CSE New Graduate Student Orientation


We will be hosting a mandatory virtual orientation for all incoming CSE graduate students on Tuesday, September 21st. Please watch for emails from the CSE Graduate Advising Team in your UCSC email inbox for more details. All incoming graduate students are also expected to participate in the Graduate Division's New Student Orientation on Wednesday, September 22nd. An itinerary for the virtual orientation is available on the Graduate Division's website.


Information & Resources for New Fall 2021 Students

Why Computer Science and Engineering?

Computer scientists and engineers study the design and architecture of digital systems, their properties, and their application. Computing is the field that is most strongly influencing the societal, industrial, and technological advances of this century, bringing a revolution spanning from what humans can do (via information technology, data science, e-commerce, and more) to how they communicate (the web, social networks, mobile devices, and virtual/augmented reality). 

The Computer Science and Engineering department at UC Santa Cruz spans multiple areas of research including algorithms, logic, and complexity; computer hardware, including architecture, VLSI (chip design), FPGAs, and design automation; computer security and privacy; cyber-physical systems; distributed systems; database systems; machine learning and artificial intelligence; natural language processing; networks; pervasive computing and human-computer interaction; programming languages; robotics; social computing; storage systems; and visual computing, including computer vision, visualization, and graphics. Computing at UC Santa Cruz has already attained a very high level of international recognition. With its proximity to Silicon Valley and its outstanding research, UCSC is a leader in computing research and education. Questions regarding the graduate programs in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering can be directed to the Graduate Advisor.

Application Deadline for the CSE PhD program: January 10th, 2022

Application Deadline for the CSE MS program: January 24th, 2022

NOTE: GRE scores are no longer required for admission consideration for the CSE MS or the CSE PhD programs. You are welcome to submit your official scores, but please note the inclusion of your official GRE scores will not be a deciding factor for admission.