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Application Requirements

Item
Required? Deadline
Online Application
YES 12-Midnight (PST) on December 1
4-year Bachelor's degree or Equivalent Transcript
YES 5pm (PST) on January 1
Master's degree or Graduate Coursework Transcript
YES - if taken
5pm (PST) on January 1
GRE YES 5pm (PST) on January 1
3 Recommendation Letters
YES January 1
TOEFL/IELTS Any applicant whose bachelor's degree was earned outside of the United States (or in another country in which English is: the national language, primary spoken language and medium of instruction) is required to provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores.
January 1
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
YES December 1 - submitted as part of the application
Resume/CV NO If submitted - December 1 - and must be uploaded as part of the application
Writing Sample
NO If submitted - December 1 - and must be uploaded as part of the application
Application for Departmental Funding or Proof of Funding
NO The UCLA Graduate Division has information on funding opportunities online.

 

Online Application

              

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 1st.  All applications must be paid and submitted by midnight (PST) on December 1 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.

 

Bachelor’s Degree

 

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.  However, one official copy of the transcript must be mailed to the UCLA EE Office of Graduate Student Affairs.  Official transcripts are defined as original documents issued by the institution which bear the actual signature of the Registrar - not a photocopy -  and the seal of the issuing institution.  Applicants should NOT send the original academic record that cannot be replaced.

In addition to the official transcript in English, those who have studied at a university in countries where English is not the national language, must also submit official (or university attested) copies of the transcript in the original language, degree certificates in English and original language, rank certificates in both languages (if available), and mark sheets (for applicants from India).  More detail on required academic documents for international students is located on the UCLA Graduate Division’s website.

Official records must be received by the EE Office of Graduate Student Affairs by 5:00PM (PST) on January 1.  The shipping address for these documents is:

 

UCLA Electrical Engineering

Office of Graduate Student Affairs 

420 Westwood Plaza

57-127 Engineering IV

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594

U.S.A

ATTN: Admissions Coordinator

 

Master’s Degree or Graduate Coursework

 

Applicants who have completed any graduate-level coursework, must provide official records from the institution(s) where the coursework was taken.  Applicants who hold a master’s degree are expected to apply directly to the PhD program.  In addition to uploading a copy of the bachelor’s degree transcript, applicants who have taken graduate coursework must also upload a copy of their graduate transcript(s) as part of their electronic application.  However, one official copy of the transcript must be mailed to the UCLA EE Office of Graduate Student Affairs.  Official transcripts are defined as original documents issued by the institution which bear the actual signature of the Registrar - not a photocopy -  and the seal of the issuing institution.  Applicants should NOT send the original academic record that cannot be replaced. 

In addition to the official transcript in English, those who have studied at a university in countries where English is not the national language, must also submit official (or university attested) copies of the transcript in the original language, degree certificates in English and original language, rank certificates in both languages (if available), and mark sheets (for applicants from India).  More detail on required academic documents for international students is located on the Graduate Division’s website

Official records must be received by the EE Office of Graduate Student Affairs by 5:00PM (PST) on January 1.  The shipping address for these documents is:

 

UCLA Electrical Engineering

Office of Graduate Student Affairs 

420 Westwood Plaza

57-127 Engineering IV

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594

U.S.A

 

GRE

 

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. 

 

Recommendation Letters

 

All applicants must provide the name and email address for 3 individuals who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation.  When completing the online application, there is an option to select the recommendation letter type.  Applicants for our program must select “Electrical Engineering Recommendation Letter” as the type. 

The Electrical 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 Engineering Department. 

 

TOEFL/IELTS

 

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 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.

 

Resume/CV

 

While a resume/CV is not required, the review committee  finds it very beneficial to be included in an applicant’s 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.

 

Writing Sample

 

The writing sample is part of the University application.  It is not required by the Electrical 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 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 EE Graduate students) will be offered GSR positions in his/her lab.

More Funding Information is located by using the link on the left. 

 

Proof of Funding for International Students

 

Proof of Funding is not considered in the review for admission.  However, admitted, international students must provide proof of funding in order to receive the I-20 or DS-2019 required for their visa application with the U.S Embassy or Consulate. 

Admitted, F-1 students who have completed the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) will receive an email with instructions on how to request the I-20 online.  Once the I-20 is generated, it will be released to the Electrical Engineering Department Office of Graduate Student Affairs (EE OGSA).  The EE OGSA staff will then email the student with a pdf scan of the document and additional shipping information. 

Admitted students seeking J-1 status must coordinate with the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) and the EE OGSA in order to verify that all necessary paperwork is processed for the DS-2019.

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