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Prospective Students

The Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering (MBSE) graduate group offers a multidisciplinary research and training program for master-level and doctoral students who want to be at the forefront of the modern revolutions in materials science technology.

The program applies the tools of nanotechnology to create transformative nano materials with exciting new properties through the implementation of nano-scale and/or bio-inspired devices for applications in human health, green energy, artificial intelligence, and environmental sensing. MBSE students will be exposed to, and benefit from, a thoroughly multidisciplinary training that synergistically incorporates elements from engineering, physics, chemistry and biology.

Our students also enjoy a wide choice of experiences from a rich toolset that includes:

❯ molecular and cell biology; biophysics; advanced spectroscopy and imaging; protein engineering; microfluidics;
❯ materials synthesis and manipulation; electrochemical, electronic and optical characterization; structural analysis and imaging; cutting edge nano-manufacturing;
❯ computational modeling and simulation

All Ph.D. students in MBSE receive tuition and fee support, as well as a stipend, so long as requirements are met. We encourage applications from students with undergraduate degrees in any relevant discipline.


We have now closed our admissions for Fall 2021. We will be soliciting applications for Fall 2022 in fall of 2021 - check back to this site for more details. We anticipate holding one or more introductory webinars/virtual meetings in November and/or December. Our early applications deadline is Dec. 15 and our final applications deadline is Jan. 15. In rare cases we consider applications outside of that cycle. Sarah Kurtz, Graduate Chair of MBSE at UC Merced, will be pleased to answer questions. Please email your questions to

The webinars in November/December will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the campus, the department, and the graduate program.   We will post a link to sign up in Fall 2021. 

For more information about the MBSE Graduate Program visit

MBSE students may participate in research centers at UC Merced such as: "Merced Nanomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing" and the "Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines."

Thank you for your interest in our program!

View the MBSE digital brochure

To apply, visit the UC Merced Graduate Division website.