Apply to the Graduate Program

We welcome your interest in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Program (ECEGP) at University of California, Davis. We accept applications for full-time study towards the degrees of M.S. and Ph.D. This website highlights requirements for admission, describes the faculty and their research in our department, and gives information on the campus and the City of Davis. If you have additional questions about our department or our graduate program, you can contact the Graduate Coordinator by email at or by telephone at (530) 752-8251.

General Admission Requirements

Admission to the UCD 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. Entering students normally are expected to have completed the B.S. degree requirements with at least a 3.5/4.0 grade-point average 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 a 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. A MS student may continue for the Ph.D. if approval is obtained.

For admission into either program (M.S. or Ph.D.), please follow the instructions on the Application Procedure page.

Please refer to the Application FAQs page for frequently asked questions about graduate admissions.

Important Deadlines

  • Priority 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).
  • General Deadline: April 15:
    The Applications are accepted until this deadline, but financial support is not guaranteed.
  • Space Available: May 31:
    The Applications are accepted until this deadline if space is available, but financial support is not guaranteed.

Contact Information:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
2064A Kemper Hall
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616

Fax: (530) 752-8428

Priority Application & Fellowship Deadline: January 15