General Application Information

When can I apply?

Online application for Fall 2021 is available starting September 1, 2020, and will be open until January 15, 2021.  Apply here.

To be fully considered for admission and financial support, applicants need to submit their complete application by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. PST, January 15, for Fall 2021 admissions. 

Am I able apply for a different quarter other than Fall?

No. EECS only admits students in Fall. We do not offer admission for Winter or Spring.

What materials do I need to submit by the deadline?

Use the following list as a guideline of requirements for a complete application:

  • Online Application for Graduate Admissions — Completed online. Apply here.
  • Application Fee — You can pay by Visa or MasterCard credit card. Checks are not accepted for payment of the application fee.
  • Statement Of Purpose — Completed in online application
  • Personal History Statement- Completed in online application
  • GRE Score- must be sent by ETS to UCI, school code 4859
  • TOEFL Score (this only applies to international applicants) — (Minimum overall TOEFL score should be 80 or higher)
    • Please allow at least 2 weeks submission time for your scores to be received and processed by UCI
    • TOEFL (US citizens are not required to take the TOEFL exam) TOEFL scores must be submitted electronically from ETS and sent to our UCI Graduate Division (institution code 4859. NO department code needed).
  • As an alternative to the TOEFL, you may submit scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  
    • The IELTS (overall minimum score of 7 and no scores less than 6 on any individual module). Test scores must be sent electronically using the IELTS system.  All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.
    • Please allow at least 2 weeks submission time for your scores to be received and processed by UCI
  • Transcript(s): For application review purposes only, scan and upload copies of transcripts for all institutions attended since high school. In the online application, you will be prompted to upload your scanned documents. Please upload both the front and back sides of the transcript. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend. UCI reserves the right to require official transcripts at any time during the admission process, and rescind any offer of admission made if discrepancies between uploaded and official transcript(s) are found. Official transcripts will be requested if and when you are admitted and decide to attend UCI. Do not send official transcripts until this time, unless you are requested to do so.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s) — must be done online

I would like to make a change to my online application, but I have already submitted it. What should I do?

After submission, your application cannot be changed by you, depatment staff or the Graduate Division staff.

What is the difference between "The Statement of Purpose" and "Personal History"?

The "Statement of Purpose" should focus on your academic/research background and interests. The "Personal History Statement"  essay should focus on your personal background and any challenges or obstacles you may have encountered in your academic journey and how you overcame them

I sent my recommender an electronic invitation to submit a letter of recommendation, but they did not receive it. What should I do?

It is possible that your recommender has restrictive filtering of their e-mail. They will have to allow the Webmaster e-mail address or look in their junk/spam email folder to see if the e-mail is there. You may wish to go to Application Progress Review to request that the e-mail be sent to your recommender again.

I was not notified of that I was missing required documents (ex: transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation). What should I do?

As a reminder, the department does not notify applicants of missing documents. It is the responsibility of the applicant to review the checklist on their application status page to confirm all documents are received

If you have any further questions that may not have been answered from this page, please visit UCI's Graduate Division FAQ page