University of California, Riverside

Department of Electrical 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 of 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 3.0 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 1100 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 2008 admission, your TOEFL test scores must be no older than September 1, 2006.  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).

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.

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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 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
  • June 28th - Makeup 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.

How do I obtain information about fellowship and assistantship?

Fellowship and assistantship are offered to our most qualified students. For fellowship consideration applicants should submit the electronic application and required documents by the January 5th deadline. For more information, click here.

What is the minimum GPA required?

The GPA is only one of the criteria used to consider a candidate for admission. As a very general guideline, we would like to see candidates with a minimum GPA of 3.00. However, applicants with a GPA of 3.25 to 3.5 (maximum of 4 grade scale) in their last two years of undergraduate work have higher chance of being nominated for a fellowship.

What is the minimum GRE required?

Candidates with a GRE of 1100 or above have higher chance to be recommended for admission.

Where should I send my GRE score?

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

Can I still apply if I have a GRE score below the minimum required?

Yes, you can. However, you should retake the test and get the minimum required to increase your changes of being admitted to the program.

What is the minimum TOEFL required?

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

Your GRE score must come from ETS to be considered official.

Where should I send my TOEFL score?

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

Your TOEFL score must come from ETS to be considered official.

Can I still apply if I have a TOEFL score below the minimum required?

Yes, you can. However, you should retake the test and get the minimum score to be considered for admission.

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

 

What is the criteria used to be admitted to your program?

The selection of qualified candidates for the Master and PhD programs are based on students’ qualifications as a whole. Therefore, the applicant’s grade point average (GPA), GRE score, statement of goals, letters of recommendation, any relevant work experience or publications in the field related to electrical engineering and the TOEFL score for international student are considered when a decision is made. Just as a very general guideline, candidates with a minimum GPA of 3.0, GRE of 1100, and minimum TOEFL score of 550 in the paper-based test and 213 in the computer-based test meet the minimum admission requirement. Applicants with a GPA of 3.25 to 3.5 (maximum of 4 grade scale) in their last two years of undergraduate work, a GRE score above 1100, and a minimum TOEFL score of 550 in the paper-based test and 213 in the computer-based test have higher chances of being considered for admission.

How do I contact you?

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

Financial Aid

Fellowship and Assistantship

Fellowships and Assistantships are available to our most qualified applicants. The fellowship may include stipends up to $16,000, fees, tuition, and a Teaching Assistant (TA) and/or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment.

The deadline for students applying for financial support is January 5th. International students seeking financial support must submit the International Student Confidential Financial Statement.

Federal Government Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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 February 15, 2012 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 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. Applicants applying for fellowship awards are expected to have a higher score.

Computer-based testing (CBT) may be obtained by contacting ETS at the address below, and by calling 1-800-GRE-CALL, or by consulting the GRE website. Fellowship applicants should take the exam in time to meet the departmental deadline.

Applications for the GRE can be obtained from:

Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

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

In order to maintain the high standards of our program, the department requires a minimum GRE score of 1100. Applicants applying for fellowship awards are expected to have a higher score.

  • The minimum required GRE score for tests taken on or before July 31, 2011 is 1100.
  • The minimum required GRE score for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011 is 310.

Applicant 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.

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.

Applicants are not permitted to inspect letters of recommendation in their UCR files. If you are admitted to UCR and enroll, you may then have access to your letters of recommendation unless you previously waived the right of access on the form.

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 .

International students must pay the $100.00 application fee before their application will be processed.

The $100.00 application fee is devoted to the administrative cost of processing all applications received, and is not refundable under any circumstances, regardless of the outcome, the date of filing, time of review, or if, for whatever the reason, the application is withdrawn.

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 (with English translations) must be sent directly to the Department of Electrical 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 Engineering from the issuing institution or you can mail the certificates yourself under the provision they are sealed within the original envelope of the issuing institution.

Statement of Purpose/Personal History Statement

Applicants must submit this information directly into their online application.

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.

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.

 

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.

Applicants are not permitted to inspect letters of recommendation in their UCR files. If you are admitted to UCR and enroll, you may then have access to your letters of recommendation unless you previously waived the right of access on the form.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Each applicant is required to submit the GRE score to the Electrical 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. Applicants applying for fellowship awards are expected to have a higher score.

Computer-based testing (CBT) may be obtained by contacting ETS at the address below, and by calling 1-800-GRE-CALL, or by consulting the GRE website. Fellowship applicants should take the exam in time to meet the departmental deadline.

Applications for the GRE can be obtained from:

Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

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

In order to maintain the high standards of our program, the department requires a minimum GRE score of 1100. Applicants applying for fellowship awards are expected to have a higher score.

  • The minimum required GRE score for tests taken on or before July 31, 2011 is 1100.
  • The minimum required GRE score for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011 is 310.

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.

Visa Procedures

Please note, visa regulations and procedures are subject to change with limited or no notice provided by the federal government. The department attempts to provide the most accurate and current information available. We recommend you consult with your local consulate office regarding the latest visa regulations and procedures.

An I-20 form is issued to an admitted applicant who applies, and is qualified, for an F-1 (student) visa. The DS2019 form is issued to admitted applicants who apply, and are qualified for a J-1 visa. J-1 (exchange visitor) status is appropriate for students whose programs of study are substantially funded by the U.S. government, their home government, an international or nonprofit organization, or UCR.

Unless you have been officially notified in writing of an award from the department or the UCR Graduate Division, you should not expect any financial support from UCR. Teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and stipends, as well as tuition fellowships, are not guaranteed for the full academic year or for subsequent years of study, unless stated in writing.

A student on a student visa cannot accept off-campus employment at any time during the first year in the U.S. Spouses of F-1 visa holders (F-2) are not allowed to work under any circumstances.

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

Visa and Immigration Information

The UCR International Services Center provides assistance to UCR students and faculty who entered the Unites States with a visa (F-1, J-1, H-1B, etc.).

Contact information:
International Services Center
Room 1669 Statistics Computer Building
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521 USA
Telephone: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3778

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

Congratulations on becoming a Graduate Electrical Engineering student at the University of California, Riverside. The resources below, as well as those that can be found in the Current Students Section, will be able to assist you in ytur future at UCR.

More Information 

General Campus Information

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

Department Information

Electrical 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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