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Frequently Asked Questions

General Application Questions

  • What are the application deadlines?


    Domestic Applicants

    International Applicants

    Fall Quarter

    (Priority Admissions and Fellowship Consideration for Ph.D. applicants)

    January 31st (extended deadline)

    January 31st (extended deadline)

    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.

  • 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

  • I would like to update my application, what steps should I take?

    If you would like to update documents such as CV’s, Resumes, Transcripts, etc.., please email with your application ID and the PDF version of the document you wish to update.

  • I’ve submitted my application and would like to know my status.

    “Being processed” means your application is under review. Graduate Admissions are done on a rolling basis and are ongoing at this time. You will be notified by email from Graduate Division when a decision is made.In the meantime, please remember, the best and only way for you to check your application status is by logging on to our website at:

  • Will my application still be considered for Fall admission if I missed the priority admission deadline?

    The department will still accept applications to the MS and PhD programs as long as applicants submit an online application as soon as possible. Please note that applicants may submit an incomplete application and follow-up with other required documents/test scores (in order to complete the application) after submitting their online application. As long as you submit an online application as soon as possible, your application will be considered for Fall admission. 

Transcripts and 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?

    Unofficial copies are accepted and highly encouraged. We highly recommend attaching scanned copies of any documents required to complete initial review of your application (e.g. transcripts and/or degree certificates) in the Statement of Purpose and Statement of Personal History section of your application, under the section called "Additional Information." If you are unable to attach your documents before submitting, please email scanned copies to Please make sure to provide your application ID in the body of your email to ensure your documents are attached to the correct application.  

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

    [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)
  • 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
  • Will you accept TOEFL MyBest™ scores?

    We do not currently accept the TOEFL MyBest™ scores recently offered by ETS. 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.  

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Am I allowed to retake my GRE/TOEFL/IELTS exam?
    Due to COVID-19, the GRE is optional. Please contact the department graduate advisors at to learn more.

    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.

Letters of Recommendation

Statement of Purpose and Statement of Personal History

Program Requirements

  • Can I still apply if I don't meet all 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.

  • Where can I find more information regarding requirements?

    To see information regarding our graduate program, graduate student admission criteria, graduate application priority deadlines, and applicant checklist please visit us here



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 expenses 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.

  • 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