UCLA offers more than 125 undergraduate majors in seven academic divisions, each with specific major preparation requirements that MUST be completed by the end of spring prior to transfer. Before you select your major, there are a few things you should know as a transfer applicant.
If you think your undergraduate major will lock you into a future career, think again. Most undergraduate majors are broad and theoretical, providing you with the keys to unlock any number of career paths, including higher education opportunities.
If you’re interested in medicine, law or business school, your undergraduate major makes very little difference. For instance, only 54% of students who enrolled in medical school in 2018 majored in biological sciences.* Law and business schools, as well, give little or no preference to specific undergraduate majors.
So, go ahead and explore those subjects that interest you most. You’ll probably enjoy the coursework and earn higher grades, which will ultimately provide you with a more competitive record for graduate school and employment.
And remember, transfer admission at UCLA is dependent on the successful completion of major-specific preparatory coursework and a competitive GPA. Take a look at the following chart showing some of our more popular majors and their admission rates.
* Reported by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
As a transfer applicant, you should aim to complete most or all of the preparatory coursework for your desired major. Students must complete their major preparation requirements by the end of spring prior to transfer.
Explore the College and the professional schools to see the preparatory classes for your intended major.
In general, the liberal arts degrees you’ll find at UCLA are not geared toward particular careers. With any of our majors, you’ll gain fundamental and marketable skills in critical thinking, writing, problem solving and communication that are valued by employers in every field.
Consider majors that are intellectually rewarding to you, regardless of whether you think they are the “right” majors for your graduate studies or future career goals. You can also supplement your major with one or more minors in other subjects that might interest you.
Don’t ignore outside influences like your family or community, but make sure you have your own reasons for choosing a specific major. And remember, there are multiple pathways to achieving your future goals.
Explore the characteristics and requirements of the various departments and majors you’re considering, keeping in mind your optimal learning style (lectures vs. seminars vs. labs, etc.). If you hope to take electives in various subjects, remember that some majors are more flexible than others.
Some majors at UCLA are far more competitive than others; the demand for these majors significantly exceeds the space available. But there are multiple pathways to achieving your goals.
Explore different options, and if you choose to apply to a less selective major, consider supplementing your academic experience with a minor. Minors can be declared after students enroll at UCLA.
For a complete list of transfer statistics by major with detailed information, please review the Admitted Transfer Student Profile.
2020 Highly Selective Majors* in the UCLA College
||Math/Applied Science; Biophysics
||Computational and Systems Biology; Anthropology B.S.
||Applied Mathematics; Asian Studies
||Linguistics, Comparative Literature
||Math/Economics, African and Middle Eastern Studies
|Human Biology and Society B.S.
||Psychobiology; Anthropology B.A.
|Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
||Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology; Physiological Science
||Cognitive Science; Linguistics and Psychology
||Applied Developmental Psychology
||Gender Studies; African American Studies
* The demand for the major significantly exceeds the space available. This list does not include all highly selective majors. Majors within our specialty schools are considered highly selective and some require supplemental applications and/or auditions/interviews.
Although some majors at UCLA are significantly more competitive than others, there are multiple pathways to achieving your goals. Explore different options, and if you choose to apply to a less selective major, consider supplementing your academic experience with a minor. You can declare a minor after you’re enrolled at UCLA. To see the many options available, explore our minors.
View a list of all majors and minors in the Transfer Admission Guide (PDF) to get an idea of the many directions your studies can take.