Those interested in applying to a graduate program at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus must complete the form titled Application for Admission to Graduate Studies at the Río Piedras Campus ELECTRONICALLY ( The School of Law uses a different application ).

Foreign applicants may only apply for admission for the August session and this deadline is December 3 of the previous year. It is highly recommended that international applicants become familiar with the rules and procedures of the U.S.A. Immigration Services . You may also learn about relevant information about the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and about the most important aspects of student life in Puerto Rico by visiting the International Students web pages.

All applicants must pay the admission or readmission fee per application at the time of submitting it or before the admission deadline to be processed.

Admission Types






Regular Admission


This pertains to applicants who are applying for regular admission for the first time to a graduate program; or who after earning a master’s degree want to continue doctoral studies in the same program.




Readmission to graduate studies


Readmission pertains to students who wish to continue their graduate studies in the same academic program after a period of absence of one semester or more. The Admissions Committee of the graduate program evaluates these applications taking into consideration, among other factors, enrollment limits, and the academic merit and potential of the applicant.




Transitory Studies


This applies to applicants who need prerequisite courses to fulfill admission requirement for advanced studies in a graduate program on campus. Prior to Regular Admission in a graduate program, applicants may also take required courses or electives, which upon successful completion may be applied to that program. Transitory Studies status is granted for one semester but could be extended subject to approval by the graduate program.




Study Permit


For applicants who are not interested in admission to a graduate program, but would like to take a graduate course for the purposes of professional development, or for those who come from another institution and would like to complete a graduate course and then return to their primary institution. Study Permits are granted for one semester only.

Methods of Payment

Pay Online - The payment online option is available once the application has been submitted. The system accepts payments through the Internet made by ATH from Banco Popular of Puerto Rico, Visa, or Master Card. It is highly recommended that you use this method, as the payment will be recorded immediately.

Pay in Person – You may also pay in person at the Bursar’s Office, located on the second floor of the Plaza Universitaria Building. For this method, select check as the payment method. In the Bursar’s Office you may pay for your application with cash, ATH, Visa or Master Card. Your payment must be accompanied by the payment voucher that the system provides. To register your application you need to turn in the payment receipt to the Office of Dean of Graduate Studies and Research located at the second floor of Janer Building.

Payment by mail – This should be done with a cashier’s check or a money order made out to UPR, RP. The cashier’s check or money order must be accompanied by the payment voucher that the system will provide once you have selected this option. Use the following address to send your payment:

University of Puerto Rico
Río Piedras Campus
Oficina de Recaudaciones
P.O. Box 23315
San Juan, PR 00931-3315

The application fee is non-refundable.

If you have any questions or problems with the application payment, you may contact the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at: .



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Aprobado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-12-1230.