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Domestic Applicants (U.S. Citizen)

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. The 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.

  • Interested students 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 such as:
    • Mathematics (Calculus, differential equations and complex variables)
    • Circuits and electronics
    • Signals and systems
    • Communication and signal processing, logic design, digital systems and microsystems
    • Control systems; and at least one major high-level programming language and associated programming techniques area

Specific equivalent courses are described in the latest UCR General Catalog

GAANN Fellowship

Domestic Ph.D. applicants may be eligible for GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowship for pursuing research in areas of Internet-of-Things networks, autonomous systems, large-scale camera networks, renewable energy and smart grids, and robust control and navigation of robots. The nominal time to completion of a Ph.D. degree is five years. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering commits to providing five years of support for every GAANN fellow. In the first two years, GAANN Fellows will be supported by a combination of GAANN funds, central fellowships, and teaching assistant appointments. From years 3 to 5, students will be supported by their faculty advisors’ research funds and/or by teaching assistant appointments.

Application Checklist

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Checklist Components

  • Application Fee

    Application Fee

    The $105.00 application fee for U.S. citizens and permanent residents must be paid by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) prior to the submission of your application. Fee waivers are available to qualified domestic applicants only.

    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.

    Ph.D. applicants only: We strongly encourage domestic Ph.D. applicants to complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA based on the 2019 tax year to be considered for GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellowship as part of your application to the Ph.D. program.

  • Academic Records


    Transcripts with most recent grades or final grades (if degree has been awarded) from all academic institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school) is required. Whenever possible, provide a transcript key that includes a grading scale.

    Please note: UNOFFICIAL transcripts and degree certificates are accepted and encouraged for the initial program review. Official transcripts and degree certificates will be required only if you are admitted and accept our offer.

    Make sure to include complete scanned copies of the front and back of each page of your documents. You may provide scanned copies in two ways:

    1. Upload and attach to the applicable Scholastic Information section of your online application
    2. Email scanned documents to 
      • Be sure to use your Application ID as the subject line to ensure your documents are attached to the correct application
  • GRE

    Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

    The GRE general test is now optional for all applicants applying for admission to Fall 2021 to Spring 2022.

    Applicants may report a GRE score but it is not required to complete an application. If you plan to report your GRE general test scores, then scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to our university. Applicants are not required to take the GRE Subject Test.

    GRE Institution code: 4839

    GRE Department Code: 1203

  • Letters of Recommendation

    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 must be submitted online and uploaded to your online application.

    Note: Recommender's personal email accounts are not permitted.

  • Personal Statements

    Applicants must submit these essays directly into their online application. Please note that each essay should not duplicate the other. We also do not accept a personal resume or curriculum vitae as a response to either essay

    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.

    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 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 entered directly in to the application or uploaded.

Admissions Office

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Suite 343, Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429
Graduate Admissions and Outreach Officer
Jun Dizon
(951) 827-2484
Mailing Documents
Graduate Admissions
University Office Building, Room 116
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521, USA


Exam Codes
  • GRE and TOEFL Institution Code: 4839
  • GRE Department Code: 1203
  • TOEFL Department Code: 66

Graduate Application Deadlines

  Domestic Applicants
Fall Quarter
Priority Admission & Fellowship Consideration
January 5th
Fall Quarter September 1st
*Winter Quarter November 15th
*Spring Quarter March 1st
Fall Applicants:

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.

*Winter/Spring Applicants:

We generally do not admit students for Winter and Spring admission. We highly recommend that students only apply if specifically asked to do so by a faculty member. There have been occasions where students have been admitted, but such cases are rare.