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M.S. in Computer Engineering

USA

What will I learn?

Students must be in residence at least one year and complete a minimum of 44 quarters units of graduate and upper division under- graduate courses in or related to the major subject area. Students who have completed similar courses elsewhere may petition for waiver of a required course or for substitution of an alternative course. For students interested in interdisciplinary research, individual study programs can be approved. The normative time for the completion of the M.S. in Computer Engineering is two years.

Core Requirement (12 units). Three courses from the list of core courses below, with no grade lower than B-.

CS 201 or CS 202, CS 203, CS 220, EE 213, CS 217/EE 217, CS 251/EE 255

Technical Electives (16 units). Choose four from Computer Science or Electrical Engineering 200-level courses. Seminar courses (CS 260 and CS 270-level courses, EE 260-level courses), as well as CS 290, CS 297, CS 299 and EE 290, EE 297 and EE 299 may not be used.

Additional Credits (16 units). This category may be satisfied by a combination of the choices below:

Additional graduate technical electives as described under (2.) above;

Up to three of the undergraduate technical electives below to satisfy additional credits;

CS 105, CS 111, CS 120B, CS 122A, CS 122B, CS 130, CS 141, CS 150, CS 152, CS160, CS 161L, CS 162, CS 164, CS 165, CS 166, CS 168, CS 169, CS 170, CS 171, CS 172, CS 177, CS 179 (E-Z), CS 180, CS 181, CS 183, CS 193, EE 100B, EE 105, EE 115, EE 120B, EE 123, EE 128, EE 132, EE 133, EE 135, EE 141, EE 144, EE 146, EE 150, EE 151, EE 152, EE 165, EE 175A, EE 175B, ENGR 160; or

Up to two seminar classes (CS260, EE260 or similar classes);

With the pre-approval of the graduate advisor, any relevant 200-level courses from other departments in Engineering or outside. If pre-approval is not obtained, there is no guarantee that a class will be deemed relevant.

Professional Development Requirement, Colloquium (1 unit).

Satisfactory completion of one quarter of CS 287 (Colloquium in Computer Science) or EE 259 (Colloquium in Electrical Engineering) in one distinct quarter.

Comprehensive Examination Option. In addition to the course requirements above, students must pass a comprehensive examination administered by the Computer Engineering Program.

Project Option. Students may replace up to 4 units of courses listed under “Additional Credits” with 4 units of directed research (CS 297, EE 297) and/ or directed studies (CS 290, EE 290). Units obtained in graduate research for the thesis or dissertation (CS 299, EE 299) may not be used to satisfy any course requirements under this option. Students must complete a research project under the guidance of a faculty member. The project will be approved by a committee of at least two faculty members, at least one of whom is a faculty member in the Computer Engineering program, and requires a presentation and written report.

Thesis Option. Students may replace up to 8 units of courses listed under “Additional Credits” with 8 units of graduate research for the thesis or dissertation (CS 299, EE 299). Units obtained in directed research or directed studies (CS 290, CS 297, EE 290, EE 297) may not be used to satisfy any course requirements under this option. Students must submit a master’s thesis in accordance with the general requirements of the university. The thesis is original research work, and it should demonstrate the student’s ability to study a research area, identify an open problem and make a research contribution. The thesis requires a presentation and must be approved by a committee of at least three faculty members.

Which department am I in?

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,287.86 per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering

446 Winston Chung Hall,

900 University Avenue,

RIVERSIDE,

California,

92521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered by the University of California. A minimum 3.20 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate or graduate coursework. Admission may be justified if you have a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19, if you have a high GRE score and/or strong academic letters of recommendation. If your GPA is below 3.0, you are ineligible.

For international students

A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by the University of California.

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.

English Language Requirement: TOEFL - The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT; IELTS - The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component.

March 1: General admission deadline for international applicants

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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