The ECE department is seeking disciplined and creative graduate students to work with faculty on innovative research in a challenging, yet collaborative environment. Given the various applications of ECE across industries, the ECE graduate program is interdisciplinary in nature and students can expect to engage with other colleges on campus, universities throughout the world and business leaders in industry.
The program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and on average produces one Ph.D. graduate per faculty member per year. The department is heavily engaged with campus and system-wide research centers and has access to a shared class 100 clean room available for fabrication of nanodevices such as graphene transistors. Graduate students travel nationally and internationally to present their research at conferences and they obtain summer internships and permanent jobs with top universities and industries.
Academic decisions are based on a number of factors, including the academic degrees and record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, relevant experience, appropriateness of the applicant’s goals to the degree program and its relationship to the research interests of the faculty.
General UC Riverside graduate admission criteria
Department-specific graduate admission criteria:
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent in any areas of engineering or in the related areas of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Material Sciences and Computer Sciences. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.
- Interested students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in the
subjects closely related to their intended specialization that are normally taught
in an undergraduate engineering program such as:
- Mathematics such as calculus, differential equations and complex variables; Circuits and electronics; Signals and systems; Communication and signal processing, logic design, digital systems and microsystems; Control systems; and at least one major high-level programming language and associated programming techniques area. Specific equivalent courses are described in the UCR General Catalogue.
- A minimum GPA of 3.2 in the last two years of upper division undergraduate work is required to be considered for admission. Candidates with a minimum GRE score of 310 or above and a GPA of 3.2 or above have a higher admission rate in our program.
- Candidates whose first language is not English are required to submit the official TOEFL or IELTS scores. Official TOEFL scores must be sent by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to UC Riverside, and an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS must be requested to be sent to Graduate Admissions.