MS Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering Emphasis
2 academic years
Entering students are required to have completed a bachelor.s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA in all coursework taken in the junior and senior years. The overall GPA must also be at least a 3.0 GPA.
The UCLA Application for Graduate Admission typically becomes available on the second Monday in September. Applications for the following Fall Quarter are accepted from September until December 15th. All applications must be paid and submitted by midnight (PST) on December 15 in order to be considered for admission. Late applications are not considered.
All applications must be submitted and paid by the deadline. Read the instructions carefully. The application is located here.
All candidates to the MS and PhD programs must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited and recognized college or university. The University Graduate Division requires that applicants have a minimum of 3.0/4.0 on all Jr/Sr coursework completed. However, the most competitive applicants have GPAs within the range of the most recently admitted applications. These statistics are listed here.
Applicants must upload a copy of their transcript as part of their electronic application. UCLA is no longer requiring official transcripts at the time of the application. Applicants who are recommended for admission and accept our offer will then be required to submit official transcripts from their institutions.
International Students who are admitted to our program are still advised to submit official transcripts if they are recommended for admission as UCLA will not be able to issue the required documents needed to apply for a student visa.
Note: All applicants are still required to upload unofficial transcripts as part of the online application..The shipping address for these documents is:
ATTN: Admissions Coordinator
All applicants must have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) report official scores for the General GRE by 5:00PM (PST) on January 1. Applicants are also encouraged to upload copies of their student score reports in the additional documents section of their electronic application.
There is no minimum or required score. However, the most competitive applicants will have scores comparable to the average of the previous year’s admits. These numbers are located here. Students may submit multiple score reports, but only the most recent scores are considered for admission.
Institution Code = 4837
Department Code = 1203
GRE scores are valid for 5 years prior to the date of application.
All applicants must provide the name and email address for 3 individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department prefers letters from academic faculty. However, applicants may choose to provide ONE letter from a professional reference. The application allows for 4 letters to be submitted. Only the first 3 letters are guaranteed to be reviewed. Applicants may choose to provide a 4th letter if they wish.
The online application program allows applicants the ability to send reminders, change recommendation letter writer information, and verify receipt of letters of recommendation. Letters must be received electronically by 5:00PM (PST) on January 1.
All letters must be submitted using the online application. No paper or emailed letters are accepted by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
Applicants who have studied outside of the USA or in another country in which English is the primary spoken language of daily life and the medium of instruction are required to provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores. The minimum scores required are
TOEFL minimums are:
IELTS minimum of 7.0
Internet total of 87
Computer total of 220
Paper total of 560
Applicants who must provide proof of English proficiency must have the Educational Testing Service (ETS) or IELTS report official scores by 5:00PM (PST) on January 1. Applicants are also encouraged to upload copies of their student score reports in the additional documents section of their electronic application.
TOEFL & IELTS scores are valid two years prior to application. Additional details on this requirement are outlined on the UCLA Graduate Division website.
TOEFL Institution Code = 4837
TOEFL Department Code = 66
The shipping address for the IELTS score report is:
UCLA Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office of Graduate Student Affairs
420 Westwood Plaza
57-127 Engineering IV
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594
Statement of Purpose
The Statement of Purpose (SOP) should be precise and brief. The statement should be no more than 2 pages and should contain only those personal details that would aid the admissions review process.
The SOP is also used to match admitted students with assigned advisors. All applicants are encouraged to be as specific as possible in their SOP. General descriptions such as “Electrical Engineering” are not specific enough. Indicating what branch of Electrical Engineering (such as communications, signal processing, controls, etc.) interests you is much more helpful in the review and advisor matching process.
Please note: No updates of the SOP are accepted. All applicants are encouraged to double-check all aspects of their application before submitting. The document included in the application is the ONLY one accepted by the department.
A Resume/CV is required from all applicants. Please upload the Resume/CV onto the “Supporting Documents” section of the application.
Please note: No updates of the Resume/CV are accepted. All applicants are encouraged to double-check all aspects of their application before submitting. The document included in the application is the ONLY one accepted by the department.
The writing sample is part of the University application. It is not required by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. However, if a writing sample is submitted as part of the application, it will be available for the review committee’s consideration and may be used as part of the evaluation. No updates of the writing sample will be accepted. All applicants are encouraged to double-check all aspects of their application before submitting.
Application for Departmental Funding
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department does not have a separate application for departmental funding. All admitted students are considered for departmental funding.
TA positions are reserved for students in their 2nd+ year in our program. Therefore, first year applicants are not eligible for TA positions.
Each faculty member determines which students (both those recommended for admission by the admissions committee, and current ECE Graduate students) will be offered GSR positions in his/her lab.
More Funding Information is located by using the link on the left.
Personal History Statement
The personal history statement is part of the University application. It is not required by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. However, if a personal history statement is submitted as part of the application, it will be available for the review committee’s consideration and may be used as part of the evaluation. No updates of the personal history statement will be accepted. All applicants are encouraged to double-check all aspects of their application before submitting.
As of July 1, 2017, the Electrical Engineering Department has been renamed the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
After two years of planning, in July of 2017, the department was re-named to Electrical and Computer Engineering to better reflect the full scope of the discipline. As part of this change, a new undergraduate major was introduced. In addition to traditional coursework in computer hardware and software, this program allows students to focus on emerging technology such as the internet of things, robotic systems, and mobile/wearable/implantable computing devices.
Computer Engineering majors will take courses in both the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science departments, which will jointly administer the degree. As part of a capstone project to be completed over two consecutive academic quarters, students will work in teams to build a connected system of their own design, with all required elements including fabricated hardware, task-specific software, sensors, and controls.