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International Applicants (Non-Immigrant/Visa Students)

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

International Applicant Checklist

Checklist Components

  • Application Fee

    The nonrefundable $125.00 application fee must be paid by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) prior to submission of your application.

  • Academic Records

    Transcripts

    International applicants must submit a copy of most recent or final transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school). Copies of each transcript must come in the original language and in the English-translated version prepared by the issuing institution.

    Please note: Unofficial copies are accepted for the initial review process. We highly recommend attaching scanned copies of your transcripts (in original language and English-translated) 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 transcripts before submitting, please email scanned copies to ecegradoffice@ece.ucr.edu. Please make sure to provide your application ID in the body of your email to ensure your documents are attached to the correct application.

    Certificate of Degree

    One copy of the Certificate of Degree must also be submitted from all academic institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school) if not posted on transcript. The certificate must be issued in the original language and English-translated, prepared by the issuing institution. Notarized documents are not acceptable.

    Please note: Unofficial copies are accepted for the initial review process. We highly recommend attaching scanned copies of your degree certificates (in original language and English-translated) 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 degree certificates before submitting, please email scanned copies to ecegradoffice@ece.ucr.edu. Please make sure to provide your application ID in the body of your email to ensure your documents are attached to the correct application.

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    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. However, to avoid any potential delays in the processing of visas, international applicants are still encouraged to submit official transcripts and degree certificates when possible.

    Official transcripts can be sent directly to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the issuing institution, or you can mail the transcripts yourself provided they are sealed within the original envelope of the issuing institution.

    Our mailing address is:

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

  • 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

  • English Language Requirement

    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 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.

    NOTE: The English language requirement is waived if the applicant received an advanced degree (Bachelor's or higher) from an accredited institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction (typically verified on transcripts).

    Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    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 written exam
    • 220 for the computer-based exam
    • 90 for the internet-based exam (iBT)

    Score reporting codes are:

    • TOEFL institution code - 4839
    • Department code - 66

    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    UCR also accepts scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP: IELTS 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. 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.

    Send the official TRF to:
    Graduate Admissions Office
    Graduate Division
    University Office Building
    University of California, Riverside
    Riverside, CA 92521 USA

    For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, consult the IELTS website.

  • 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 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 particular interest. This must be either entered directly into the application or uploaded.

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

    Statement of Personal History

    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 either entered directly into the application or uploaded.

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

  • Financial Verification Statement

    Financial Verification Statement

    International applicants must complete and return the International Student Confidential Financial Statement online. If any supplemental forms are required to be mailed to us, you can find this through your online application.

    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.

Student Services Advisor

Jun Dizon
(951) 827-2484
 
Mailing Documents
Graduate Adviser
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - 100
Suite 343 Winston Chung Hall
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0429
 

Graduate Application Priority Deadlines

  International Applicants
Fall Quarter Priority Admission & Fellowship Consideration January 5th
Fall Quarter June 1st
*Winter Quarter September 1st
*Spring Quarter December 1st
Fall Applicants:

Applications received after January 5th will 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 other required documents (in order to complete their application) after this deadline, but only shortly after January 5th.

*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.