Whether you are interested in going into graduate school right after earning your bachelor’s degree or want to take some time off in between, this timeline will help you get a sense of what you need to be thinking about to be competitive in the application process.
If you are interested in participating in a graduate program right after your undergraduate experience you should begin the application process about a year before you plan to graduate from UCLA. If you would rather take a break between your bachelor degree and a graduate program you can still reference this timeline, just be sure to adjust the various steps accordingly.
For most transfers coming into UCLA, it is smart to start thinking about graduate school early --preferably the first quarter or two after you transfer. This is not to say that you cannot successfully prepare and apply to graduate school anytime! Read on to find out more about efficiently mapping out the graduate school application process and figuring out which process is going to work best for you. Remember that the Transfer Timelines on this website often overlap, browsing both the Transfer Research and Career/Internship Timelines may help enrich the graduate school process depending on what your field of interest is.