University of california  los angeles  california   united states
US News Ranking 16
Qsranking 23
Timesranking 13

Brief background: 

Started in 1919, University of California – Los Angeles or UCLA is a public research university. The University was ranked 31st in the world by QS World University Rankings in 2016-2017. Its programs in English language and literature, linguistics, Geography, Modern Languages, Biological Sciences, Electrical and electronic engineering, Psychology, Medicine, Chemistry, Communication and media studies, Mathematics, Education and training, Archaeology, Anthropology, Life sciences, Arts and humanities, and medicine consistently rank among the top ten in the world. A very noteworthy fact is that the University has had at least one Olympic Gold medal every Olympics since 1920. 

Its engineering school, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, offers undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D. programs in 10 areas. UCLA also offers an Engineering Online Program for working professionals. 


Located in Los Angeles, UCLA campus is spread over 420 acres and is home to 163 majestic buildings. The library system of the University has over 8 million volumes. UCLA also has 10 research centers and institutes such as the Center for Cell Control, Wireless Health Institute, and others. It also has state-of-the-art research centers, laboratories, and other features. 

Residing Options:

UCLA offers its students on-campus accommodation and has some excellent residences for this. However, living on-campus is slightly expensive and thus many students prefer to live off-campus in nearby areas. It should be remembered that Los Angeles is frightfully expensive and areas like Brent Wood, Beverly Hills and BelAir (popular choice of UCLA students) will set you back by $1000 a month for a studio apartment. 

Faculty and pedagogy:

UCLA has excellent faculty. Most professors are keen on teaching and go the extra way out for interested students. Henry Samueli School of Engineering has 173 full-time professors on staff. 

Financial aid:

UCLA has a number of scholarships. However, the catch here is that a student has to be an extremely deserving student to get one of the scholarships. The competition for the scholarships too is quite tough, so maintain your grades and prove your merit. Students can also apply for teaching and research assistantships- which again are not very easy to get. 

Jobs and placements:

The top recruiters employing from UCLA include Northrop Grumman Corporation; University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); Kaiser Permanente; The Walt Disney Company; Inc; Lockheed Martin Corp; The Boeing Company. The most popular job profiles amongst the university alumni include Software Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Software Engineer, and Electrical Engineer. The highest earners amongst the university graduates are Senior Software Engineering earning an average salary of $131,660. Electrical Engineers earn an average salary of $83,214, while Mechanical Engineers earn an average salary of $77,660. MS graduates typically earn $59,622 - $113,353. 

Moreover, the UCLA Career Center offers various career related services to the UCLA students and graduates and gets them in touch with employers and job and internship opportunities. Some of its services include Job Search Strategies, Career Counselling and  Graduate Student Services. 


UCLA has numerous notable alumni. Some of them include names like Pioneer in the development of the Internet Steve Crocker,   Co-founder of Broadcom Henry Samueli and Dean of Stanford University School of Engineering James Plummer. 


Is there any verdict left to be given? Without an iota of doubt, UCLA is one of the finest schools in the country and you should only apply here if you have a very good profile. 


The University of California, Los Angeles can be located by the zip code 90095 or by street address, 405 Hilgard Avenue. The Los Angeles International Airport, LAX, is the nearest to the university. You can take 405 Freeway north to the Wilshire Blvd, east exit and continue in the same direction. After several blocks, a left turn on Westwood Blvd will lead you to the university campus. You can also take the Metro, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, and Culver City Bus to reach the campus. Metro lines 2/302, 20, 720, 734, and 788, Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3M, 8, and rapid 12, and Culver city lines 6 and rapid 6 bring you to the campus. You can also refer to the interactive maps or print the downloadable PDF maps exclusively available on the university website. You can also avail the campus parking that is available 24 hours a day.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 23%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 382
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 82
TA Appointments 772
RA appointments 1,270
Research funding $92,342,618
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The Department of Aerospace, University of California, Los Angeles, is dedicated to Air Force reserve officer training corps (AFROTC) Detachment 055, located at the UCLA itself. The curriculum provides students with elective courses ranging from leadership and management to national security. Candidates who are able to complete the ROTC curriculum successfully receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant after graduation. Apart from the master’s and doctorate programs, Samueli School of Engineering, UCLA, also offers courses with mechanical engineering under the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). The fields of expertise that are offered encompass disciplines like manufacturing and design, fluid mechanics: heat and mass transfer, structural and solid mechanics, nano and microelectromechanical systems, systems and control and dynamics. The Samueli’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has managed to achieve an ideal balance between structured learning and providing design-oriented opportunities to its students with the ‘robots to rockets’ curriculum. In this endeavor, a constant reassessment of teaching material is done in order to embrace the most recent developments and approaches of the technical world. The ‘robots to rockets’ curriculum strive to lay emphasis on data fusion, machine learning, and sustainability with an aim to churn out graduates ready to take on the constantly changing technology in the world.

Areas of Expertise: Dynamics; Nanoelectromechanical/Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems; Fluid Mechanics; Heat and Mass Transfer; Manufacturing and Design; Structural and Solid Mechanics; Systems & Control


The biotechnology department of the University of California Los Angeles is established in order to offer comprehensive graduate, undergraduate, and research programs. The programs encapsulate multiple disciplines including biological chemistry, bioinformatics, bioengineering, biomedical, biomathematics, and biostatistics. The department of bioengineering provides pioneer programs for molecular and cellular engineering, tissue engineering and regenerative medicines, and biomaterials. The graduate students from the chemical and bioengineering department (CBE) of the UCLA are benefited with the courses in chemistry, life sciences, and medicines on the UCLA campus itself. The CBE has strong ties with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, which offers students an opportunity to work with physicians to understand the dealing of clinically significant problems. The collaborative fields of expertise include semiconductor manufacturing, bio-system science & engineering, chemical engineering, biomolecular engineering, biomedical instrumentation, molecular cellular tissue therapeutics, and neuro-engineering. The bioinformatics at UCLA offers interdepartmental programs with specializations in bioinformatics, biomedical signal and image processing, and medical image informatics. Students at the bioinformatics department are also benefited from the intellective environment of the Institute for quantitative and computational biosciences and the Institute for pure and applied mathematics. Students also receive extensive fellowship support from a wide array of training grants at the UCLA which also include the NIH training grant in biomedical big data and big data computing.

Areas of Expertise: Neuroengineering; Biosystems Science and Engineering; Molecular cellular tissue therapeutics; Medical Imaging Informatics; Biomedical Instrumentation; Biomedical Signal & Image Processing & Bioinformatics


The introduction of biotechnology led the university to convert the Department of chemical engineering into the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The department which is a division of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been a guide in finding long-lasting solutions to many problems of societal importance. In addition to the core chemical engineering courses, students can also choose specialized domains like semiconductor manufacturing, environmental chemical engineering, and biomolecular engineering. UCLA offers undergraduate, graduate, and research programs in the field of chemistry and chemical engineering in compound domains covering bio-molecular engineering, biochemistry, and material sciences. Including biochemistry, chemistry, and material sciences, the university has more than fifteen hundred majors. The undergraduates opting for the chemistry materials science interdepartmental program can pursue a major that embraces both engineering and physical sciences. This program makes graduates ready to pursue a career in fields that deal with the synthesis and processing of new materials based on chemical methods. These fields include microelectronics, aerospace, and biomedical and energy industries. The broad areas of expertise of the department are system engineering, semiconductor manufacturing, chemical engineering, and biomolecular engineering.

Areas of Expertise: System Engineering; Semiconductor Manufacturing; Chemical Engineering; Biomolecular Engineering


Taking into account the societal necessity of the civil engineering department of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA has been renamed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The department provides courses in five sub-disciplines which are civil engineering materials, environmental engineering, Geotechnical engineering, hydrology and water resources engineering, and structural mechanic and earthquake engineering. The department offers regular undergraduate and graduate programs in the above-mentioned specializations. Each subdivision has multiple research areas. The current research area in civil engineering materials is inorganic, random porous material with a focus on developing next-generation construction material. The research in environmental engineering focuses on the process development for water and wastewater treatment systems and investigation of the fate and transport of environmental contaminators. Geotechnical engineering is currently dealing with the effects of soil and soil deposits on the performance, stability, and safety of civil engineering constructions. Research in hydrology and water resources engineering focuses on the subjects of surface and ground-water processing, hydrometeorology, watershed responses to disturbances, and optimization of conjunctive use of surface and ground-water. The department also offers an online program with a degree of Master of Science in Engineering with a certificate of specialization in sustainable water engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering;Civil Engineering Materials;Environmental Engineering;Geotechnical Engineering;Structures (structural mechanics and earthquake engineering)

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at UCLA is one of the top five places known for computer science and computer engineering education and research. The department intends to deliver excellent comprehensive educational programs and research in the discipline. The computer science department offers graduate and doctorate courses. The graduate division students can opt for any combination of courses from artificial intelligence, computer science theory, computer system architecture, computational system biology, information and data management, graphics and vision, software systems, network systems, and programming languages and systems. The applicants for doctorate programs are automatically considered for departmental funding. The department also houses an exclusive center for embedded networked sensing. Students who enroll for the computer science engineering programs can avail the benefits of the department’s elite affiliated partners with companies like Google and Facebook on the list. To facilitate research and development, the computer science department along with other departments of UCLA and different universities has acquired the in-house support of various research centers for encrypted facilities, domain-specific computing, intelligent networked systems, and information & computation security.

