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Important Application Information for Prospective Graduate Students

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Priority Application & Prospective Student Fellowship Deadline: January 5

Admission to the UC Davis ECE graduate program (ECEGP) is competitive. Successful applicants in recent years have an average undergraduate GPA above 3.5 (out of 4.0) and average GRE scores of 770 (161 on the new exam) quantitative, 490 (152 on the new exam) verbal and 4.0 analytical. Please note that the GRE requirement is waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle. Entering students normally are expected to have completed the B.S. degree requirements with at least a 3.5/4.0 GPA in upper-division technical courses and 3.5/4.0 in graduate courses for those who have completed the MS degree. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, with emphasis placed on the promise of success in graduate studies and research, as judged by the students’ previous research experience, college record, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.

Diversity is a core component of excellence in ECEGP. We believe the demographic profile of UC students and scholars generally should reflect the gender, racial and ethnic profile of the pools from which we recruit and selects students.

A student applies for admission for either an M.S. or a Ph.D. Applicants intending to pursue a Ph.D. degree should apply directly to this program, even if an M.S. degree has not yet been obtained. When accepted into the Ph.D. program, the student may plan his or her program so as to obtain both degrees, if desired. An M.S. student may continue for the Ph.D. if approval is obtained.

For admission into either program (M.S. or Ph.D.), please follow our application requirements.

Please refer to our frequently asked questions for additional information.

Important Deadlines

  • General Deadline: January 15:
    To be considered for financial support, all application materials (including online application, recommendation letters, transcripts, GRE/TOEFL scores) must be submitted before this deadline. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Please note that the GRE requirement is waived for the 2020-2021 admission cycle.
  • Space Available Deadline: June 1:
    Permitting available space, applications without financial support are accepted until this deadline.