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Frequently Asked Questions


Applicants seeking admission to Fall 2024 are encouraged to submit a complete application as soon as possible in order to be considered for financial support. 

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General Application Questions

Transcripts/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

  • Can I send unofficial documents?

    We only require UNOFFICIAL transcripts for the review of your application. DO NOT send official transcripts electronically or by mail. All transcripts and academic documents uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial.

    All uploaded transcripts and academic records should include the following information.

    • Student's Name
    • Institution's Name
    • Dates of Attendance
    • Grades Available (at the time applying)
    • Credits/Units
    • Grading Scale/Legend
    • Degree Awarded (if applicable)

    The graduate application system accepts PDF or DOCX files and only one attachment per institution. We highly recommend uploading transcripts/degree certificates before submitting your application to avoid potentially significant delays in the review of your application. You may also email your documents to (be sure to use your Application ID as the subject line).

    [International Applicants: The department highly recommends submitting official transcripts when possible to avoid any potential delays in the processing of visas.] 

Test Scores

  • 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 GRE/TOEFL/IELTS 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 welcome 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.

  • Is the GRE required?

    The GRE general test requirement is now optional. Applicants may report a GRE general test score but it is not required to complete an application.

Letters of Recommendation

Program Requirements


International Applicants

  • As an international applicant, do I need to show a financial verification statement?

    U.S immigration law requires that international applicants, if admitted, must show documented evidence of sufficient funds to cover all fees, transportation, and living expense 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. Here is our website: applicant

  • Can I send unofficial documents?

    Unofficial copies should be provided for the application review process and, if admitted, official copies will be requested by Graduate Admissions after you accept your offer. Notarized documents are not acceptable. 

    However, the department highly recommends submitting official transcripts when possible to avoid any potential delays in the processing of visas.

Returning Graduate Students

Statement of Purpose and Statement of Personal History

  • Do I have to submit both statements?

    Yes, you must submit two distinct responses. That is, your essay response should not duplicate the other. We also do not accept a personal resume or curriculum vitae as a response to either essay

  • How long does each essay need to be?

    There is a character limit if your responses are typed directly into the application. There is no character limit if your responses are attached as PDF's or word documents to your application. 

  • May I submit an updated/corrected essay response?

    Yes. Email your essay response (in PDF or word document file) to with your application ID as the subject line.