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Graduate Admissions

The BIEN department is seeking disciplined and creative graduate students to work with faculty on innovative research in a challenging, yet collaborative environment. Graduate students can earn a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering while taking part in an interdisciplinary program that is heavily engaged with campus colleges, system-wide research centers, other leading universities and industry leaders. Students also can pursue a master’s degree in Bioengineering through our online master’s program.

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 their advisors as well as continuously work with other BIG faculty in a host of academic settings. The result is a rigorous, but exceptionally interactive and welcoming educational training for BIG students.

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Why BIG?

  • Broad range of critically important, contemporary bioengineering topics
  • Dedication to leadership training - graduates are continuously exposed to opportunities to interact with BIG faculty as well as many Colloquium speakers to ask questions without faculty presence
  • Emphasis on productivity in an energized welcoming environment has students working early and often with creative expression and presentations that focus on accountability
  • Strong faculty dedicated to a collaborative, sharing environment to maximize learning and innovation with flexible course structures that include non-clinical medical school courses at the UCR School of Medicine
  • Opportunities to interact with leading UC centers with cutting edge instrumentation including UCR Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB) and UCR Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis as well as the potential to do collaborative cutting-edge medical research with institutions such as City of Hope, Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine and University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine.
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