University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering



Graduate Admissions


Admissions Criteria

Admission to the Electrical Engineering graduate program is open to domestic and international students with 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. This 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.

Students with a bachelor's degree in related areas 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. Mathematics, including calculus, differential equations, and complex variables; circuits and electronic; signal and systems, communication and signal processing, logic design, digital systems, and microcomputers; 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 Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 in the last two years of upper division undergraduate work is required to be considered for admission. A minimum Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score is also required for students applying to the program. In general, students with a GRE score 310 or above and GPA of 3.2 or above have a higher rate of admission in our program.

Candidates whose first language is not English are required to submit the official TOEFL score. The official score must be submitted by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) to UC Riverside.  Students who received a degree from a college or university where English is the exclusive language of instruction are exempt from the TOEFL.  You must take the TOEFL exam within two years prior to the term you anticipate enrolling in a graduate program at UCR. For example, for Fall 2015 admission, your TOEFL test scores must be no older than September 1, 2013.  The minimum required scores are: 550 for the paper-based exam; 213 for the computer-based exam, and 80 for the internet-based exam (iBT). The International English Language Testing System is also acceptable to show proof of English proficency. An Overall score of 7, with not individual band score less than 6, is needed in this case.

Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including the academic degrees and record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores and relevant experience. The appropriateness of the applicant's goals to the degree program and its relationship to the research interests of the faculty is also considered.

Because professions need a diverse membership and because the educational experience is enhanced by a diverse student body, UCR views as a high priority the enrollment of men and women from different backgrounds and from different demographic and ethnic groups.

Disclaimer: The department makes every effort to ensure that content presented on our web site is the most current and accurate information available; should a conflict exist between the information presented here and the other web sites referenced herein, the information provided on the referenced web sites shall take precedence.

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 five areas of specializations, Computer Engineering (CE), Control and Robotics (CR), Intelligent Systems (IS), Nano Materials, Devices and Circuits (NMDC) and Communications and Signal Processing (CSP).

Computer Engineering

  • CAD
  • VLSI
  • embedded systems
  • high-speed networks
  • mixed signal circuits
  • digital and analog circuits

Control and Robotics

  • robust, nonlinear, adaptive, and intelligent control
  • swan intelligence
  • autonomous vehicles
  • robotics systems

Intelligent Systems

  • image recognition
  • machine learning
  • biometrics
  • computer vision
  • computational/intelligent sensors
  • GIS/spatial databases
  • intelligent transportation systems
  • information theory

Nano Materials, Devices and Circuits

  • nanoelectronics
  • molecular electronics
  • spintronics
  • nanomagnetics
  • quantum computing
  • nanophononics
  • bioMEMS
  • optoelectronics

Communications and Signal Processing

  • wireless
  • source-channel and spatial-time coding
  • array signal processing
  • detection and estimation
  • spread spectrum and multi-user communications
  • photonics and fiber optics
  • information theory
  • RF circuits

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: 

  • June 1st - Preliminary Exam
  • September 20th - Makeup Preliminary Exam

The Preliminary/Comprehensive exam is a five question exam taken by all students.

Ph.D. students must pass all five questions at the Ph.D. level in order to successfully pass the exam. Ph.D. students who do not pass at the Ph.D. on their first attempt may take the exam a second time.

M.S. students must pass all five questions at the M.s. level to successfully pass the all exams on the first attempt have the option of retaking the exam or changing to the thesis option.


Timetable for Degree Completion

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

What is the minimum GPA required?

The minimum GPA requirement is 3.2 on the 4-point scale.

What is the minimum GRE required?

The GRE must be taken within five years of the quater you intend to enroll, and the required scores are listed below.

  • The minimum GRE score is 31 for applicants who took the GRE after July 31, 2011
  • The minimum GRE score is 1100 for applicants who took the GRE prior to July 31, 2011.

What is the minimum TOEFL required?

550 on the paper-based test
213 on the computer-based test
80 on the Internet-based test

What are the department codes for the GRE and TOEFL

TOEFL Codes
University: 4839
Department: 66 (Electrical Engineering)

GRE Codes
University: R4839 (U.C. Riverside)
Department: 1203 (Electrical Engineering)

Is the IETLS accepted?

Beginning with the Fall 2011 application cycle, UCR will accept scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IETLS) which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australisa and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. 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) and have it sent to Graduate Admissions.

What are the deadline dates for applications?

 

  International Domestic
Fall Fellowship January 5th January 5th
Fall March 1st May 1st
Winter July 1st September 1st
Spring October 1st December 1st

Can I still apply if I dont't meet all of the application criteria?

The selection of qualified candidates for the Master's and Ph.D. programs is based on applicat's qualifications as a whole. Therefore, an applicant's GPA, GRE score, TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only), statment of personal history, and letters of recommendation are all very seriously considered. Occasionally, applicants are considered for admission if one of the above mentioned areas is slightly below minimum criteria. However, this is very rare and only occurs when an applicant is specifically recommended by a faculty member and special circumstances justify the exception.

Financial Aid

Fellowship

Fellowships are offered to our most qualified students. All PhD students who apply for the fall quarter prior to January 5, 2015 are considered for fellowship funding. This covers the first year of fees and tuition , as well as a stipend of up to $16,000 during the first year of attendance. International Master's students are not funded, while domestic Master's studetns are eligible for stipends. Students wishing to be considred for fellowships must submit their application by January 5th, 2015.

