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Graduate Programmes

UCD welcomes applications from American students to our graduate programmes. Find out about our courses, entry criteria to UCD programmes, how to apply, tuition fees, scholarships and who to contact for further information.

UCD offers unparalleled choice in Graduate studies

University College Dublin has a thriving graduate community of some 6,800 students who work and learn on two world-class campuses, and in numerous associated research and teaching institutions. Through our seven Colleges, UCD offers Ireland’s most diverse range of graduate opportunities. Programmes are led by academic experts and offer students unparalleled choice at all levels. UCD offers doctoral programmes, taught and research masters, graduate diploma and certificate programmes and higher diplomas in more than 290 areas of study. Our taught programmes are modularised to facilitate access, continuing professional development and life-long learning.

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Graduate Entry Requirements

Holders of bachelors and masters degrees with good grades from competitive and well ranked universities and colleges can be considered for entry to graduate degrees at UCD.

Taught Masters – Academic Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry to a taught Master’s Degree programme is a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (approx. 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale). However, prospective applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. Communications regarding the programme itself should also be directed to the School.

For applicants who do not have the required minimal entry standard, a year-long qualifying course may be available. In this case relevant work experience may be a requirement.

Please refer to the relevant UCD School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

Research Masters - Academic Entry Requirements

The normal requirement for entry to a Research Master’s Degree programme is a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (approx. 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale). However, prospective applicants should check the individual requirements listed on the School website, since some degrees may require a higher standard for entry. A research proposal must be submitted. In addition course work and examinations may also be specified by the College at entry; normally these have to be satisfactorily completed in the first year of a Master’s degree programme.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

PhD Programmes - Academic Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enter one of UCD’s PhD programmes, a candidate must have reached a high honours standard at bachelor’s level. In some cases, a master’s degree may also be required. In certain cases, a candidate may be able to provide other evidence to the School in order to satisfy the entry requirements of the programme.

It is recommended that applicants interested in research at Masters and PhD level should, in the first place, read the information available on the UCD website.

Secondly, applicants should review the website of the relevant School and College to ensure they are fully informed about the research objectives of the academic course concerned. Prior to submitting an application it is essential that candidates make contact with potential supervisors.

Please refer to the relevant School or programme for more specific information on entry requirements for your chosen programme.

How to Apply

You can apply directly using the online application system.

Please note that applications are accepted from November of the previous year of study and candidates will usually be notified of the status of their application within 4 weeks of application. Please check with the School concerned to verify application times.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are based on the course of studies chosen. Full information on fees for specific programmes can be found on the UCD Fees page.

Immigration Requirements

US citizens do not require a visa to enter Ireland. However, US citizens must register with immigration authorities on arrival in Dublin, after completing their UCD registration. Full details will be provided at Orientation. Up-to-date information is available on the INIS website.

Graduate Entry Medicine - Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardised, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, writing skills, and knowledge of science concepts & principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Scores are reported in physical sciences, verbal reasoning, writing sample, and biological sciences. UCD requires MCAT scores for all Non-EU applicants to the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) 4 year programme. 

Requirements: A bachelor’s degree and the MCAT are required. The MCAT can be written as late as April of the year of entry and a bachelor’s degree must be awarded before the September entry. 

Atlantic Bridge will provide specific guidance on your eligibility based on the information you submit on your Application Request Form.

Scholarships and Funding

Financial Aid FAFSA Code: 010188 or G10188

American citizens and permanent residents attending UCD are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid from the US Department of Education. UCD participates in the Direct Loan and PLUS loan programs, and most students are able to finance their entire education costs (including tuition, fees, room and board, transportation and books) through a combination of these programs. Private educational loans are also available. For further information on financial aid, please see the UCD International US Loans webpage.

For information on scholarships please see our Scholarships and Funding page.

Accepted Student Information

Congratulations, you have accepted your offer to Ireland’s largest and most global university! Please use the information available on the Accepted Students page here.

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North America Global Center Representatives

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Eastern Region

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Maggie Cardosi
Northeast Region
margaret.cardosi@ucd.ie
+1-646-960-9025 (Eastern Time)

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Shannon Farrelly
Mid-Atlantic Region
shannon.farrelly@ucd.ie
+1-646-960-9025 (Eastern Time)


 

Lindsey Siferd
Admissions Assistant
lindsey.siferd@ucd.ie
+1-646-960-9024

 

 

Central Region

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Jim Pierson
jim.pierson@ucd.ie
+1-847-373-6731 (Central Time)

 

Western Region

Sarah Blank
sarah.blank@ucd.ie
+1-650-255-8532 (Pacific Time)

 

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