Fall 2020 Admissions

Note: Applications for Fall 2019 are now closed. 

Application Period 

All prospective students must complete the Online Application for UCI Graduate Admissions, available early September 2019 for Fall 2020 admissions.  

All applicants are encouraged to submit complete applications by December 15, 2019.  

If you are an international applicant who wishes to submit an application after December 15, please contact mswe@ics.uci.edu first. 

Domestic applicants may submit applications through March 15, 2020.  

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for admission to the MSWE program:

  • Bachelor’s degree (in any field) or equivalent

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

  • Knowledge of data structures, such as lists, arrays, trees, and associative arrays

  • Proficiency in two general-purpose programming languages. It does not matter which ones.  Projects in MSWE courses involve several programming languages, with Python and Java dominating at the moment.

Applicants must provide the following:

  • Online Application for UCI Graduate Admissions and Application Fee ($120 for domestic students, $140 for international students)

    • The online application includes the following components: 

      • Statement of Purpose

        • A statement of your personal, academic, and professional goals, as well as why and how the MSWE program will help you to achieve these goals. 

      • Personal History Statement 

        • Your personal history describing circumstances that have contributed to your successes and/or challenges encountered during your academic and/or professional career. 

      • Supplemental Question

        • Describe your past experiences with software engineering and programming that you have produced, including your role, the complexity, and language. 

      • Unofficial Transcripts 

        • Scan and upload the front and back of unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended after high school. Uploaded transcripts should be recent and include the following: your name, dates of attendance, grades/marks received, credits and grading legend. 

        • Note: Official transcripts will be requested if you are admitted and accept our offer of admission. Do not send official transcripts until this time.

      • Official Test Scores

        • The GRE General Test is required of ALL applicants.

          • Official test scores should be sent at time of exam to avoid delays from the testing agency to UC Irvine (Institution Code 4859).  

          • Photocopies or scans will not be accepted.

          • GRE scores are valid for five years, after which time the exam must be retaken.

        • If applicable, select ONE test of English language proficiency.  For complete information, including minimum scores, waivers, and how to submit official test scores, please visit Graduate Division’s English Proficiency webpage.   

          • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 

          • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

      • Three Letters of Recommendation

        • A minimum of three letters of recommendation from people who can evaluate your academic and professional achievements, describe your strengths and weaknesses, and comment on your character, integrity, and motivation. Letters which speak to your ability to perform in a post-graduate academic program are especially useful.  Letters may be from professors, work/internship supervisors, or others as appropriate. Family members are not allowed.

          • For additional instructions, please visit this page

Please visit the Applying to UCI and Frequently Asked Questions pages for complete application information and answers to common questions.


Ensure you are applying to the correct program!

Select “Master of Software Engineering” from the drop-down menu on the online application.  You must submit a separate application for each program you are interested in. We cannot transfer applications if you apply to the wrong program.

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