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Program Requirements

For any former University of California student who meets the following requirements:

  • Admitted and successfully completed at least one semester or one quarter during a regular term (Fall, Winter, or Spring) at a University of California campus.
  • Has not been enrolled at any University of California campus for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters immediately prior to the term of admission for this program (not including summer terms).
  • Earned a minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA at 1) the University of California and 2) any other institutions attended, although exceptions can be made by the appeals committee.
  • Completed a minimum of one (1) semester or one (1) quarter unit at the University of California campus upon successful matriculation and completion of at least one semester or one quarter during a regular term. There is no maximum number of units a student must have earned to be eligible for this program.
  • Has not earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university.


Available Options to Complete Your Degree

If you are unsure if you qualify for our Degree Completion Program, a Transfer or an Academic Reentry, compare the requirements for each program or schedule an advising meeting with us to discuss.


Comparison of Admissions Requirements Across Programs

Requirement Degree Completion Program Lower Division UC Transfer Upper Division UC Transfer UC Merced Good Standing Reinstatement UC Merced Poor Standing Reinstatement
Minimum Terms Away from any UC

2 semesters (3 quarters)

None None None 1 AY incl. summer
Minimum Cumulative GPA 2.0 2.0 2.4 2.0, if courses completed 2.0
Minimum Units Earned 1.0 1.0 60.0 None None
Maximum Units Earned None 59.9 80.0 None None
Major Restriction Yes, SSHA* only No No No No


If you have not been away from any UC but are looking to transfer, you can apply via our Transfer Program. Visit our Transfer Program Requirements to learn about your options.

If you wish to be reinstated, visit our Academic Reentry Requirements to see what’s required.

You may also contact our Admissions Advisor at to schedule a meeting to discuss your options and program requirements.


* School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA)