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Domestic Applicants (U.S. Citizen and U.S. Permanent Resident)

General UC Riverside graduate admission criteria

Department-specific graduate admission criteria

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 UCR General Catalog

Application Checklist

Domestic Applicant Checklist

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

    Official Transcripts

    One official copy of your transcript(s) may be sent directly from the Registrar's Office of the academic institutions you have attended (beyond secondary school), or you may request official copies and send them yourself in the original sealed envelopes to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Official transcripts must be in the original, sealed (unopened) envelope from the issuing institution.

    Please note: Unofficial copies are accepted. We highly recommend attaching scanned copies of your transcript(s) 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 transcript(s) 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. 

  • GRE

    Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

    Each applicant is required to submit the GRE score to the Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program at UCR. Current scores of the GRE General Test are preferred and should be received 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

    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.

    Do not mail this document. It will only delay the processing of your 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.

    Do not mail this document. It will only delay the processing of your application.

Student Services Advisor

Jun Dizon
(951) 827-2484
Mailing Documents

Graduate Advisor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

Graduate Application Priority Deadlines

  Domestic Applicants
Fall Quarter
(Priority Admission and Fellowship Consideration for Ph.D. applicants)
January 31st (extended deadline)
Fall Quarter September 1st
*Winter Quarter November 15th
*Spring Quarter March 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.