Incoming Students

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this Fall 2017! This page will provide you with more information as to what steps you should complete between now and after you arrive on campus. If you have questions or would like to request clarification, please contact us at gradengr@uci.edu and we would be happy to assist you:

Sincerely,
Engineering Graduate Student Affairs Office (GSAO)

General List: Things to Do After You've Been Admitted

  1. Consult the appropriate (domestic or international student) Graduate Division Pre-Arrival and Post-Arrival Action Item checklists: http://www.grad.uci.edu/new-students/index.html
  2. Begin checking your UCI email account via UCI Google Apps Gmail as important information will be sent there.  Please note that you may not have access to your email account until sometime in July.
  3. International students who need an F-1 or J-1 Visa should complete the I-20/DS-2019 Request for New Graduate Students and submit it to the department.
  4. If applicable, meet the conditions of your provisional admissions (as stated on your "Congratulations to UCI" email message).
  5. Enroll in classes (see below for more information about enrolling in units) starting June 12th.
  6. Pay fees (see below for more information on fee payment). Students can log in to their ZotBill account to see their balance and pay their fees. Learn about Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHIP) and the requirements to waive it (if applicable).
  7. Notify the Graduate Division at GradAdmissionQuestions@uci.edu of an address change prior to the third week of classes.
  8. International students only: Attend the International Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (Strongly Recommended). For more information, please visit: http://www.grad.uci.edu/services/campuswide-orientation/internation-orientation.html
  9. Attend the Campuswide New Graduate Student Orientation on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (Mandatory). For more information, please visit: http://www.grad.uci.edu/services/campuswide-orientation/grad-orientation.html
  1. Attend the Engineering Departmental New Graduate Student Orientation dates vary (Mandatory). Additional information will be sent during the summer months.


More information on enrolling in classes and paying fees for Fall 2017

Important Dates
June 12, 2017 - Enrollment Period Begins
September 15, 2017 - Deadline to enroll and pay fees on-time. Students will be charged a $50 late fee if they neglect to register and pay fees by this date.

Fee Payment
A breakdown of FULL-TIME and PART-TIME graduate student fees will be posted once finalized at http://www.reg.uci.edu/fees/ in the next month.

Enrolling in Units
FULL-TIME students should enroll in 12 or more units per quarter (maximum 16 units).

PART-TIME students should enroll in 1 to 8 units only per quarter. Please note that only domestic MS students are eligible for part-time study. All students wishing to be on Part-time status for Fall 2017 will need to submit a Reduced Fee Part-Time Study Program form (found at http://www.grad.uci.edu/forms/) to their departmental coordinator. The form is due to Graduate Division by Wednesday of Week 3 by Noon.

ENROLLING is a two-step process: 
1) Students will use WebSOC to look up what courses are offered for the Fall 2017 quarter.
2) Students will then complete the registration for those courses using WebReg (click on the yellow "Access WebReg" link on the right-hand side).

When students are choosing courses to take for the upcoming quarter, it is important that they consult: 1) WebSOC for availability of courses, 2) Their MS or PhD requirements (see below), 3) Their faculty advisor (if entering with an official research advisor - otherwise, if applicable, students will begin consulting their thesis or doctoral research advisor after matching at a later date), 4) Contact the Graduate Student Affairs Office (GSAO) or departmental Graduate Coordinator or Graduate Advisor with any questions (see below).

Course Numbering System
UCI uses the following numbering system for its courses:

0-99: Lower-Division Undergraduate Courses
Note: Some students with non-Engineering backgrounds take 1-2 as background courses, however these courses cannot be applied to MS or PhD degree progress.

100-195:  Upper-Division Undergraduate Courses
Note: Only upper division undergraduate courses (100-189) have the potential to count toward your MS degree requirements so students should check with the appropriate Graduate Advisor for approval. You will be restricted from enrolling in undergraduate courses using WebReg. As such, if you would like to enroll in an Engineering undergraduate course during any quarter of the academic year, please contact the professor of the Engineering course, stating that you are a graduate student wishing to enroll in their undergraduate course and asking whether or not they approve of this request. If the professor approves, forward the email to the Curriculum Office at engcasa@uci.edu for authorization to enroll in the course.

196-199: Upper-Division Undergraduate Research Units
Note: These courses cannot be applied to MS or PhD degree progress.

200-291: Graduate-Level Coursework

292-299: Graduate-Level Seminars and Research
Note: The majority of your MS and PhD work will be comprised of units numbered 200-299. Please see the plans of study below and the UCI General Catalogue for further details on individual department/program requirements.

MS or PhD requirements

MS - For those students entering as terminal MS students or as PhD students who need to earn an MS degree, you will need to complete the degree requirements for an MS in the appropriate field of study. As such, when choosing units each quarter, students will want to 1) Follow the 2017-2018 Plan of Study in their major area, 2) Consult the 2017-2018 UCI General Catalogue for any additional information on unit or course number requirements, and 3) Consult the 2017-2018 Tentative Engineering Teaching Plan. Please note that some of these resources will not be updated until late July.

PhD
- For those students entering the PhD program having already completed a MS degree, you will follow the requirements for the PhD degree only in their major area. Some programs have course requirements students must meet, while others have no mandated course requirements. All PhD programs have milestones students must meet at specific times, such as the Preliminary Examination, the Qualifying Examination, and the Doctoral Defense and Dissertation. As such, when choosing units each quarter, students will want to 1) Consult the 2017-2018 UCI General Catalogue for any additional information on unit or course number requirements, 2) Consult the preliminary examination information for your major to see if there are any courses you need to take prior to taking the exam, 3) Consult their faculty research advisor (if matched already) to discuss any other courses that might be applicable to their research topic, and 4) Consult the 2017-2018 Tentative Engineering Teaching Plan. Please note that some of these resources will not be updated until late July.

Contact Information
To find contact information for the Graduate Student Affairs Office, please visit their staff website at http://www.eng.uci.edu/grad/staff. You can also find information about the Graduate Advisors & Coordinators at http://engineering.uci.edu/current/graduate/advisors-and-coordinators