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Computer Science and Engineering


Graduate Admissions


Graduate Admission

Admission to the Computer Science graduate program is open to domestic and international students with a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution. We offer programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Instruction and opportunity for research exist in a variety of areas, including algorithms, bioinformatics, high performance computing, graphics, architecture, compiler, embedded systems, programming languages, software engineering, cybersecurity, databases, data mining, artificial intelligence, systems and networks.

Program Deadlines – Fall 2017

January 5    Admission deadline for fellowship consideration (for Ph.D. applicants)
   March 1    General admission deadline for international applicants
      May 1    General admission deadline for domestic applicants

Applications accepted in fall quarter only. Admission not open for winter or spring quarters.

Admission Criteria

Our department is seeking candidates who can contribute to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, and/or professional practice. Admission offers are based on a number of factors, including the academic degrees and record, statement of purpose, personal history statement, letters of recommendation, test scores and relevant experience. The appropriateness of your goals to the degree program to which you are applying and their relationship to the research interests of its faculty are also considered. In general, a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of upper division undergraduate work is desirable and applicants with a master’s degree are expected to have a GPA of 3.5 or above.

Academic Background Requirement

The department welcomes promising students from all disciplines. However, entering students (with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or mathematics are preferred) must have a substantial background in both mathematics and computer science. We consider knowledge in the areas of circuit design, algorithms and data structures, formal languages and automata theory, computer architecture, operating systems, programming languages, and compilers to be essential preparation for our graduate program. Therefore, applicants are expected to demonstrate competence in the content of the following courses or equivalent courses taken in another institution.

  • CS 141  Intermediate Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CS 150  The Theory of Automata and Formal Languages
  • CS 152  Compiler Design
  • CS 153  Design of Operating Systems
  • CS 161/161L  Design and Architecture of Computer Systems

Please refer to the online catalog (www.catalog.ucr.edu) for course descriptions. Please note that these prerequisite courses may not be taken for graduate credit in any area. A student who is deficient in any of these competency areas may be asked to complete the corresponding UCR course with a letter grade of at least B+. All such remedial work should be completed prior to applying to the program. In special cases we may allow an applicant to be admitted without all of these prerequisite courses completed; in this case the missing prerequisites must be completed within the first year of graduate study, and in all cases the deficiency must be corrected before a student can enroll in any graduate course from the same specialty area.

Basic Degree Requirements

Your degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent, both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement, to that offered at the University of California. Although we welcome promising students from all disciplines, entering students must have a substantial background in both mathematics and computer science. We consider knowledge of the following subjects to be essential preparation for our graduate program: circuit design, algorithms and data structures, formal languages and automata theory, computer architecture, operating systems, programming languages, and compilers. 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.

Duplication of Degree

Permission to work for a second M.S. degree in a new area may be approved on the individual merit of the application when there is little or no relationship between the two subjects. Duplication of a M.S. degree in computer science is not permitted, and duplication of a doctorate is not permitted, regardless of the field of study.

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How to Apply

       1.      Application
                Complete the Online Application for graduate admission

       2.      Application Fee
                $100 for international students  (fee is non-refundable)

               Note: Application fee is waived for U.S. citizen or permanent resident applicants

       3.      Official Transcripts - must be mailed
One official copy of your transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar's Office of all academic institutions you have attended after high school, or you may request official copies and send them yourself in the original sealed envelopes to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

International applicants must submit one copy of official transcripts and Certificates of Degree/Diploma in their original language, with English translations prepared by the issuing institution. Notarized documents or copies are not accepted. Official transcripts and Certificates of Degree/Diplomas with English translations must be sent directly to the Computer Science and Engineering Department from the issuing institution, or you can mail the transcripts yourself provided they are sealed within the original envelope of the issuing institution.

Applicants who attended an institution located outside the U.S., please visit the Required Academic Records from International Institutions page for detailed document requirements.

Mail academic records (transcripts and certificate of degrees if applicable) to:

Attn: Vanda Yamaguchi
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Winston Chung Hall, Room 351
University of California
Riverside CA 92521, USA

       4.      Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Only the GRE General test is required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. It is recommended that Ph.D. applicants seeking Fall admission take the GRE test no later than November to meet the fellowship consideration deadline. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission. The minimum expected score in the old scale is 1100 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) or 300 in the new test scale.

In 2015, the average verbal GRE score of new CSE graduate students is 161, and the quantitative average is 168.

GRE UCR code: 4839
GRE Department code: 0402 Computer Sciences

Educational Testing Service (ETS) homepage is http://www.ets.org/
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. EST
Telephone: 609-771-7670

Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus. *Please note that the online application status for the GRE is updated automatically as the score is received electronically from ETS. The online application will only show a GRE score as 'received' if it has successfully transmitted electronically from ETS; this is done automatically at the Graduate Division level. If an applicant has ordered a GRE score to be sent to UCR and it is not yet reflected in the online application, ETS should be contacted to determine if all information entered by the applicant was correct (the score report may need to be sent again)

       5.        TOEFL or IELTS Scores
TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted by students whose native language is not English and who do not have a bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction. The scores cannot be more than two years old from the date of matriculation.

