University of California, Riverside

Computer Engineering



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GRADUATE ADMISSIONS

We are now accepting applications to our graduate program in Computer Engineering for fall 2017. Please click on the UCR Highlanders link above to begin your application.

Program Deadlines – Fall 2018

March 30    General admission deadline for international applicants
    May 1    General admission deadline for domestic applicants

The Computer Engineering Program offers programs leading to the M.S. degree. Instruction and opportunity for directed study exist in a variety of areas, including VLSI Design and Automation, Architecture and Compilers, and Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems.

Admission criteria

UCR offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of a graduate education, are the most likely to contribute to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice. Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including (but not limited to) your academic degrees and record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores and relevant experience. The appropriateness of your goals to the degree program to which you are applying and their relationship to the research interests of its faculty are also considered. Because professions need a diverse membership and because the educational experience is enhanced by a diverse student body, UCR views as a high priority the enrollment of men and women from different backgrounds and from different demographic and ethnic groups.

Prior to applying, all applicants must demonstrate competence in the following prerequisites (or comparable courses taken elsewhere):

EE 100A, CS 153, CS 161, and CS/EE 120A.. Its possible to cover some of these pre-requisites after starting the program.

Please refer to the online catalog (www.catalog.ucr.edu) for course descriptions. *Please note that these prerequisite courses may not be taken for graduate credit in any core, depth, breadth or elective areas. A student who is deficient in any of these competency areas may be asked to complete the corresponding UCR course.

Basic degree requirements

The basic degree requirement for M.S. admission is a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. Your degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent, both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement, to that offered at the University of California. Although we welcome promising students from all disciplines, entering students must have a substantial background in both electrical engineering and computer science.  Satisfying minimal standards does not guarantee admission since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of places available. As a result, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated.

Duplication of degree

Permission to work for a second M.S. degree in a new area may be approved on the individual merit of the application when there is little or no relationship between the two subjects. Duplication of a M.S. degree in computer engineering is not permitted regardless of the specific area of study.

Application Fee

International applicants, $100.
Domestic applicants, $0 -or- $80. *
*The application fee is FREE for applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents that apply prior to January 5.

Postal Address

Attn: Madie Heersink
Computer Engineering Program
Winston Chung Hall, Room 351
University of California
Riverside CA 92521, USA

*Please include your application number and reference Computer Engineering program on the envelope of any documents sent to the department.

Grade point average

We expect at least a 3.2 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in the undergraduate junior and senior years, and at least 3.5 in any graduate study. These averages are considered the minimum requirements; the actual standard for admission is set by the current pool of applicants, and is generally much higher.

Graduate record examination (GRE)

Only GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. All students applying for Fall should take the GRE test no later than November. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission. The minimum GRE score required for admission is 1100 (combined qualitative and quantitative scores). The minimum GRE score required for admission with the NEW test system is 300. The average verbal GRE score of new fall 2015 Computer Engineering graduate students is 151, and the quantitative

*Please note that the online application status for the GRE is updated automatically as the score is received electronically from ETS. The online application will only show a GRE score as 'received' if it has successfully transmitted electronically from ETS; this is done automatically at the Graduate Division level. If an applicant has ordered a GRE score to be sent to UCR and it is not yet reflected in the online application, ETS should be contacted to determine if all information entered by the applicant was correct (the score report may need to be sent again).average is 162.

You may obtain complete information on this test and the locations at which it is given from:

Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000

GRE UCR code: 4839
GRE Department code: 0402


Telephone: 609-771-7670 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. EST. The Educational Testing Service homepage is http://www.ets.org/. Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL or TOEFL iBT)

All applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. This exam must be taken within two years before the desired date of admission. The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT is 80. The average TOEFL score of new fall 2015 CSE graduate students is 98. A TOEFL score is not required if the previous two years of a student's studies were conducted at an English speaking institution and/or in the United States.

 

*Please note that the online application status for the TOEFL is updated automatically as the score is received electronically from ETS. The online application will only show a TOEFL score as 'received' if it has successfully transmitted electronically from ETS; this is done automatically at the Graduate Division level. If an applicant has ordered a TOEFL score to be sent to UCR and it is not yet reflected in the online application, ETS should be contacted to determine if all information entered by the applicant was correct (the score may need to be sent again).

