BS/MS Program


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The ECE Department B.S./M.S. is a contiguous program for advanced, distinguished ECE undergraduates, leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Master of Science (M.S.). Students admitted to the program have access to graduate-level ECE courses and opportunities to do graduate level research under the direct supervision of faculty before completing their bachelor’s degree. 

Acceptance into this program is an honor which carries with it practical benefits, one of which is the simplification of the graduate application process (no GREs are required). 

Admission for graduate study through the B.S./M.S. program is for the M.S. degree only. Undergraduate students wishing to be considered for the ECE Ph.D. degree must apply to the Ph.D. program directly.

Students should apply at least 4 quarters in advance from their B.S. graduation. There will be two application periods per year: every Fall (for Winter/Spring M.S. start) and every Spring (for Fall M.S. start).

***See timeline below for more information on when you should apply.***

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Junior class standing (specifically, 4 quarters from graduation) at the time the internal application is submitted

Exceptions will not be considered.

  • 3.0 minimum major and overall GPA (3.4 major and overall GPA to be considered competitive)

This program is highly competitive. Meeting or exceeding the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee admittance to the program.

 

PROGRAM TIMELINE

 

PART 1 INTERNAL APPLICATION TIMELINE

 

Estimated Quarter of Graduate (M.S.) Program Start

Undergraduate Degree Completion

When you should apply

Application Period

Application Deadline

Applicant Notified

Winter 2020

Fall 2019

Fall 2018

Weeks 3-7 of Fall 2018

11:30 AM Friday Week 7 of Fall 2018

April 2019

Spring 2020

Winter 2020

Fall 2018

Weeks 3-7 of Fall 2018

11:30 AM Friday Week 7 of Fall 2018

April 2019

Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Spring 2019

Weeks 3-7 of Spring 2019

11:30 AM Friday Week 7 of Spring 2019

July 2020

Winter 2021

Fall 2020

Fall 2019

Weeks 3-7 of Fall 2019

11:30 AM Friday Week 7 of Fall 2018

April 2020

Spring 2021

Winter 2021

Fall 2019

Weeks 3-7 of Fall 2019

11:30 AM Friday Week 7 of Fall 2018

April 2020

 

 

PART 2 (ONCE ACCEPTED INTERNALLY): GRADUATE DIVISION APPLICATION TIMELINE

 

Estimated Quarter of Graduate (M.S.) Program Start

Undergraduate Degree Completion

Students Notified about Completing Part Two of Application

Application Period

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

May 2019

Winter 2020

Fall 2019

Fall 2019

October 2019

Spring 2020

Winter 2020

Winter 2020

January 2020

Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Spring 2020

May 2020

Winter 2021

Fall 2020

Fall 2020

October 2020

Spring 2021

Winter 2021

Winter 2021

January 2021

 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST:

 
ECE INTERNAL APPLICATION (STEP 1)

 

1.       ECE Internal Application Form (This is a clickable link which will direct you to the application. This application is for Winter 2020 and Spring 2020 start only.) Complete this application fully.

2.       Statement of Purpose

An applicant's statement of purpose is very important and helps provide a student "voice" in the application process. Please be concise and specific as possible in preparing your statement. Provide information that will aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your potential as a Master's student, particularly in relation to your goals, experience, and professional growth. Applicants are recommended to include information about internship/work or research/project experience. For guidelines on how to write a statement of purpose, please visit the UCSD Career Services Center. Two pages maximum, double spaced.

3.       Letters of Recommendation: Required for applicants with a major and/or overall GPA below 3.4.

Letters of recommendation are not required for applicants with a major and/or overall GPA above 3.4.

4.       Copy of Academic History and/or Degree Audit

5.      Complete entire application (Google Form) and make sure to submit all uploads.

Application deadline: 11:30 am Friday of Week 7 (Friday, November 16th for those applying in FA18).

Requests for deadline extension will not be considered.

 

GRADUATE DIVISION APPLICATION (STEP 2):

*THIS STEP IS ONLY APPLICABLE ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE DEPARTMENT WHEN YOU SHOULD COMPLETE YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION.*

 

1.       UCSD Graduate Division online graduate admissions application

B.S./M.S. students are to submit the UCSD Graduate Division online graduate admissions application at a specific time in the spring quarter of the senior year. (B.S./M.S. students should NOT complete the online admissions application for the regular ECE MS Program, due in December each year.)

Application instructions will be sent to all B.S./M.S. students in their senior year.  

Students should complete the online graduate admissions application for the ECE M.S. major that most closely resembles their undergraduate curriculum, interests, and experience. (The CE M.S. major may only be selected by ECE CE undergraduates. Transferring to the CE MS major is not permitted.)

2.       Non-refundable application fee.

3.       Submit by the application deadline.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS ONCE ADMITTED TO THE PROGRAM

Once admitted, students must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all courses (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Be continually enrolled through spring quarter of their senior year

Students not satisfying the above requirements may be re-evaluated for continuation in the program.

Curriculum:

Students in the B.S./M.S. program must complete the same requirements as those in the regular M.S. program. For more information, please see the ECE M.S. Degree Requirements webpage, specifically the degree planning form for each major. Discuss any questions with B.S/M.S. Advisor, Ira Zukanović.

Via petition, students may apply courses taken while an undergraduate to the M.S. Degree. Once officially admitted to the M.S. Program (after the undergraduate senior year), students may meet with B.S./M.S. Advisor, Ira Zukanović to discuss the petition process.

Restrictions:

  • No more than 24 units of coursework (with a grade of B- or better) completed while an undergraduate may be petitioned. No more than 12 of the 24 units may be undergraduate units (and all undergraduate units petitioned must be upperdivision).
  • Courses may not apply to both the B.S. and the M.S. degree

 

QUESTIONS?

Questions about the ECE B.S./M.S. Program, and the internal ECE application process (Step 1): please speak with an ECE Undergraduate Staff Advisor.

Questions about the Graduate Division online graduate admissions application (Step 2): please speak with B.S/M.S. Advisor, Ira Zukanović.

Questions about ECE M.S. degree requirements: please speak with B.S/M.S. Advisor, Ira Zukanović.