Deciding on a Major

Transfer Applicants

If you think your undergraduate major will determine your future career, think again! Most undergraduate majors are broad and theoretical, providing you with the keys to unlocking any number of career paths, including higher education opportunities.

If you're interested in professional programs like medicine, law, or business school, your undergraduate major makes very little difference. For instance, only 53% of students who enrolled in medical school in 2014 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 stronger grades, which will ultimately provide you with a more competitive record for graduate school and employment.

Remember that transfer admission at UCLA is dependent on the successful completion of major- specific preparatory coursework and a competitive GPA, and some majors are significantly more selective than others. Take a look at the following charts showing some of our more popular majors and their admission rates.

* reported by Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Here are Some Things to consider before deciding on a major

In general, the liberal arts degrees that you'll find at UCLA are not geared toward particular careers. With any of our majors, you will 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 that there are multiple pathways to achieving your future goals.

Explore the characteristics and requirements of the various departments and majors you are considering, keeping in mind your optimal learning style (lectures vs. seminars vs. labs, etc.). If you are hoping to sample electives in various subjects, remember that some majors are more flexible than others.

List of Highly Selective Majors
* The demand for the major significantly exceeds the space available
† You must be admitted directly into this major; you will not be able to change into this major after admission to UCLA.

 

For a complete list of majors with detailed information, please review the Admitted Transfer Student Profile.