Admission to the TranSci Program

Admission is limited to a small number of exceptionally talented, independent, and self-disciplined students. Applications must be received by March 1 for admission in the fall quarter of the same year but funding for applications received after January 15 may be unavailable. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to the application deadline. Applicants whose first language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. For more detailed information and instructions on applying to UCI, please check the UCI Graduate Studies website

Financial Assistance

ITS Irvine has had a rich history of providing financial support for UCI graduate students in transportation through its funded research activities. Several types of financial assistance are available and most of our graduate students are supported by fellowships or by research or teaching assistantships. Graduate students in transportation who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible for University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) fellowships.

Awards typically include a monthly stipend, required student fees, and if applicable, non-resident tuition. Other fellowships are offered, including tuition awards for outstanding applicants who are not California residents. In many cases, fellowship stipends may be supplemented by partial assistantship appointments. All fellowship awards and assistantships appointments are made in accordance with the affirmative action policies of the University of California.

Applicants interested in assistantships or fellowships should so indicate on their application when applying for admission. Graduate applications should be completed by January 15 to receive full consideration for fellowship and assistantship awards. Continuing students interested in financial support should contact the program Director.

UCI subscribes to the agreement of the Council of Graduate Schools of the United States, under which successful applicants for awards of financial support are given until April 15 to accept or decline such awards. An award accepted from one of the member universities may be resigned at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after that date commits the student to not accepting another appointment without first obtaining formal release for that purpose from the awarding institution.