How to Apply

All prospective applicants are required to complete the UCR Electronic Graduate Application. Be advised, UC Riverside no longer accepts paper applications for students applying to the graduate program. Please note, you may be asked to mail supporting documents, but the application itself is now submitted electronically.

Be sure to carefully review both the Graduate Division requirements and the department checklist as the requirements may vary. Only those applicants who have fully completed their applications will be considered for entry into the graduate program.

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Admission Criteria

General UC Riverside graduate admission criteria

Department-specific graduate admission criteria

A 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 Catalog.
  • 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 an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS must be requested to be sent to Graduate Admissions.

Graduate Application Priority Deadlines

 

Domestic Applicants

International Applicants

Fall quarter (term begins September)
Admission & Fellowship

January 5th

January 5th

Fall quarter

September 1st

June 1st

Winter quarter

November 15th

September 1st

Spring quarter

March 1st

December 1st

Application Checklist

U.S. Citizen/Resident Applicant

Application

Complete the Electronic Graduate Application on the UCR Graduate Division web site.

Application Fee

The $80.00 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be paid for by the Bourns College of Engineering.

Official Transcripts

One official copy of your transcripts may be sent directly from the Registrar's Office of the academic institutions you have attended (beyond secondary school), or you may request official copies and send them yourself in the original sealed envelopes to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Official transcripts must be in the original, sealed (unopened) envelope from the issuing institution. Electronic copies are not accepted.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Each applicant is required to submit the GRE score to the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program at UCR. Current scores of the GRE General Test are preferred and should be received directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to our university. Applicants are not required to take the GRE Subject Test.

In order to maintain the high standards of our program, the department requires a minimum GRE score of 310.

Be sure the GRE institution code for UCR: R4839 and the department code: 1203 are annotated on your application.

Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose must be submitted with your online application.  Please state your specific interests on the Statement of Purpose form with respect to the research area of specialization to which you are interested within our program, special qualifications, awards, career objectives and research goals and experience are of particular interest. Please submit this form during your online application.

Do not mail this document. It will only delay the processing of your application.

Personal History Statement

The personal History Statement is your opportunity to discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree. This must be entered directly in to the application or uploaded.

Do not mail this document. It will only delay the processing of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required in support of all applications for admission. At least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject.

We prefer that letters of recommendation are submitted online by your recommenders and uploaded directly from each recommender to your online application profile.

Supplementary Fellowship Application

All domestic applicants are encouraged to submit the Supplementary Fellowship Information form in order to be considered for all awards for which they might qualify. This optional form is for domestic applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based, diversity fellowships.

Mailing Documents

Mailing Address:
Graduate Advisor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429
ecegradoffice@ece.ucr.edu
www.ece.ucr.edu

 

International Applicant

Application

Complete the Electronic Graduate Application on the UCR Graduate Division web site.

Application Fee

The nonrefundable $100.00 application fee must be paid by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) prior to submission of your application.

Official Transcripts

International applicants must submit one copy of official transcripts in their original language with English translations prepared by the issuing institution. Notarized documents are not acceptable.

Official transcripts can be sent directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the issuing institution or you can mail the transcripts yourself provided they are sealed within the original envelope of the issuing institution.

Certificate of Degree

One copy of the Certificate of Degree must also be submitted. The certificate must be issued in the original language and accompanied by an English translation prepared by the issuing institution. Notarized documents are not acceptable.

Certification of Degree must be sent directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the issuing institution or you can mail the certificates yourself provided they are sealed within the original envelope of the issuing institution.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to state your specific interests with respect to the program to which you are applying. Your intended area of specialization, career objectives and research interests and experience are of particular interest. This must be either entered directly into the application or uploaded.

Do not mail this document. It will only delay the processing of your application.

Statement of Personal History

The Personal History Statement is your opportunity to discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree. This must be either entered directly in to the application or uploaded.

Do not mail this document. It will only delay the processing of your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required in support of all applications for admission. At least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject. Letters of Recommendation are submitted online and uploaded to your online application.

Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an advanced degree at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This exam is administered by the Educational Testing Service and offered in nearly every country abroad. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the written exam; 220 for the computer-based exam, and 90 for the internet-based exam (iBT).

Before performing duties as a Teaching Assistant, any student whose native language is not English must pass an oral English language competency exam upon arrival at UCR. This includes not only international students but also any student whose first language is not English.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

UCR accepts scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable scores are: overall band score of 7 with no individual section score less than 6.

Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the official TRF to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Graduate Division
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA

For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, consult the IELTS website.

Financial Verification Statement

International applicants must complete and return the International Student Confidential Financial Statement online. If any supplemental forms are required to be mailed to us, you can find this through your online application.

U.S. immigration law requires that international applicants, if admitted, must show documented evidence of sufficient funds to cover all fees, transportation, and living expenses for the first year of their studies at UCR and that a sponsor is committed to their financial support beyond this date.

Proof is required before a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS2019) for a visa can be issued.

Mailing Documents

Mailing Address for transcripts:

Graduate Advisor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429
ecegradoffice@ece.ucr.edu
www.ece.ucr.edu

 

Student Services Advisor

Kim Underhill

ecegradoffice@ece.ucr.edu

(951) 827-2484