University of California, Riverside

Department of Bioengineering



M.S. Program


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The M.S. program is part of BIG (Bioengineering Interdepartmental Graduate) Program. The M.S. program is ideal for professionals seeking greater depth in several areas of bioengineering or individuals with biological science degrees who wish to enhance their foundation for employment in the many biotechnology fields. The M.S. degree is not required to enter into the Ph.D. program

How to Apply

Admission

In addition to the following requirements, all applicants must meet the general requirements of the UCR Graduate Council as set forth by the Graduate Division.

Applicants will need to have completed coursework in chemistry, physics, math, biochemistry and biology, and engineering. Students without an undergraduate engineering degree should have excellent training in mathematics and the physical sciences.

Specific recommendations for students without an undergraduate engineering degree are:

  • Two years of mathematics
  • One year of physics
  • One year of inorganic chemistry including lab
  • One year of organic chemistry including lab
  • One course in biochemistry
  • One course in molecular biology

Students with strong academic records may be admitted with limited coursework deficiencies, provided that these are satisfied by appropriate coursework taken during the first two years of graduate study.

Language Requirement

All International students whose first language is not English must satisfactorily complete the SPEAK test.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science degree requires a minimum of 36 quarter credits and may be completed in three to four academic quarters of full-time study. Both thesis and non-thesis options are offered for the M.S. degree program (Plan I, Thesis and Plan II, Comprehensive Examination). Student must request permission to pursue a Master of Science in Bioengineering while simultaneously pursing a Ph.D. in a program other than Bioengineering. The normative time to complete the MS degree is two years.

Master of Science Degree Plan I (Thesis)

In addition to the following requirements, all applicants must meet the requirements for Plan I (Thesis) of the UCR Graduate Council. Course Requirements Students must satisfy the core course requirements (see Core Courses).

Students will enroll in the interdepartmental colloquium series in Bioengineering each quarter it is offered.

Master of Science Degree Plan II (Comprehensive Examination)

This Plan is designed primarily for students who do not intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Bioengineering. In addition to the following requirements, all applicants must meet the requirements for Master’s Degree Plan II (Comprehensive Examination).

Course Requirements

Students must satisfy the core course requirements (see Core Courses). Students will enroll in the interdepartmental colloquium series in Bioengineering each quarter it is offered.

Comprehensive Exam

The comprehensive examination will be prepared and administered by the Graduate Examination Committee. The student will be allowed to choose between an oral and a written examination. The examination will cover a broad range of topics chosen from upper division undergraduate courses and graduate courses taken by M.S. students. Subsequent to the examination, the Graduate Examination Committee will issue a passing or failing grade. If a student fails in the first attempt, he or she may retake the examination at the next scheduled comprehensive examination period. No more than two attempts to pass the exam are allowed. The M.S. Comprehensive Examination may be held at the end of any quarters throughout the year. The committee to administer the M.S. Comprehensive Examination will be selected by the Graduate Advisor and approved by the Graduate Program Committee.

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
E-mail: big@engr.ucr.edu

Potential Undergraduate Students:
Undergraduate Admissions

Potential Graduate Students:
Professor Victor G. J. Rodgers

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