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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 the MBSE emphasis 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.


Yes, we will be admitting students to our program for Fall 2021! Please try to submit your application by Dec. 15, 2020; applications will close Jan. 15, 2021. Sarah Kurtz, Graduate Chair of MBSE at UC Merced, will be hosting an interactive webinar for prospective applicants in November 2020. This will be an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the campus, the department, and the graduate program. You will have an opportunity to ask questions. Sign up here.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

View the MBSE digital brochure

To apply, visit the UC Merced Graduate Division website.