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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 $120.00 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 2021-2022 FAFSA based on the 2020 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 are accepted and encouraged for the initial program review. All transcripts uploaded to the online application system are considered unofficial. Official transcripts will be required only if you are admitted and accept our offer.

    All uploaded transcripts 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 before submitting your application to avoid potentially significant delays in the review of your application. If you need to provide updated transcripts, you may email them to (be sure to use your Application ID as the subject line).

  • GRE

    Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

    The GRE general test is now optional for all applicants seeking admission to Fall 2021 thru Spring 2023

    Applicants may report a GRE score but it is not required to complete an application. We require only Test-Taker score reports for the initial program review. If you accept our offer, we will request official scores at that time. Test Scores submitted may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you or sent elsewhere.

    GRE Institution code: 4839

    GRE Department Code: 1203

    We will accept the GRE General Test At-Home version for applicants seeking admission to Fall 2021 thru Spring 2023.

  • 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
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*

PhD applicants

MS applicants


January 5th

February 1st

Fall Quarter - General Deadlines

Recommended submission date

Last day to submit an application


March 1st

August 1st

Winter Quarter November 1st
Spring Quarter February 1st
*Fall Applicants:

To be considered for fellowship funding, the online application must be submitted by this date. Applicants may submit an incomplete application in order to meet this deadline and follow up with pending application materials after submitting. Applications submitted after the fellowship consideration deadline will be considered for financial support based on remaining funding availability.