(s).

    You should instruct ETS to send a hard-copy of your TOEFL test scores to UCLA TFT.

    You may submit your graduate application before taking the TOEFL and/or IELTS examinations. Enter the planned future date of the examination(s) and leave the score section blank.

    If you have taken the TOEFL or IELTS more than once, and the testing agency transmits your scores to UCLA, all of the scores will appear as part of your application. Only your most recent test scores are considered as part of your application.

    Q: Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

    The UCLA TFT student services office can answer any questions regarding admission into the School. All questions can be sent by email to You should receive a response no later than two business days after receipt of your email.