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Newly Admitted to ECE FAQ

I have been accepted to the graduate program for Fall; can I defer my admission?

Yes, you can defer for one year to the following Fall only. When you receive the official email from OGS for your decision, you can choose 'defer'.  You must defer by the first Monday following the registration fee payment deadline.  Then, you should contact the department at least 3 months prior to your intended enrollment the following Fall so that we can make arrangements to reactivate your admission.

If your plans have changed and you want 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.

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

Please view the following website for more details:

Graduate Tuition & Fees (Fall, Winter & Spring quarter total)

  • Tuition & Fees (Resident)
  • Tuition & Fees (Non-Resident/International)

I want to apply for housing but do not have an application ID?

Only undergraduate students need their application ID to arrange for housing. Please refer to the following graduate housing website to arrange for housing:

What is the deadline to apply for housing? 

There is no deadline to apply for housing. Instead, once you have have been admitted, make sure to add yourself to the housing waitlist as soon as possible. We recommend not waiting as housing is distributed quickly. 

When will I receive my I-20? 

After accepting our offer, a link to the iPortal will appear on your homepage at 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.

When will I be able to register for classes? 

The enrollment period for new incoming ECE graduate students will begin in September. You will receive emails periodically throughout the summer, keeping you informed and letting you know the specific dates for enrollment and orientation.

I was recently accepted to the M.S. program and wanted to know if there is any funding available to me?

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, and for international students you must still pay nonresident supplemental tuition (TA funding only pays resident tuition + health insurance + student services fee). Applying for these are easier when you are on campus, so would be more common for after the first quarter, however you could try to apply via email during the summer.

More funding information and opportunities can be found here:
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