How to Apply

Graduate Admission Application Instructions

The instructions for applying to the Masters degree program are below. Please be sure to read carefully and complete all of the components.

Instructions for applying to the MA degree program

If you have any additional questions, please thoroughly read through our FAQ Page at prior to calling the department office.

Undergraduate Admission Application Instructions

To become a CDS Major, follow the instructions based on your class level below:

Frosh/Soph (students under 60 units) make an appointment with Saul Ruiz in the LCOE Student Success Center at  Then complete the Lower Division Change of Major form.  

Incoming Juniors (students at or above 60 units) will need to meet with Professor Marcella McCollum, CDS Undergraduate Advisor. Be prepared to provide official or unofficial transcript(s) from all your prior colleges and universities and a Change of Major form. Click this link to schedule a meeting with Professor McCollum: