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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Merced is for students ready to engage in cutting-edge research that crosses disciplines. Our faculty and students actively seek to uncover new knowledge in related areas covering everything from robotics and mechatronics to computational neuroscience and animation.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Probability and Stochastic Processes
  •  Digital Image Processing
  •  Parallel Computing
  •  Advanced Topics in Computer Systems
  •  Embedded Computer Systems
  •  Optimization
  •  Networking of Embedded Sensor Systems
  •  Cloud Computing
  •  Computational Geometry
  •  Computer Graphics
  •  Robot Algorithms
  •  Theory of Computation
  •  Program Verification and Model Checking
  •  Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
  •  Computer Vision
  •  Matrix Computation
  •  Machine Learning
  •  Database Systems Implementation
  •  Approximation Algorithms
  •  Advanced Topics in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
  •  Advanced Topics in Robotics
  •  Advanced Topics in Machine Learning
  •  Advanced Topics in Intelligent Systems
  •  Big Data Systems and Analytics
  •  Advanced Topics in Motion Planning
  •  Advanced Topics in Computer Vision
  •  Computer Animation and Simulation
  •  Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Seminar
  •  Cognitive Science Graduate Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

In addition to campuswide criteria, the EECS Admission Committee evaluates applicants’ backgrounds in computer science and electrical engineering. The successful applicant is supposed to demonstrate an adequate preparation in numerous areas, including, but not limited to, computer architecture; operating systems; computer networks; programming languages; data structures and algorithms; mathematics (linear algebra, differential equations, numerical methods, probability and statistics); systems and signals; circuit design; control theory; and communications. An applicant to EECS can be granted conditional admission pending remedial classes that would allow the student to take EECS graduate classes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    64351 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 64351 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    64351 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 64351 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    35359 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35359 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Merced

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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