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Graduate Program Overview


Important Updates for Fall 2020

Below is up-to-date information for students admitted to the MS in Computer Engineering.
Last Updated: September 16, 2020


ATTENTION: New Fall 2020 Admits

Instruction for graduate students in Computer Engineering will be available only in an online format. Courses offered can be viewed in the UCR online Schedule of Classes. All listed courses are regular CS or ECE courses, they will be taught by UCR faculty, and they can be used towards the degree requirements.

The CEN department will provide several options for incoming graduate students to join the program, despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These options are explained below.

Students present in the country in Fall can complete their Course Registration starting in late August.

Students unable to come to UCR in Fall quarter have several options:

  1. Register as a UCR Extension student and take our regular course offerings remotely. We recommend taking two classes (a total of 8 units), which will be taught on-line, by our regular professors. This is a special program that makes UCR courses available to non-UCR students. Students who join our program later will be allowed to use up to 12 units from UCR Extension towards their degree requirements. The information about the cost and registration process for UCR Extension will be provided at a later date.
  2. Register as a regular UCR student, and take all your classes remotely. Your tuition costs will be as specified in your admission letter and other documents. 
  3. Defer your admission to a future quarter; Winter 21, Spring 21 or Fall 21. All deferral requests must be submitted no later than August 13, 2020 by completing the form available here: Deferment Request Form

Please check this website regularly for updates. Additional information for incoming students will continue to be posted here. 

Additional Resources

For background, news, and resources about UC Riverside's response to COVID-19, please go here.

For the latest fall 2020 admission and enrollment information, including updates related to COVID-19, please review this FAQ page.

If you have additional questions, please email


Computer Engineering Graduate Program

Take your career to the next level with a Master of Science in Computer Engineering! 

If you have a background in computer engineering, computer science or electrical engineering, our MS degree will prepare you for a career as an innovator in the industry, or help you continue your graduate studies. 

Our curriculum blends advanced technical topics, research projects, and hands on experience – helping you become a creative problem solver in the computer engineering industry. In our MS program, we offer a flexible curriculum that enables you to enroll in courses from both the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) departments. 

As a CEN graduate student, you will have the opportunity to work on leading research  with world-class faculty. 

If you’re interested in pursuing a PhD after your MS, our CSE department and ECE department offer PhD programs. 

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