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Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2021 MS Applicants: Fellowship Funding

Top applicants to the Electrical Engineering MS Program will be considered for financial support on a competitive basis.

February 1st – Admissions deadline for fellowship consideration for M.S. applicants
March 1st – General recommended admission deadline for international applicants
May 1st – General recommended admission deadline for domestic applicants

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ECE Forum

Hosted by the Graduate Admissions and Outreach Officer for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

The Graduate Admissions Forum is intended to provide prospective and current applicants the opportunity to ask questions regarding the ECE Graduate Program and how to complete an application. All events will be held via Zoom and registrants will receive event links in advance of the forum.

Please register for a forum here (

General Application Questions

  • What are the application deadlines?


    Domestic Applicants

    International Applicants

    Fall Quarter - Priority Admission & Fellowship Consideration

    PhD applicants

    MS applicants


    January 5th

    February 1st


    January 5th

    February 1st

    Fall Quarter - General Deadlines

    Recommended submission date

    Last day to submit an application



    May 1st

    September 1st



    March 1st

    June 1st


    *Winter Quarter

    November 15th

    September 1st

    *Spring Quarter

    March 1st

    December 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.

    *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.

  • 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:

  • What should I attach in the Additional Information section?

    The Additional Information section can be used to provide more information regarding your qualifications not reflected in the other part of your application. Examples may include a resume/CV, published papers, and writing samples.


  • Is it possible to copy the contents of my current application so I can submit another application--one for the MS and another for the PhD program?

    If you have not already submitted your application, please select the "copy application" option in your online application in order to copy information from your current application onto a new application.

  • Do I need to make contact with a professor in the program before I submit my application as part of the admission requirements?

    We encourage applicants to have an idea of the area(s) of research that most interests them, and more specifically, an idea of faculty with whom they share overlapping research interests with. Further, applicants are encouraged to specify this information in their Statement of Purpose. Applicants, however, are not required to contact the faculty of interest before submitting their application as part of the admissions process.

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?

    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 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
  • 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 for all applicants applying for admission to Fall 2021 to Spring 2022. Applicants may report a GRE general test score but it is not required to complete an application.

Letters of Recommendation

Statement of Purpose and Statement of Personal History

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.

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