Graduate Admissions

Dear prospective applicants,

Let me be first to welcome you to the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)!

UCR’s interdisciplinary MSE graduate program offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, paving the way in both high-quality education and research. The MSE program’s strong record of achievement is based on our students’ advances in materials research and their success in incorporating these advances into our educational and research missions.

Materials science is truly a collaborative approach and underpins much of the efforts of both scientists and engineers to improve society. Our interdisciplinary approach is reflected in the large and diverse number of participating MSE faculty members (over 40) from various disciplines in both the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). Both BCOE and CNAS host a number of faculty members who carry out experimental, theoretical, and computational research in several areas in materials science and engineering.

Students enrolled in the MSE program benefit from distinctive research facilities, both existing and currently under development, at UCR. These facilities include high-performance computing, materials synthesis, processing, characterization and property measurement resources available in the departments of Bioengineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics as well as those in the MSE program itself, which is housed in the newly opened Materials Science and Engineering Building. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis (CFAMM) offer additional instrumentation, which is available for use by all students.

Modern materials science and engineering allows those with both engineering and non-engineering backgrounds to join together in bringing technological innovations to fruition by applying the principles of engineering and the chemical and physical sciences.

I strongly encourage to browse our website, the research webpages of our faculty, and start an application today. You will find more information for applying on our online application.

Thank you for visiting MSE’s graduate program at UC Riverside!


Associate Professor Ruoxue Yan


Genevieve Vasquez

Faculty Graduate Advisor

Richard Wilson, Associate Professor

(951) 827-3374


Graduate Admissions Advisor

Ruoxue Yan, Assistant Professor
(951) 827-2242

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