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Graduate Admissions

Collaborative and Innovative

The department seeks disciplined and creative graduate students to work with faculty on innovative research in a challenging and collaborative environment. Our students come from all over the world, bringing together a wealth of experiences and an array of professional and academic backgrounds that builds a unique and rich graduate student experience.

Admission Requirements

Academic decisions are based on a number of factors, including the academic degrees and record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, relevant experience, appropriateness of the applicant’s goals to the degree program and its relationship to the research interests of the faculty.

Here is a breakdown of the graduate application with information about each section you are required to complete. Additional instructions are provided in the online application to assist you in providing a complete application.

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 (equivalent of EE 100A and EE 100B)
    • Signals and systems (equivalent of EE 111, or both EE 110A and EE 110B)
    • Communication and signal processing, logic design, digital systems and microsystems (equivalent of EE 120A and EE 120B)
    • Control systems; and at least one major high-level programming language and associated programming techniques area (equivalent of EE 132; equivalent of CS 010)

Course descriptions may be found in the latest UCR General Catalog

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) are required. Whenever possible, provide a transcript key that includes a grading scale.

If you attended an institution located outside of the U.S., visit International Academic Records for additional document requirements. More information may also be viewed on the international applicants page.

UNOFFICIAL transcripts are accepted and encouraged for the initial program review. Official transcripts 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 transcripts. Transcripts are to be provided as indicated below:
    • Upload and attach to the Scholastic Information section of your online application.
    • You may also email scanned transcripts to 
      • Be sure to use your Application ID as the subject line.
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 take the GRE, plan to take the exam no later than the December of your application cycle to ensure the timely receipt of test scores for fellowship and admission consideration. Keep in mind that it may take a minimum of two weeks for test scores to reach us from ETS. Test Scores submitted may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you or sent elsewhere.
Although current scores are preferred, you may submit scores no older than five years (e.g. if you apply for Fall 2021 admission, scores must be no older than January 2016). For more information on the GRE exam, visit ETS.
  • GRE Institution Code: 4839
  • GRE Department Code: 1203






All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an advanced degree at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must submit passing current exam scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test Scores submitted may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you or sent elsewhere. 

Before performing duties as a Teaching Assistant, any student whose native language is not English must pass an oral English language competency exam upon arrival at UCR. This includes not only international students but also any student whose first language is not English. 


This exam is administered by ETS and offered in nearly every country abroad. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest™ scores offered by ETS at this time. Scores reported to UCR will be evaluated based on an exam where all sections were scored from one exam date. Results from multiple exams cannot be combined to create a super score. Visit ETS for more information about this exam. 

  • TOEFL Institution Code: 4839
  • TOEFL Department Code: 66

UCR also accepts scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is jointly managed by the British Council, IELTS | IDP Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS exam score. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the electronic score to UCR. For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, visit IELTS.

Applicants will be able to enter their recommenders' information directly into our online application. Recommenders will be notified electronically and will be provided instructions on how to submit a letter online. All letters of recommendation must be received electronically so they are attached to the applicant's file for review. 

Graduate programs require three (3) letters of recommendation. Submitting more than three letters does not improve your standing as an applicant. At least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject. The most important aspect of letters of recommendation is that they be completed by individuals who can attest to your academic abilities and potential to succeed in a rigorous graduate program. All letters of recommendation must be in English. If you were enrolled in a previous graduate program, it is required that one letter be from your research or program advisor in that graduate program

Applicants using Interfolio's online portfolio service can have their letters uploaded to our online application using Interfolio's "Web Delivery" Method. To do so, please follow the step-by-step instructions located within the Reference Information section of the online application. 
If you wish to waive your right to inspect the letters of recommendation, mark the appropriate box below the reference information. Only enrolled UCR students are permitted to inspect letters of recommendation for which they did not waive their right to access. Letters of recommendation cannot be released to the applicant and cannot be forwarded elsewhere. 

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

The Statement of Purpose is your opportunity to state your specific interests with respect to the program to which you are applying. Your intended area of specialization, career objectives and research interests and experience are of interest. 

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. 

A non-refundable application fee is required, and payment can be made using (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) prior to submitting your online application. As application fees vary, please review the below table to determine your required application fee. 

Domestic (U.S. Citizens & U.S. Permanent Residents): $105

International (Non-Immigrant/Visa Student): $125

Fee Waivers are available to qualified domestic applicants only. Waivers are not automatically granted and need to be approved prior to submission of your application. Only one fee waiver is allowed per student, per application period. We cannot issue refunds for any application fees already paid.  

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

International Applicants

Fall Quarter

(Priority Admission and Fellowship Consideration for PhD applicants)

January 5th

January 5th

Fall Quarter

September 1st

June 1st

*Winter Quarter

November 15th

September 1st

*Spring Quarter

March 1st

December 1st

Fall Applicants:

Applications received after the priority deadline will still 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 an incomplete application to meet this recommended deadline and follow up with other required documents (in order to complete their application) after this deadline, but only shortly after.

*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.