Applicants who have previously attended institutions outside the United States may have different document requirements.
For evaluation purposes, unofficial documents can be submitted. Copies of transcripts and diplomas/degree certificates can be uploaded through your SDSU WebPortal account under Upload Admission Documents. If transcripts and diplomas/degree certificates are not issued in English, applicants must submit a certified literal English translation of each document. The translated documents must be from the university or a certified translator and should contain all information shown on the original language documents and in the same format.
If admitted, official documents will be required prior to enrollment and must be sent directly from the institution(s) in a sealed envelope and signed or stamped by the appropriate official at the university. Please do not send your only original academic record(s) and/or diploma(s)/degree certificate(s). All documents received become property of SDSU and will not be returned.
In addition, all applicants (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:
- TOEFL minimum score of 80 iBT/ 550 PBT: Score can be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the SDSU institution code: 4682. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher: Score report must be submitted directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- PTE minimum score of 58 or higher: Score report must be submitted directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- Official transcripts have been received indicating English as the principal language of instruction.
Please note that while Duolingo English Test is acceptable for other programs, it is not for the Engineering Joint Doctoral Program. Only the TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE exams are accepted.
California resident Student:
Basic tuition: $2,082
Mandatory fees: $1,197
Basic tuition: $2,082
Non-resident tuition: $2,376
Mandatory fees: $1,197
San Diego State University
- Aerospace Engineering
- Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
University of California, San Diego
- What is the location?
San Diego is located on the coast of southern California, about two hours south of Los Angeles by car. San Diego is a major metropolitan city with over 1.3 million residents, making it the 2nd largest city in California and the 8th largest in America. It is home to many beautiful beaches, mountains, and a year-round warm Mediterranean-style climate. San Diego also supports a vibrant economy and world-class entertainment, historical, and sporting venues.
SDSU is located about 10 minutes east (by car) from downtown San Diego and is served by the San Diego Trolley and several bus lines. UCSD is located about 15 minutes north by car of downtown San Diego and is served by several bus lines and a local university shuttle.
- How do I enroll in courses?
At SDSU, contact your SDSU adviser for the schedule number to enroll in 6 units of ENGR 897 (Research) each semester. You must be enrolled in exactly 6 units at SDSU. If your adviser instructs you to enroll in a regular course ask for the appropriate number of research units so your total unit count equals 6. If you are in your last semester, you must enroll in 6 units of ENGR 899 (Dissertation) and your adviser can provide the schedule number.
At UCSD, contact your UCSD adviser and they will set up your course plan for the first two years. Normally, JDP students are expected to take at least 2 courses per quarter. After completing your regular course plan, you must enroll in at least 1 unit of research every quarter or units as directed by your adviser or departmental doctoral adviser. If you are having technical difficulties with the enrollment process, consult with the department doctoral coordinator.
- What do I need to do in preparation of graduation in addition to setting up my defense?
Contact your UCSD Departmental Doctoral Coordinator to complete the appropriate forms and inquire about the publishing process.
Contact SDSU College of Graduate Studies Doctoral Coordinator Pat Walls ([email protected]) to complete the appropriate forms and inquire about the publishing process.
Contact SDSU Engineering JDP Program Manager Donovan Geiger to setup participation in the SDSU Engineering commencement ceremony.
- Who is my UCSD Departmental Doctoral Coordinator?
- Department of Bioengineering: Vanessa Hollingsworth; [email protected]
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering: Angelica McAllister; [email protected]
- Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: Jacqueline Tam; [email protected]
Current Grads Academic Advising: [email protected]
Grad Students Financial Support: [email protected]
- Department of Structural Engineering: Kyung Brown; [email protected]
- If my residency changes, do I qualify for in-state tuition and how do I get a determination
Residency for the purpose of tuition information along with contact details for requesting a determination can be found here: https://registrar.sdsu.edu/students/additional_resources_students/residency_information
- Are there any health insurance plans available other than those offered through employment
as TA or RA?
Yes, there is the Graduate Student Health Insurance Program (GSHIP). More information about this program can be found here: https://grad.sdsu.edu/current_grad_students/gship
Prof. Xiaofeng Liu and JDP student Jose Moreto discuss their research: