Graduate Admissions

Online Application

MS & PhD
Fall 2022 Deadline:

Wednesday December 15th

by 11:59pm (California time)


Sean Jones
Phone: (858) 534-3213

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

Application Deadlines for Fall 2022 intake* 

PhD: December 15th, 2021
MS: December 15th, 2021

* The ECE Department admits students once per year, for the fall term only

Online Application and Fees

Apply Here!: UCSD Online Admissions 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 Fall 22 intake, submitting scores are required for MS applications. For PhD applications, scores are not required, but recommended).

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 Fall 22 intake, submitting scores are required for MS applications. For PhD applications, 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 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*


Admissions Frequently Asked Questions Page