Application Deadline

Application Period for Fall 2021: October 1, 2020 – February 15, 2021

Application Process

The application process is centralized at the university and requires TWO steps as described below:

  1. Apply Online at Cal State Apply(Application Period for Fall 2021: October 1, 2020 – February 15, 2021) For some tips on how to complete the application, visit our Application Tips webpage.
  2. Submit official academic records/transcripts to the Admissions Office within three weeks of university application submission. 
  • As of the Fall 2021 application cycle, unofficial academic transcripts must be uploaded as part of the Cal State Apply application. Please plan to have them readily available at the time of university admission application submission. For Fall admission, transcripts should include coursework completed through the preceding fall term (usually ending in December). For Spring admission, transcripts should include coursework completed through the preceding summer term (usually ending in August). 
  • Be aware: If you are a current (or former) Cal State LA student, the Cal State LA transcript does not need to be submitted to the Admissions Office.
  • If you have studied at an institution outside of the US, you will need to have your foreign academic work translated to English if applicable and submitted to the Office of Admissions for evaluation.
  • If you do not possess a Bachelor's (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary college/university where English is the only language of instruction, you will need to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test scores to the Cal State LA Admissions Office. Be aware, scores are only valid for two years from the exam date.

More Information about the Graduate Admission

Application FAQs

  1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score is NOT required (for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program). However, the GRE score can be considered in the admission process and can also exempt graduate students from Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) UNIV 4000 if they have a score of 4 on the analytic writing portion of the GRE or GMAT. (For more information please visit the following website: WPE)
  2. Letters of Recommendation are NOT required (except upon department request for certain circumstances).
  3. Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or better. A promising applicant with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted as a special action student.
  4. A statement of purpose is highly recommended for the admission committee to know your motivation and related experiences in the field of graduate study. 
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for students who do not possess a bachelor's degree from an institution where English is the principal language of instruction. A score of 80 iBT or higher is required. (For additional information please visit the following website: Language Proficiency Requirement)
  6. Often, there are teaching or research assistantships offered through the ECE department. But these opportunities are typically open for the graduate students who have shown success in the course work in the EE, M.S. program at CSULA.
  7. The Department has extensive connections to the surrounding industry. The faculty frequently recommend students to internship/job opportunities tightly related to the discipline of the EE, M.S. program. 
  8. Refer to the Center for Financial Aid for financial assistance available from federal, state, and institutional sources at Cal State LA.
  9. Go to the Student Handbook for more information about the graduate program at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
  10. Go to the Graduate Application and Admission page for more detailed information about the university graduate admission.
  11. You may contact the Department Chair, Dr. Charles Liu, at [email protected] for any other question. 

After Admission FAQs

  1. Note that the applicants who meet all the University requirements are admitted in one of the four following categories: Graduate Classified, Graduate Conditionally Classified, Post-Baccalaureate Classified and Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified.  (For more information please visit the following website: Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements). The conditional classification does not entail taking additional courses beyond the 30 unit requirement unless your major was not in Electrical Engineering and/or you are missing prerequisites for courses on your program.
  2. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will conduct advisement/orientation sessions for new incoming graduate students to set up a study plan and determine which prerequisite courses must be taken prior to beginning any courses for their graduate program. (Advisement/orientation date for new incoming graduate students for Spring 2021 semester will be posted prior to the beginning of spring)

For questions regarding EE, M.S. Program Graduate Admissions, contact us: [email protected]