Deadline, Requirements, and Results

Fall 2021* Application Deadlines

The online application is now open. APPLY HERE!

Application deadlines:

  • PhD: December 16th, 2020
    MS: December 16th, 2020

ALL application materials must be received by the application deadline. The ECE Department commences its review of applications immediately, following the application deadline.

The ECE Department only accepts graduate admissions applications for Fall quarter. We do not accept applications for Winter or Spring quarter admission.

Admission Requirements

  • B.S. and/or M.S. degree in engineering, physical sciences, or mathematics from an accredited college or university

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent)

  • GRE General Test  (For Fall21 admission only, submitting scores are not required, but recommended). Use institution code 4836 to report scores to UCSD.
  • International applicants: Demonstrate English language proficiency via one of four options:

    Option 1: TOEFL  with a minimum score of 550 (paper based test-PBT) or 85 (internet based test-iBT). Use institution code 4836 to report scores to UCSD.

    Option 2IELTS  with a minimum Band Score of 7

    Option 3: Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic  with a minimum overall score of 65

    Option 4: Full-time enrollment for a minimum of 1 year in a university-level institution where English is the language of instruction and in a country in which English is a dominant language. (For example: U.S.A., England, Australia, Guam, Jamaica, Ireland, parts of Canada.) 

Application Checklist

A completed admissions application includes the items below. All items must be received by the application deadline. 

Do not mail hard copy materials. All documents must be uploaded and submitted via the online application system.

  • UCSD Online Admssions Application

  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Statement of Purpose (PDF format no larger than 2 MB; uploaded to online application)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Uploaded to online application)
  • Scanned unofficial copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended (Uploaded to online application)
  • Official GRE General Test scores (submitted to UCSD via ETS; see "Admission Requirements" section above)
  • Demonstration of English proficiency (International applicants only; see "Admission Requirements" section above)
  • Resume/CV (recommended; uploaded to online application)

Application Status and Results

Applicants may check the status of their application via their UCSD's online application.

A completed online application will have the status "Submitted". The ECE Faculty Admissions Committee commences their review of applications in December, following the application deadline.

Please do not contact the ECE Graduate Affairs Office to obtain the status of your application. Each applicant will receive notification when an admission decision has been made.

  • The first round of offers for the Ph.D. program are typically sent in January/February
  • The second round of offers for the Ph.D. program are typically sent in March*
  • Offers for the M.S. program are typically sent by the end of March/early April* 
  • The ECE Faculty Admissions Committee endeavors to make all admissions decisions by April 14*

*Due to the current COVID-19 situation, our admissions timeline has been delayed. Final offers will be sent in early May. We apologize for this inconvenience and truly appreciate your patience.


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