University of California, Riverside

Department of Bioengineering

Bioengineering Interdepartmental Graduate Program


BIG Program Overview

BIG (Bioengineering Interdepartmental Graduate) Program is the umbrella for the graduate level research effort associated with the Core Faculty in the Department of Bioengineering as well as BIG Faculty at UCR who have a passion for training graduate students in bioengineering.

Both the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees are available, and the application process is online, easy and free for domestic students!

How to Apply

For more information on the application process, please visit the Graduate Admissions page of Graduate Division.

Our Strengths Include:

  • A solid financial support package for Ph.D. students including fellowships.
  • A broad range of critically important, contemporary bioengineering topics.
  • A dedication to leadership training. Our graduates are continuously exposed to opportunities to interact, not only with the BIG Faculty, but also many of our Colloquium speakers, including our Distinguished Speakers. Our seminar series allows our graduates to meet with our distinguished guests and ask their questions without faculty presence.
  • An emphasis on productivity in an energized welcoming environment. Using small presentations as our platform, our students begin working early and often with creative expression and presentations that emphasize accountability.
  • A strong faculty dedicated to a collaborative, sharing environment to maximize learning and innovation.
  • Flexible course structure, with the unique opportunity to study all of the non-clinical medical school courses in the UCR School of Medicine Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Opportunities to interact with leading UC centers with cutting edge instrumentation, including:


BIG combines a solid, fundamental foundation in biological science and engineering, and aims to equip students with diverse communication skills and training in the most advanced quantitative bioengineering research so that they can become leaders in their respective fields. Students have the opportunity to interact with not only their advisors, but continuously with the BIG Faculty in a host of academic settings. The result is a rigorous, but exceptionally interactive and welcoming educational training for BIG students.

2015 - 2016 Graduates*
Fall 2016 Enrollment
 29 Students 83 Students
2016-2017 Graduates*
Fall 2017 Enrollment
 32 Students 68 Students
2017-2018 Graduates*
Fall 2018 Enrollment
 37 Students TBA

*Some students complete their M.S. and elect to begin/continue their Ph.D. degrees.

Broad Course Selection to Choose From Including the Non-Clinical Medical School Courses

BIG has a minimum core course structure to allow the students to work with their faculty advisors to build strengths in their particular area of interest.

Unique to BIG is the opportunity for graduate students to participate in non-clinical medical school courses offered in the UCR School of Medicine Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences. This gives them an opportunity to develop one of the most solid biomedical foundations offered in a bioengineering graduate program.

Degrees Available

BIG offers graduate instruction leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in bioengineering. Fellowships are available for Ph.D. students only.

More Information 

General Campus Information

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

Department Information

Department of Bioengineering
205 Materials Science & Engineering

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tel: (951) 827-4303
Fax: (951) 827-6416

Potential Undergraduate Students:
Undergraduate Admissions

Potential Graduate Students:
Professor Victor G. J. Rodgers

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