You may obtain complete information on this test and the locations at which it is given from:

Educational Testing Service
PO Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

TOEFL UCR code: 4839
TOEFL Department code: 78 Computer Sciences

Telephone: 609-771-7100 Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Educational Testing Service homepage is http://www.ets.org/. Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.

IELTS

UCR also accepts scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS and remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test; ask the administrator to send the official TRF to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Graduate Division
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA

Letters Of Recommendation

A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required for admission. At least two of these letters must be from professors in your major subject. If you have obtained a M.S. degree, one letter must be from your M.S. advisor. Letters of recommendation may be uploaded directly from each recommender to your application profile, and therefore should be submitted online via the application whenever possible.

Transcripts

Please request the Registrar of each institution you have attended after high school to forward one official copy of transcripts of your academic records directly to:

Attn: Madie Heersink
Computer Engineering Program
Winston Chung Hall, Room 351
University of California
Riverside CA 92521, USA

Only official records bearing the signature of the Registrar and the seal of the issuing institution and received in sealed envelopes sent directly from that institution are accepted as supporting transcripts. Student copies of transcripts are not considered official.

*The status of received transcripts is reflected in the online application as the documents are reviewed, not as they are received. If your transcript shipment tracking reports that it has been received/signed-for by the campus, then it has successfully arrived and will be updated upon review. Please do not contact the department if the online application transcript section is not yet marked as 'received' and you have shipping delivery confirmation.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to declare attendance at any institution and submit corresponding transcripts of record may result in disqualification. If you have work in progress at the time of application, please have two copies of your official final transcript sent when the work is complete. If a degree was awarded, we must receive an official copy of the degree certificate with the transcripts from the institution.

Financial support and fees

International M.S. applicants do not receive fellowship support. For full consideration of financial support, an application must be received by January 5. Domestic student applications may be considered for fellowship opportunities after this deadline, pending funding availability but are encouraged to apply by this date. Non-immigrant students cannot establish California residency and should expect to pay nonresident tuition every quarter in addition to all other assessed fees. Current quarterly fees can be found at http://www.classes.ucr.edu/fees/schedule.htm. Admitted self-supported foreign students must provide the university with evidence of the ability to pay all required fees and expenses for the duration of their graduate program. PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT submit your financial verification documents (bank statements, etc.) until they are requested. All financial documents must be dated and received within 30 days of an admissions offer; should you submit these documents early, they will be shredded and requested from you again, so please do not send them with your application documents.

 

Additional Program Requirements

 

Please follow the online application prompts to submit the Statement of Personal History and Statement of Purpose essays online (we will not accept hard copies of these documents). Please also submit your CV/resume and include any relevant experience (publications, research, internships, etc.) within your online application.

 

Admissions process

The primary objective of the admissions process is the selection of those students most likely to complete their chosen graduate programs with distinction. After consultation between the program and the Graduate Division, the final authority to admit rests with the Graduate Division Dean. Applicants are initially reviewed and rated based on their overall undergraduate and, where appropriate, post- baccalaureate GPAs. However, the evaluation process is intended to be flexible, and departments take a variety of other factors into consideration, including GRE or other test scores, GPA in the major subject, letters of recommendation, and the reputation of the degree-granting program or institution. Soon after the department forwards its recommendation to the Graduate Division, the applicant is notified in writing (first, via e-mail) of the Dean's decision. If admission is offered with work still in progress, official transcripts reflecting the satisfactory completion of this work and the awarding of the degree (where appropriate) must be submitted as soon as possible. An offer of admission is valid for a specific quarter only; admission may not be deferred to a later quarter. Accepted students who wish to be admitted for a subsequent quarter must reapply and, if additional course work has been completed, submit updated transcripts. Please note that all applicants must submit a new application and application fee if reapplying for a later quarter.

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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Computer Engineering Program
351 Winston Chung Hall
Tel: (951) 827-5639
Fax: (951) 827-4643
E-mail: madie@cs.ucr.edu

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