Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • What are the deadline dates for the applications?





    (Priority Admissions and Fellowship Consideration)

    January 20*

    January 20*


    September 1

    June 1


    November 15

    September 1


    March 1

    December 1

    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.

    *The deadline for priority admission and fellowship consideration is January 20, 2019. 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 20.

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

    The selection of qualified candidates for the Master’s and Ph.D. programs is based on an applicant’s qualifications as a whole. Therefore, an applicant’s GPA, GRE score, TOEFL or IELTS scores (international applicants only), statement 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 rare and only occurs when an applicant is specifically recommended by a faculty member and special circumstances justify the exception.

  • How can I find out more about fees and tuition assistance?

    Fellowships and other financial assistance opportunities are available on the Graduate Division website

  • 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

  • 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.

  • I've submitted my application--how do I update my recommenders?

    Please send us an email at with all the information we need to update your recommender information. You have two options when updating recommenders: 1) replace or 2) add a fourth. Please keep in mind that if your first-choice is reluctant or unresponsive, you may want to choose a new recommender. We are unable to send more than one request to each recommender. 

  • 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.

  • How many times can I resend the request to my recommender(s) to submit their letter of recommendation?

    As the applicant you are allowed to resend the request once to recommender(s). If for any reason the recommender(s) have not received the request, you may email to resend the request to recommender(s). This can only be done only once by us.

  • Am I able to put my employer as one of my references for my application?

    It is fine to submit a letter of recommendation from your employer, but it is highly recommended that you have at least two letters from professors in your major subject.

  • I am interested in applying for a fee waiver, what are the requirements?

    In order to qualify, you must be a U.S. Citizen or current Permanent resident as explained here:

  • I applied last year and I would like to use my materials from my previous application to my current one, what are the steps I should take?

    Please send an email to with your past and current Application ID and indicate what materials you would like to reuse for your current application (i.e., transcripts, test scores, LOR, etc...).