Teaching Assistant

All enrolled ECE graduate studetns may apply for teaching-assistant positions. These are salaried positions, and students employed at 25% or more will recieve partial fee remission and graduate student health insurance. The department will notify students of the available positions for each quarter after initial enrollment has closed.

Graduate Student Researcher

Graduate student researchers are hired specifically by professors. These are salaried positons, and students employed at 25% ormore recieve partial fee remission and graduate student health insurance.

Federal Government Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The UC Riverside NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training Program (IGERT)

NSF IGERT Program at The University of California at Riverside

What is the department mailing address?

Graduate Program
Department of Electrical Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

Phone: (951) 827-2484
Fax: (951) 827-2425

Email: grad-adm@ee.ucr.edu
Website: www.ee.ucr.edu

Fees and Tuition

The current fees and tuition are posted on the UCR Graduate Division website.

How to Apply

All prospective applicants are required to complete the UCR Electronic Graduate Application.

The electronic application was created to make the application process easier and more convenient. Students can now submit their application at any time from any place in the world via the world wide web. Another advantage to the electronic graduate application is you do not need to complete the application in one sitting. You can retrieve an application in-process at any time before submitting. In addition to submitting the application, applicants should submit to the Department of Electrical Engineering  the required supplemental forms, for US Citizen or International applicants.  Be advised, UCR no longer accepts paper applications for students applying to the graduate program.

All supplemental documents must be submitted for the application to be processed and evaluated. In order to meet the deadlines and have the supplemental documents submitted in a timely matter, we suggest you follow the How to Apply: Step-by-step provided below.

Note: All application material submitted becomes property of the University of California, Riverside. These materials cannot be returned, and copies cannot be provided. Make sure to keep copies of all materials submitted for your records.


Take the GRE exam (all applicants) and the TOEFL exam (international applicants only), and have your score sent to the Department of Electrical Engineering from Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Request two copies of all official transcripts (all applicants) and Certificate of Degree (international applicants) from your postsecondary institution to be sent directly to the Department of Electrical Engineering.

Contact at least three individuals to recommend you to our program. The recommenders can upload or submit their letters directly to your online application profile.

Gather all the supplemental documents required by the department including the $80 for domestic application fee or $100 for international application fee (check or money order only), writing statement, financial statement, disclaimer form, and supplemental fellowship form (domestic applicants only).

Thoroughly explore the UCR Graduate Division website.

You are now ready to begin completing the electronic graduate application. Proceede to the next step.

Note: The department will contact you via e-mail; therefore, it is important that you provide to us a reliable e-mail account that you check regularly.



Checklist

Checklist for U.S. Citizen and U.S. Permanent Resident Applicants

 

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 who apply before January 5, 2015 will be paid for by the Bourns College of Engineering.

Official Transcripts/Transcripts Order Labels

Two official copies 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 Engineering department. Use the Order Labels provided on the Graduate Division website.

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 administering institution, 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 oppurtunities 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.

Resumes and CVs cannot be used in lieu of either statement.

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.

* We cannot accept letters of recommendation from personal e-mail addresses.

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

If you are asked to mail additional documents to us through the online application, you can send these documents to:

Graduate Advisor
Department of Electrical Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429
grad-adm@ee.ucr.edu
www.ee.ucr.edu

Checklist for International Applicants

 

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 two copies 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

Two copies 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.

 

Resumes and CVs Can not be used in lieu of either statement.

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.

* We cannot accept letters of recommendation from personal e-mail addresses.

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; 213 for the computer-based exam, and 80 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)

Beginning with the Fall 2011 application cycle, UCR will accept scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System IELTS) which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. 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

If you are asked to mail additional documents to us through the online application, you can send these documents to:

Graduate Advisor
Department of Electrical Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429
USA
grad-adm@ee.ucr.edu
www.ee.ucr.edu

Graduate Application

Here it is, the application. Before you go to it though, please make sure that you have completed all the other steps listed in the on the previous pages in this section. Before filling out the online application, please ensure that you have completed all other steps. If you have any questions that weren't answered feel free to contact us before filling out the application.

Contact

Graduate Program
Department of Electrical Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

Phone: (951) 827-2484
Fax: (951) 827-2425

Email: grad-adm@ee.ucr.edu

New Student Information

We would like to congratulate you on your admission to UCR this coming fall. We understand that you may be a bit nervous and have a few questions. Listed below is information that will hopefully answer some of your questions.

Perm Pin and Student ID

Once you have provided the Office of Graduate Admissions with the information that they need, you will be sent a Post Admission Documentation letter. Both your Perm Pin and Student ID numbers are located on the top right corner of that letter.

Registration

There is no need to worry about your course registration. Registration for newly admitted students is open August 18-22, 2014, and all eligible students will be enrolled by the department. Eligible students are students who have no holds (registration, financial, passport, etc.). In addition, international students must clear the International Student Resource Center and present their passports to the Office of Graduate Admissions before registration is allowed.

Housing

For information regarding housing, please contact Housing Services at (951) 827-6350, housinginfo@ucr.edu, or visit their website at http://www.housing.ucr.edu.

UCR R’Mail

You can set up your UCR R’Mail account by going to http://cnc.ucr.edu/iguide and clicking on “R’Mail” for instructions. If you are a current UCR undergraduate student who has been admitted to the graduate program, you keep the same R’Mail account that you currently have.

Statement of Legal Residence

All new students, domestic and international, are required to complete the statement of legal residence by going to http://statementoflegalresidence.ucr.edu/. Domestic students who do not complete this online form will be charged non-resident tuition.

More Information 

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) 827-2484
Fax: (951) 827-2425
E-mail: E-mail/Questions

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