University of California, Riverside

Materials Science and Engineering

Admissions and Applying



Applications to the graduate program in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Riverside for Fall 2018 are now being accepted. Please click on the link above to below your application to the M.S. or Ph.D. program. 

Prospective Students:  Most of the financial aid in the form of fellowships is distributed to the students admitted for Fall quarter!!!  For off-cycle admissions (winter and spring), we highly recommend that students apply only if specifically asked to do so by a faculty member. There have been occasions in which students are admitted off-cycle, but such cases are very rare.

 Apply Online Here!   


 Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and
US Permanent Residents
International Applicants ,
Non-Immigrant/Visa Students

Fall quarter (term begins September):
Priority Admission & Fellowship Consideration

January 5th

Applications received after December 15th will be considered for financial support if funding remains available.

January 5th

Fall quarter (term begins September): Admission Only - financial support only if available

September 1st


June 1st


Winter quarter, admission only
(term begins January)

November 15th

September 1st

Spring quarter, admission only
(term begins April)

March 1st

December 1st

International applicants, $125.

Domestic applicants, $0 -or- $105. *

*The application fee FREE for applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications for international students will be considered after the application fee of $125 has been paid.

 Admission criteria

UCR offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who, with the benefit of a graduate education, are the most likely to contribute to their academic or professional fields through teaching, research, or professional practice. Admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including (but not limited to) your academic degrees and record, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores and relevant experience. The appropriateness of your goals to the degree program to which you are applying and their relationship to the research interests of its faculty are also considered.  UCR views as a high priority the enrollment of men and women from different backgrounds and from different demographic and ethnic groups.

Online Application 

Through Grad SIS you will be able to apply, upload and submit your application material.  Your application progress can be saved and completed at a later time as well.  You will also be able to check on the status of your application and which materials have been received by the department. 

Submit the Required Documents to the Department

  • Official GRE (General Record Examination) Scores - sent electronically
  • Official TOEFL Scores or IELTS Scores (if applicable) - TOEFL score sent electronically, the IELTS score must be mailed in: 
  • Official Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended - must be mailed in
  • Letters of Reference - submitted online
  • All official documents must be received in sealed envelopes directly from the issuing entity.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All Ph.D. applicants for Fall should take the GRE test no later than November. The test must be taken within the last five (5) years before the desired date of admission. The minimum GRE score required for admission is 1100 (combined qualitative and quantitative scores). The minimum GRE score required for admission with the NEW test system is 300 (150 qualitative and 150 quantitative). 

GRE UCR code: 4839
A department code is not necessary.

Telephone: 609-771-7670 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. EST. The Educational Testing Service homepage is allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL or TOEFL iBT)

All applicants whose first language is not English must submit TOEFL scores. This exam must be taken within two years before the desired date of admission. The minimum score for the TOEFL iBT is 80. The minimum TOEFL score required is 550, for the computer base exam is 213. The average TOEFL score of new fall MSE graduate students is 96. 

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an advanced degree at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 


TOEFL UCR code: 4839
A department code is not necessary.

Telephone: 609-771-7100 Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Educational Testing Service homepage is allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for a test score to be reported to our campus.


UCR also accepts scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS and remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test; ask the administrator to send the official TRF to:

Graduate Admissions Office
Graduate Division
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required for admission. At least two of these letters must be from professors in your major subject. If you have obtained a M.S. degree, one letter must be from your M.S. advisor. Letters of recommendation may be uploaded directly from each recommender to your application profile, and therefore should be submitted online via the application whenever possible. *Please note that all electronic letters uploaded to an application MUST be from an official, company or university affiliated e-mail address. RECOMMENDER PERSONAL E-MAIL ACCOUNTS ARE NOT PERMITTED.


Please request the Registrar of each institution you have attended after high school to forward an official copies of transcripts of your academic records directly to:

ATTN: Christina Gnuschke
Materials Science & Engineering Program
MSE Bldg., Room 313
900 University Ave. 
Riverside, CA 92521-0429

Only official records bearing the signature of the Registrar and the seal of the issuing institution and received in sealed envelopes sent directly from that institution are accepted as supporting transcripts. Student copies of transcripts are not considered official.

PLEASE NOTE: Failure to declare attendance at any institution and submit corresponding transcripts of record may result in disqualification. If you have work in progress at the time of application, please have one copy of your official final transcript sent when the work is complete. If a degree was awarded, we must receive an official copy of the degree certificate with the transcripts from the institution.

International Applicants: Original language transcripts and official English translations are required for all international institutions attended. Your online status will be updated when we review the applications and can verify it has been received in entirety, that status is not updated immediately upon receipt. *Please note that this is a mandatory university policy for all international students regardless of the country that the institution is located.

Admissions process

The primary objective of the admissions process is the selection of those students most likely to complete their chosen graduate programs with distinction. After consultation between the program and the Graduate Division, the final authority to admit rests with the Graduate Division Dean. Applicants are initially reviewed and rated based on their overall undergraduate and, where appropriate, post- baccalaureate GPAs. However, the evaluation process is intended to be flexible, and departments take a variety of other factors into consideration, including GRE or other test scores, GPA in the major subject, letters of recommendation, and the reputation of the degree-granting program or institution. Soon after the department forwards its recommendation to the Graduate Division, the applicant is notified in writing (first, via e-mail) of the Dean's decision. If admission is offered with work still in progress, official transcripts reflecting the satisfactory completion of this work and the awarding of the degree (where appropriate) must be submitted as soon as possible. An offer of admission is valid for a specific quarter only; admission may not be deferred to a later quarter. Accepted students who wish to be admitted for a subsequent quarter must reapply and, if additional course work has been completed, submit updated transcripts. Please note that all applicants must submit a new application and application fee if reapplying for a later quarter.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information. 

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
313 Materials Science & Engineering Building

Tel: (951) 827-3383
Fax: (951) 827-3188x

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