Accelerated Status Program
Exceptionally promising UCI undergraduate Engineering students may, during their junior, senior, or fifth year, apply for streamlined admission into a graduate program within The Henry Samueli School of Engineering.
Program Eligibility Requirements:
- Be in their junior, senior, or 5th year of undergraduate study.
- Must also hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.5+ OR be in the Campuswide Honors Program.
- Must have completed one quarter of 199 Individual Research within Engineering OR one Engineering graduate course numbered 200-289.
How to Petition:
Students are required to submit an Accelerated Status Petition Form, as well as the Faculty Advisor Recommendation Form and Letter (in a signed, sealed envelope) to the Graduate Student Affairs Office (5400 Engineering Hall). Students may join the Accelerated Status Program at any time during junior, senior, or 5th year. It is recommended to join as early as possible to take advantage of the opportunities provided. Students are strongly encouraged to apply no later than January 15th of the year they wish to begin graduate school.
What are the advantages of this status?
The Accelerated Status Program assists students in their preparation for graduate study by offering a head start on possible thesis research or coursework, as well as by allowing students to create an advisor/advisee relationship early.
Students in the Accelerated Admissions Program either begin their research or take graduate coursework while completing their undergraduate work. Moreover, students offered admission under the accelerated status program may, upon matriculation into a UCI graduate program, petition to transfer up to 18 units of graduate-level course work completed in excess of requirements for the bachelor's degree. In addition, Accelerated Status students are eligible for reimbursement of their UCI Engineering graduate application fee.
Students within the program are also exempt from UCI's GRE requirement for graduate school admission. This exception applies only to current UCI undergraduate engineering students applying for admission to one of the terminal M.S. programs in UCI’s The Henry Samueli School of Engineering (students applying directly to the Ph.D. program will still need to complete the GRE requirement). Accelerated Status applicants are otherwise and in all other ways evaluated in the same manner as other applicants to the School's graduate programs.
Lastly, students within the program may apply for undergraduate research fellowship funding on a quarterly basis (including summer). The maximum funding amounts awarded for this fellowship will vary every year (typically $3000 maximum) and requires matching funds from a faculty advisor. This fellowship can be requested for up to 3 quarters during his/her undergraduate career (they do not need to be consecutive quarters). There is a separate Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application for this process.
Important note about applying to graduate school
Accelerated Status students will still need to go through the graduate application process during their last year as an undergraduate student. Completing the Accelerated Status Program Petition only does NOT mean that the student has applied for admission to the University.
Please note that “accelerated” does not mean that you are working on your bachelor’s degree and your graduate degree at the same time. You must wait until after you’ve been accepted and have matriculated to petition for any graduate units earned during your undergraduate studies to apply to your M.S. or Ph.D. degree.
Please note that if you apply and are accepted as an Acceleraated Status student, you are under no obligation to attend graduate school at UCI.