Frequently Asked Questions

General Application Questions

  • What are the application deadlines?


    Domestic Applicants

    International Applicants

    Fall Quarter

    (Priority Admissions and Fellowship Consideration)

    January 5th*

    January 5th*

    Fall Quarter

    September 1st

    June 1st

    Winter Quarter

    November 15th

    September 1st

    Spring Quarter

    March 1st

    December 1st

    For off-cycle admissions (Winter and Spring), we highly recommend that students apply only if specifically asked to do so by a faculty member. There have been occasions in which students are admitted off-cycle but such cases are rare.

    *Applications received after January 5th will be considered for financial support based on funding availability and if the degree objective selected is eligible for fellowship funding. To be considered, the online application must be submitted by this date. Applicants may submit other required documents (in order to complete their application) after this deadline, but only shortly after January 5th

  • What is the Department mailing address?

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

  • I would like to update my application, what steps should I take?

    If you would like to update documents such as CV’s, Resumes, Transcripts, etc.., please email with your application ID and the PDF version of the document you wish to update.

  • I’ve submitted my application and would like to know my status.

    “Being processed” means your application is under review. Graduate Admissions are done on a rolling basis and are ongoing at this time. You will be notified by email from Graduate Division when a decision is made.In the meantime, please remember, the best and only way for you to check your application status is by logging on to our website at:

Transcripts and Other Academic Records

  • Why hasn't my transcript status been updated?

    If you used a delivery service (e.g. DHL, UPS, FedEX, etc.), please use their confirmation as confirmation that the Department has received your hard copy materials. If your GradSIS application status has not been updated, please allow at least 3-4 weeks for this to be updated. Different components of your application are reviewed and updated separately, which means you will likely see various update times. Also, the University closes for two weeks at the end of December which delays our ability to make status updates. Moreover, we receive a very large number of documents and it can take some time for the system to be updated with your transcript information. We make every effort to process and update the system with the transcripts we receive as quickly as we can.

    Please continue to check your application status here

  • Am I unable to send unofficial documents?

    Unofficial copies can be provided for the application review process and, if admitted, official copies will be requested by Graduate Admissions after you accept your offer. NOTE: The department highly recommends submitting OFFICIAL transcripts when possible to avoid any potential delays in the processing of visas as explained here:

Test Scores

  • What is the minimum TOEFL score required?

    The TOEFL must be taken within 2 years of the quarter you intend to enroll and the required scores are listed below:

    • 90 on the Internet-based test
    • 220 on the computer-based test
    • 550 on the paper-based test
  • What are the Department codes for the GRE and TOEFL?

    TOEFL Codes

    • University: 4839
    • Department: 66 (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

    GRE Codes

    • UC Riverside: 4839
    • Department: 1203 (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Is the IELTS accepted?

    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) and have it sent to Graduate Admissions

  • Am I allowed to retake my TOEFL exam?

    We do allow you to retake the test. If you believe that retaking the test will improve your chances in getting admitted, you are welcomed to retake the test. If you do decide to retake the test, it is highly advised the test be taken as soon as possible.

  • Why are my test scores marked unofficial?

    "Unofficial" is how we mark it as received (this is the system notation). Your score is indeed received and marked complete. If we require further information, we will contact you directly.

Letters of Recommendation

Statement of Purpose and Statement of Personal History

Program Requirements


International Applicants

Returning Graduate Students