University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering



Graduate Program


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Graduate Program Profile

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Electrical Engineering, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Electrical Engineering, and the Combined (B.S. and M.S.) degrees which can be completed in 5 years.

The department offers three areas of specialization, Computer Engineering (CE), Nano Materials, Devices and Circuits (NMDC) and Signals, Systems, and Machine Intelligence (SSM).

Computer Engineering


  • CAD
  • Digital, analog and mixed signal circuits
  • Embedded systems
  • High-speed networks
  • Low-power electronics
  • VLSI

Nano Materials, Devices and Circuits

  • BioMEMS
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Nanomagnetics
  • Nanophononics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Quantum computing
  • Spintronics

Signals, Systems and Machine Intelligence

  • Biometrics
  • Communications, coding and Information theory
  • Control and robotics
  • Image recognition, machine learning and computer vision
  • Intelligent and autonomous vehicles and transportation systems
  • Power and energy systems
  • Spatial and temporal signal estimation and processing

Preliminary Exam Schedule

The purpose of the Ph.D. preliminary examination is to screen candidates for continuation in the doctoral program.  The exam is administered by the Graduate Committee, and is combined with the M.S. Comprehensive Exam.  A Ph.D. candidate is required to pass the exam at the Ph.D. level. To do this, a student must typically get a higher score than what is necessary to pass at the M.S. level.  

The following dates are for the Electrical Engineering PhD Preliminary Exams: 

  • September 15, 2016 - MS Comp and Ph.D. Preliminary Exam
  • December 15, 2016 - MS Comp and Ph.D. Preliminary Exam

A student may take the exam twice. A student who failed in the first attempt has two options. The student may switch to Plan I, or the student must take the examination again at the time of the next immediate examination.  A student who has failed the examination twice is automatically removed from the program.  A student who registered for the exam but did not show up is considered to have failed. The MS Comprehensive Exam (Plan II) is administered by the Graduate Committee and is combined with the Ph.D. Preliminary examination. It is recommended that the students take the exam prior to the end of the third or the fourth quarter of their studies.


Timetable for Degree Completion

Specific requirements are outlined here to help keep you on track to complete graduate degrees.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

Tel: (951) 827-2986
Fax: (951) 827-2425
E-mail: E-mail/Questions

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