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Graduate Admissions

We are now accepting applications to our graduate program in Computer Engineering for fall 2022. Become a Highlander today! 

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Program Deadlines

June 1                      General admission deadline for international applicants
August 1          General admission deadline for domestic applicants

Admissions Criteria

  •  A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by 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.
  • A minimum of 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 higher. 
  • All applications are initially reviewed by the graduate program before a recommendation is submitted to the Graduate Division for final approval. 

Postal Address

Attn: Griselda Rodriguez
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.

Graduate Admissions Office

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

Phone: (951) 827-5639
Fax: (951) 827-4643

Admissions Requirements

Below is a breakdown of our graduate application with information about each section you are required to complete. Additional instructions are provided in the online application. 

Prior to applying, all applicants must demonstrate competence in the following prerequisites (or comparable courses): EE 100A, CS 153, CS 161, and CS/EE 120A. 

Please refer to the online catalog 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.

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 current exam 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. 

Option #1: 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 revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT. We do not 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. For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, visit ETS.

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

Option #2: 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 exam score. 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.

GRE Requirement

Only Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to the M.S. program. 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.   This requirement can be waived for Fall 2022 applicants.

GRE UCR code: 4839
GRE Department code: 0402 

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.

Unofficial transcripts are required for the admission committee to review your application. Upload UNOFFICIAL transcripts of all academic institutions you have attended after high school to your application. Official transcripts will be required when applicants are admitted to the program and subsequently accept the offer.

If you attended an institution located outside of the U.S., visit International Academic Records for additional document requirements. More information may also be viewed on the international applicants page.

Applicants must submit these essays directly into their online application. Please note that each essay should not duplicate the other. 

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 interest. 

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. 

Please also submit your curriculum vitae/resume and include any relevant experience (publications, research, internships, etc.).

International applicants: $140
Domestic applicants: $120 

*Fee Waivers are available to qualified domestic applicants only.