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Prospective Students

Graduate Recruitment Webinars

We will hold two Zoom webinars on October 20 and November 3 for all prospective graduate students to introduce information about the MBSE graduate program and answer your questions about the application process or the graduate program. Please register with the provided links below:

Friday, October 20, 2023, 12-1 p.m. Register online.

Friday, November 3, 2023, 9-10 a.m. Register online.

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.


We will start accepting applications for Fall 2024 in the fall (2023). If you are thinking of applying, please consider attending one of the info sessions above.

We are assembling a mailing list of interested students using this form.

Our early applications deadline will be Dec. 15 and our final applications deadline will be Jan. 15. In rare cases we consider applications outside of that cycle. Roberto Andresen Eguiluz, Admissions Chair of MBSE at UC Merced, will be pleased to answer questions. Please email your questions to

The webinars will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the campus, the department, and the graduate program. 

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

Thank you for your interest in our program!

View the MBSE digital brochure

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.

To apply, visit the UC Merced Graduate Division website.

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