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University of California, Riverside - 2008

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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

Application is made directly to the desired department within the College. After consultation between the department and Graduate Division, the final authority to admit rests with the Graduate Dean.

Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

The basic requirement for admission is a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California. Satisfying minimal standards does not guarantee admission since the number of qualified applicants far exceeds the number of places available. As a result, many well-qualified applicants cannot be accommodated.

A minimum 3.2 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in the junior and senior years is expected, and at least 3.5 in any graduate study. The actual standard for admission is set by the current pool of applicants, and is generally much higher.

Only GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. All students applying for Fall should take the GRE test no later than December. Applicants for Winter should take the GRE test no later than October. The test must be taken within five (5) years of the desired date of admission. The minimal GRE score (the sum of the verbal and quantitative scores) required to be admitted is 1100. A minimum score of 1200 is required to be a Teaching Assistant, however the pool is quite competitive and generally students scoring significantly above this range are selected as teaching assistants.

All applicants whose first language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL. It is administered by the Educational Testing Service and given several times annually at many locations. This exam must be taken within two years before the desired date of admission. The minimal TOEFL score required is 550.

Three letters of recommendation are required in support of all applications for admission. At least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to GRADUATE ADVISOR, Department of __________, University of California, Riverside CA 92521, USA. You should supply your recommender with the correct address or an addressed envelope.

Please note that this is only general information regarding transcripts. For more specific information, please refer to the Graduate Application. Request the Registrar of each
institution you have attended since high school to forward two (2) official copies of transcripts of your academic records directly to: GRADUATE ADVISOR, Department of ___________, University of California, Riverside CA 92521, USA. Only official records bearing the signature of the Registrar and the seal of the issuing institution, received in sealed envelopes from that institution, are accepted as supporting transcripts. Student copies of transcripts are not considered official. Exception: If you have received a bachelor's degree from UCR or another UC campus and have completed your last two years of undergraduate work there, you will need to submit transcripts for that campus only. However, UC graduates must provide transcripts for any work taken beyond the bachelor's. Graduates from other universities must submit transcripts from ALL institutions attended; a summary by the degree-granting institution will not suffice. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to declare attendance at any institution and submit corresponding transcripts of record may result in disqualification. If you have work in progress at the time of application, please have two copies of your official final transcript sent when the work is complete. If a degree was awarded make certain this appears on your transcript.

(A) Fall quarter = May 1
(B) Winter quarter = September 1
(C) Spring quarter = December 1.
(A) Fall quarter = February 1
(B) Winter quarter = July 1
(C) Spring quarter = October 1.

For full consideration of financial support, your application must be received by January 5 (for fall only). Only a limited amount of graduate support is available for first-year graduate students. These are awarded strictly on merit.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

GRE minimum: 1100; official transcripts and degree certificates; GPA (3.2 undergraduate, 3.5 graduate); 3 letters of recommendation; TOEFL minimum 550.

Entrance Requirements for Non-Resident Students

GRE minimum: 1100; official transcripts and degree certificates; GPA (3.2 undergraduate, 3.5 graduate); 3 letters of recommendation.

Residency Requirements

For the Masters degree, the requirement is three quarters of study, two of which must be spent on the Riverside campus.

For the Doctoral degree, the requirement is six quarters in the University of California, three of which must be spent in continuous residence on the Riverside campus.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Masters candidates may apply for graduate study noting the courses and sources of their transfer work. Applicable transfer work will be determined by the department and the Graduate Division. For Doctoral candidates, transfer credit is determined by the department and the Graduate Dean. Units from another University of California campus may be used to satisfy one of the three quarters of residence and may be counted for up to one-half of the total units required for the UCR Masters degree. A maximum of 8 units from outside the UC system may be counted towards the Masters degree.