Areas of Expertise: Artificial Intelligence;Computer Science theory;Software Systems;Computer Network Systems;Computer System Architecture;Graphics and vision;Computational Systems Biology;Information & Data Management

List of Labs: Center for Embedded Networked Sensing


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is one of the most shining divisions of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, UCLA. In spite of being a young division, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has managed to find a place in the top five places for engineering education, much ahead of the other seasoned departments. The department offers BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of communication, control, and operational research, thereby covering almost all the fields of study in electrical and computer engineering.  It lays focus on three areas - Circuits and embedded systems, Physical and wave electronics, and signals and systems, providing dedicated supervision and guidance in each area. The department has partnerships with many leading companies of the industry to provide a wide range of job openings to the students. 

Areas of Expertise: Embedded Computing Systems; MEMS/nano;Communications and Telecommunications; Control Systems;Integrated Circuits and Systems; Signal Processing;Solid State Electronics; Electromagnetics;Photonics and Optoelectronics; Plasma Electronics;Engineering Optimization/Operations Research

List of Labs: Western Institute of Nanoelectronics


The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering provides one of its kind professional doctorates, Doctorate of Environmental Science and Engineering (D.Env.). Students can conduct off-campus doctoral residency with government, public and non-profit organizations, private consultancies and NGOs. Students can select from a wide variety of courses offered by UCLA departments like atmospheric & oceanic science, ecology & evolutionary biology, and many more. Areas of expertise that are available at the department are Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering, Structure (structural mechanics and earthquake engineering), Geotechnical engineering, Civil engineering materials, and environmental engineering. Environmental science and engineering students can avail financial support in the first two years. Additional fellowship and stipend for educational and living expenses are also available for exceptional students. Students who start with their residency after two years find well-paid and competitive positions.

Areas of Expertise: Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering;Civil Engineering Materials;Environmental Engineering;Geotechnical Engineering;Structures (structural mechanics and earthquake engineering)

Material Science

The Department of Material Science and Engineering (MSE) at UCLA focuses on blending material sciences with the present challenges of the world encompassing energy, environment, communications, health, and infrastructure. Students enrolled with the MSE department have the option to choose their area of expertise from the fields: Electronic and Optical Materials, Structural Materials, and Ceramic and Ceramic Processing. The department is affiliated with a number of research labs like Electronic thin film lab, In situ microscopy lab, soft material research lab, etc. Affiliation with research groups namely the Archaeomaterials group, Electronic Materials Group, and research group for Organic Electronic Materials and Devices contributes towards young researcher’s education and training. The presence of research centers like the center for function accelerated nanoMaterial engineering within the UCLA reflects the level of participation in the said field. Additionally, the MSE department has received funding from DOE, NSF, NIST, NASA, DOD, and other federal, state, and industrial sources.

Areas of Expertise: Electronic and Optical Materials;Structural Materials;Ceramics and Ceramic Processing

List of Labs: Center for Function Accelerated nanoMaterial Engineering


The mechanical division of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UCLA, is a compound division at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Students can enrol in both undergraduate (BS) and graduate (MS) programs. Students can pursue research and specialize in any of the following areas - Manufacturing and Design, Fluid Mechanics: Heat and Mass Transfer, Structural and Solid Mechanics, Nanoelectromechanical/Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, Dynamics, and Systems & Controls. Practical education in these fields is assisted by the department’s links with a number of research labs. Ties with research centers like Smart Grid Energy Research Center and Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems is an asset for students in their education and research. The MAE department is also known to conduct career fairs where students get the opportunity to get selected in their dream companies and pursue their careers. To enlighten students with the technological needs of the time and making them job-ready, the department has an industrial advisory board enriched with elite dignitaries from different companies and organizations.

Areas of Expertise: Dynamics; Nanoelectromechanical/Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems; Fluid Mechanics; Heat and Mass Transfer; Manufacturing and Design; Structural and Solid Mechanics; Systems & Control

List of Labs:  Smart Grid Energy Research Center; Center for Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems

Annual fees for Indians $28,000
Annual off-campus living $9,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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