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Information for New ECE Graduate Students


Welcome to ECE! We are very happy you have decided to join our graduate program. Below is more information to help you transition to UCSD.




Please be certain to review Graduate Division’s Admitted Students webpage, which details all of the steps you should complete as a new UCSD student.

We also encourage you to read our ECE Graduate Student Handbook for more in-depth information about the ECE Department, graduate student requirements, policies, and procedures.




ECE Graduate Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

8:15 am – 12:00 pm

Warren Lecture Hall, Room 2001

Attendance is mandatory

More information will be sent to all new students as the orientation date nears.


Graduate Division New Graduate Student Orientation

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

More information (including location details) to be announced as the orientation date nears.


International Graduate Student Orientation

Saturday, September 17, 2016

More information (including times and location) to be announced as the orientation date nears.



2016-17 CALENDAR


The 2016-17 Academic Calendar may be found here.


Fall Quarter 2016 Officially Begins:

Monday, September 19, 2016


Fall Quarter 2016 Instruction Begins:

Thursday, September 22, 2016






When will I be able to register for classes?

The enrollment period for new incoming ECE graduate students begins in the summer. The ECE Graduate Student Affairs Office will be in touch via email in the summer with information about enrollment.

What is the deadline to apply for graduate student housing?

There is no deadline. If you are interested in graduate student housing, you should add yourself to the housing waitlist as soon as possible after you are admitted. Graduate student housing is distributed quickly, so we advise getting on the waitlist as soon as you can. Please refer to the following Graduate Student Housing website for more information.

I am an international student. When will I receive my I-20 (for F-1 visa) or DS-2019 (for J-1 visa)? 

After accepting our offer, you will be given information directing you to the iPortal. Follow the directions given in the iPortal to request your I-20.  Please allow for 6 weeks after submitting your request to receive your I-20. Questions about the I-20 or DS-2019 should be directed to UCSD's International Center at

May I change my major / research area after I have been admitted to the graduate program?

Computer Engineering and Electrical Circuits and Systems majors are specifically impacted; major change requests to these areas are not permitted after admission. A change into any non-impacted major may be requested via petition after the first quarter in residence in the ECE graduate program. Please see the appropriate Graduate Student Affairs staff to go over the change of major process.

What is an estimated total cost for one year of study at UCSD?

The Graduate Division publishes updated tuition and fee costs each year. 

Is funding available to M.S. students?

Unfortunately, there is little support opportunity for masters students. Assistantships are quite rare, very competitive, and certainly not guaranteed. Most of these are reserved for continuing Ph.D. students. Teaching assistant positions are possible, though also extremely competitive. (International student TAs must still pay nonresident supplemental tuition, as TA funding only pays resident tuition, health insurance, and the student services fee.) Applying for TAships is easier after your first quarter in the graduate program, after meeting faculty and establishing a GPA at UCSD. Instructions for applying for ECE TAships are sent to all continuing students on a quarterly basis. 

More information about funding in the ECE Department may be found on our Financial Support website. The UCSD Graduate Division also provides information about funding opportunities

I am a domestic U.S. student and would like to be classified in future as a California resident for tuition purposes. What steps should I take?

You should begin the process of becoming a California resident at least one year before the quarter you are seeking reclassification. This includes establishing a physical presence in California, establishing your intent by changing your ties from your previous state of residence to California, and meeting financial independence requirements. This process is described in more detail on the website “How to Change Your Nonresident Status to Resident”; all Domestic US students should read this website thoroughly and familiarize themselves with the requirements. The Residence Deputy in the Registrar’s Office is the final authority in determining the classification of resident status. All questions and concerns should be addressed to the Residency Deputy directly. 

May I defer admission?

You may defer for one year to the following Fall Quarter only. When you receive the official email from the Graduate Division requesting your admissions decision, you may choose 'defer'.  You must defer by the first Monday following the registration fee payment deadline.  Then, you should contact the department at least three months prior to the following Fall Quarter so that we can make arrangements to reactivate your admission.

If your plans have changed and you wish to defer after already accepting the offer online, you will need to contact the department immediately (and no later than the first Monday following the registration fee payment deadline).