Minimum TOEFL score

Internet-Based (iBT)

Computer-Based (CBT)

Paper-Based (PBT)

80

213

550

Official score must be submitted directly from ETS to UCR. Request that ETS send your score electronically to UCR.

UCR code: 4839
Computer Sciences  iBT code: 78

The Educational Testing Service homepage is http://www.ets.org/
Hours: Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m
Telephone: 609-771-7100

Please allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus. The online application status for the TOEFL is updated automatically as the score is received electronically from ETS. The online application will only show a TOEFL score as 'received' if it has successfully transmitted electronically from ETS; this is done automatically at the Graduate Division level. If an applicant has ordered a TOEFL score to be sent to UCR and it is not yet reflected in the online application, ETS should be contacted to determine if all information entered by the applicant was correct (the score may need to be sent again).

Minimum IELTS score: 7 overall

The minimum overall IELTS score is 7 with score no lower than 6 on any individual component. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the official TRF to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Graduate Division
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA

For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, consult the IELTS website.

Note:  Before performing duties as a Teaching Assistant, any student whose native language is not English must pass an oral English language competency exam upon arrival at UCR. This includes not only international students but also any student whose first language is not English.

       6.      Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required for admission. At least two of these letters must be from professors in your major subject. If you have obtained a M.S. degree, one letter must be from your M.S. advisor. Recommender information are entered directly in the electronic application. All letters of recommendation must be received electronically so they are attached to the applicants file for review.

Note:  If you wish to waive your right to inspect the letters of recommendation, mark the appropriate box below the reference information. Only enrolled UCR students are permitted to inspect letters of recommendation for which they did not waive their right to access. Letters of recommendation cannot be released to the applicant and cannot be forwarded elsewhere.

All electronic letters uploaded to an application MUST be from an official, company or university affiliated e-mail address. RECOMMENDER PERSONAL E-MAIL ACCOUNTS ARE NOT PERMITTED.

       7.       Supplemental Fellowship Application
All domestic applicants are encouraged to submit the Supplementary Fellowship information form in order to be considered for all awards for which they might qualify. This optional form is for domestic applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based diversity fellowships.

       8.      International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement
International applicants can submit the complete the International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement for evaluation purpose. An electronic copy of the complete form is sufficient to evaluate your application. However, if an admission offer is made the bank letter and the International Applicant Confidential Financial Statement with original signature need to be mailed to the department.

       9.      Financial Support and Fees
Fellowship packages are offered to PhD applicants only. For multiple year fellowship package, applicants must apply by January 5.

Fellowship support is not available for International M.S. applicants. For full consideration of financial support, an application must be received by the January 5. Domestic student applications may be considered for fellowship opportunities after this deadline, pending funding availability but are encouraged to apply by this date. Non-immigrant students cannot establish California residency and should expect to pay nonresident tuition every quarter in addition to all other assessed fees. Current quarterly fees can be found at http://registrar.ucr.edu/registrar/tuition-and-fees/quarterly-fees.html. Admitted self-supported foreign students must provide the university with evidence of the ability to pay all required fees and expenses for the duration of their graduate program.

Note: Received documents cannot be returned to applicants and become property of the university.

Admissions Process

The primary objective of the admissions process is the selection of those students most likely to complete their chosen graduate programs with distinction. After consultation between the program and the Graduate Division, the final authority to admit rests with the Graduate Division Dean. Applicants are initially reviewed and rated based on their overall undergraduate and, where appropriate, post- baccalaureate GPAs. However, the evaluation process is intended to be flexible, and departments take a variety of other factors into consideration, including GRE or other test scores, GPA in the major subject, letters of recommendation, and the reputation of the degree-granting program or institution. Soon after the department forwards its recommendation to the Graduate Division, the applicant is notified in writing (first, via e-mail) of the Dean's decision. If admission is offered with work still in progress, official transcripts reflecting the satisfactory completion of this work and the awarding of the degree (where appropriate) must be submitted as soon as possible. An offer of admission is valid for a specific quarter only; admission may not be deferred to a later quarter. Accepted students who wish to be admitted for a subsequent quarter must reapply and, if additional course work has been completed, submit updated transcripts. Please note that all applicants must submit a new application and application fee if reapplying for a later quarter.

The Computer Science and Engineering master and PhD programs receive a large number of applications and meeting all admission criteria does not guarantee admission to our graduate program. Admission is offered to candidates with the highest qualifications. UCR views as a high priority the enrollment of men and women from different backgrounds and from different demographic and ethnic groups.

For additional information, please check the Graduate Division website at http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admissions.html

 


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