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View the Bioengineering Policies and Procedures

To Apply

Bioengineering encourages applications from all students interested in graduate study towards Ph.D. or M.S. degrees in this exciting multidisciplinary area. Applications are invited from students with undergraduate degrees from any relevant discipline, including the life sciences, the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. An essential part of the admission process is to find a good match between the interests of the prospective student and Bioengineering faculty member's research area, so we encourage interested students to begin the application process by contacting the Bioengineering chair or any Bioengineering faculty whose research interests them.

All applicants should take the GRE general test (subject test optional). Applicants who are not native English speakers should go to the UC Merced Graduate Division website to see additional application requirements.

The admissions committee will make its decisions based on a comprehensive review of undergraduate coursework and GPA, GRE scores, research experience and recommendations in reaching a decision on admission. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15. Normally, applications will be accepted for fall semester only, enrollment in other semesters will be considered on an individual basis, with applications due no later than seven months prior to the beginning of the semester when the student would like to begin graduate studies.

For more information on the application process, or to submit an online application, please see the Graduate Division website.


All students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in the BIOE emphasis receive a full tuition and fees waiver as well as a stipend for the duration of study in the form of teaching and/or research assistantships as long as they are in residence and maintain adequate progress toward the degree. Stipends and fee waivers may be provided for M.S. Degree students on a case-by-case basis.