Additional Required Material to be Submitted with the Application for Admission for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
NOTE: Information for International Students is slightly different from that given below. If you are an International Student please click here)
For US citizens or permanent residents, the required documents listed below are considered as material supporting your application, and are mandatory. All supporting material is submitted electronically at the same time that you submit the online application, with the exception of transcripts and GRE scores (see below).
All applicants are required to submit one copy of official records from all academic institutions from which you earned a bachelors degree (or higher) and any institution at which graduate level coursework was taken. "Official records" 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. However, do not send the original of an academic record which cannot be replaced; obtain a properly certified copy instead. If you have attended more than one institution, separate official records should be submitted for each institution.
You may send these yourself, or have the institution send them directly to the UCLA Electrical Engineering Department, to the following address:
The GRE is a standardized test that is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in test centers around the world. This test is an essential component of your application and is used by the Admissions Committee as one criterion of comparison with other applicants. There is no minimum GRE score.
GRE scores on the General (Aptitude) test are required for admission to both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission. All students applying for Fall admission are recommended to take the GRE test no later than November 1. Arrange to have the Educational Testing Service forward the scores to our department. The GRE codes for the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science Electrical Engineering Department are:
Institution Code = 4837
Department Code = 1203
These code numbers must be listed in order for your scores to be routed to our department by the ETS.
For complete information about the GRE, including policies, procedures, test dates, and fees, see the GRE website.
Reminder: The Electrical Engineering Department accepts applications only for the Fall Quarter of any given school year. If you wish to be considered, you are strongly advised to take the GRE no later than the previous November. If you take the GRE later than November, you run the risk that your GRE results may arrive too late. (Test scores must arrive by January 15 - Application must be submitted by December 15).
The online Application Form includes a section in which you must upload your "statement of purpose". In other words, you will be required to describe exactly what you wish to study. This statement should be precise and brief (no more than 2 pages in length). It should not be a personal life history; it should contain only such personal details as will aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your application.
Your statement of purpose is a means of helping us match your academic and research interests with those of our faculty. This is very important if you are applying for financial support. Be sure to describe exactly what you wish to study at UCLA -- "Electrical Engineering", for example, is not specific enough. State what area of Electrical Engineering interests you, e.g., communications, signal processing, controls, etc.
The UCLA EE Department requires three (3) letters of recommendation. When submitting your online application, you will be required to simply list one email address for each recommender. That is all you have to do regarding the letters of recommendation. The Electrical Engineering Department prefers letters that are provided by faculty. Faculty are best able to determine your academic ability. At least two (2) letters must come from former faculty members. The third letter may be from a work supervisor if the applicant prefers; However, it is the department's preference that the third letter also be from former faculty.
After you have submitted these email addresses, each recommender will be contacted by UCLA, and they will then submit their letters of recommendation using a secure interface. Students may activate reminders to be sent to their recommenders using the application website.
NO hard copies of letters of recommendation are required or accepted. The EE Department does not accept letters of recommendation provided through any other service. Only recommendations submitted through the UCLA letter of recommendation interface will be accepted.