Thank you for your interest in UC San Diego's Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate programs!
ECE has long been a powerhouse at UC San Diego with its innovative and impactful research led by top-notch faculty and outstanding graduate and undergraduate students. When our Chancellor challenged us to "break from the ordinary" to make the world a better place, ECE accepted it with a conviction that the work we can do can change our future.
For more information, we invite you to review our webpages. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Application Deadlines for Fall 2021 intake*
PhD: December 16th, 2020
MS: December 16th, 2020
* The ECE Department admits students once per year, for the fall term only
- Online Application and Fees
Apply Here!: UCSD Online Admssions Application
You will need:
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 below. (For PhD applications for Fall 22 intake, submitting scores are not required, but recommended, but they are required for MS intake).
Demonstration of English proficiency (International applicants only; see "Admission Requirements" section below)
Resume/CV (recommended; uploaded to online application)
Pay the non-refundable application fee
- Changing your Major/Research Area Later
For our impacted majors/research areas, you will not have the opportunity to switch into them if you are admitted to a different major.
Our impacted majors are:
- Computer Engineering (EC79)
- Electronic Circuits and Systems (EC78)
- Intelligent Systems Robotics and Control (EC80)
- Machine Learning and Data Science (EC93)
Therefore if you are interested in any of these majors, be sure to apply to them when filling out your application.
You may seek approval to switch into one of our non-impacted majors/research areas after your first quarter in your program.
- Admission Requirements
A 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 PhD applications for Fall 22 intake, submitting scores are not required, but recommended - they are required for MS intake). 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 2: IELTS 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 Status and Results
Applicants may check the status of their application via their online application portal.
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*
*Due to the high volume of applications being processed, please expect a delay in receiving a result. We truly appreciate your patience.
- Offers for the M.S. program are typically sent by March*
- The ECE Faculty Admissions Committee endeavors to make all admissions decisions by April 14*