BS/MS Admissions Information & Process

Minimum Requirements

Must be a UCSD ECE undergraduate student in order to apply to the continuous program. If you are not an ECE undergraduate student,  please apply through our general MS admissions

4-5 quarters from graduation at the time the internal application is submitted (depending on which quarter you will be graduating from your BS program - FALL applications encompass students who will begin their M.S. in a WINTER or SPRING quarter (the following year). SPRING applications encompass students who will begin their MS in the FALL 4 quarters from the SPRING application). Generally, students should be applying in their junior year (NOT junior standing, but the 3rd year of their 4 year B.S. program. For transfer students, this may be their 1st year at UCSD).

***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.

Application 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 2023

Fall 2022

Fall 2021

Weeks 3-7 of Fall 2021

11:59 PM Friday Week 7 of Fall 2021

April 2022

Spring 2023

Winter 2023

Fall 2021

Weeks 3-7 of Fall 2021

11:59 PM Friday Week 7 of Fall 2021

April 2022

Fall 2023

Spring 2023

Spring 2022

Weeks 3-7 of Spring 2022

11:59 PM Friday Week 7 of Spring 2022

July 2022

Winter 2024

Fall 2023

 

Fall 2022

 

Weeks 3-7 of Fall 2022

11:59 PM Friday Week 7 of Fall 2022

April 2023


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

Winter 2022

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

October 2021

Spring 2022

Winter 2022

Winter 2022

January 2022

Fall 2022

Spring 2022

Spring 2022

May 2022

Winter 2023

Fall 2022

Fall 2022

October 2022

Spring 2023

Winter 2023

Winter 2023

January 2023

 

Application Checklist

ECE Internal Application (Step 1)
  1. ECE Internal Application Form 

    • ***NOW OPEN FOR STUDENTS APPLYING TO START THEIR MS DEGREE IN WINTER 2023, SPRING 2023.*** 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 overall GPA below 3.4.

    • Letters of recommendation are not required for applicants with a major OR overall GPA above 3.4.

    • Applicants who are required to submit letters of recommendation will need to submit two letters. 1 of 2 letters MUST be from an ECE faculty member or TA. The second letter should be from a professor, faculty advisor, or employer in a related field. LORs can be e-mailed, submitted to the front desk of the Student Affairs Office, or attached to the online application.

  4. Copy of Academic History and/or Degree Audit

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm Friday of Week 7 (Friday, November 12th)

***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
    • BS/MS students are to submit the UCSD Graduate Division online graduate admissions application at a specific time in the final quarter of their senior year. (BS/MS 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 BS/MS students in their senior year.
      • Students should complete the online graduate admissions application for the ECE MS major that most closely resembles their undergraduate curriculum, interests, and experience. 
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit by the application deadline.
  4. Submit official UCSD Transcripts to the UCSD Graduate Division.
    • Students will be emailed more detailed information on how to complete this step.
    • If the official transcripts are not submitted by the deadline that the Graduate Division sets, a hold will be placed on the student account until they are submitted. 

    Questions? 

    Need assistance with the ECE BS/MS Program, and the internal ECE application process? (Step 1) Need assistance with the Graduate Division online graduate admissions application? (Step 2)