12 months
17696 USD/year
17696 USD/year
7628 USD/year
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The Program of Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Riverside offers the M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering. 

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Key Features

In 2007, the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) established a new program and started to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering . The Materials Science and Engineering from University of California, Riverside  aims to provide fundamental knowledge for understanding of materials with the objective of predicting, modifying, and tailoring the properties of materials to achieve enhanced performance of the materials and devices based on these materials. This degree program is administered by the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Committee in Charge, which consists of Professor Alexander A. Balandin (Department of Electrical Engineering), Professor Cengiz Ozkan (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Professor Nosang Myung (Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering), Professor Mart Molle (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) and Professor Valentine Vullev (Department of Bioengineering). The committee is chaired by Professor Balandin.

The Committee in Charge, which consists of the representatives of each department in the Bourns College of Engineering, has the responsibility for approval and management of the Materials Science and Engineering courses. The teaching faculty for this interdepartmental program is drawn from the College of Engineering. The courses included in the MSE major curriculum have either MSE subject abbreviation or the department subject abbreviation, e.g., ME, CEE, EE, etc. Each department of the College of Engineering offers a focus area within the MSE program through a set of technical electives (TE), which emphasize a certain aspect of materials science and engineering.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Students must complete 36 units of graduate or upper-division undergraduate course work, of which 24 must be graduate level units. Student must complete at least one course from 3 of the 5 areas of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE 201-209, 210-219, 220-229, 230-239, 240-249) as well as at least one unit of MSE 200 and at least five units of MSE 250. 
  • Students must enroll in MSE 200 the first time it is offered during their residency. At least two units of MSE 250-259 must be taken for a letter grade. 
  • Students can take a maximum of 12 units in Graduate Research and a maximum 6 units in Directed Studies. The course of study needs to be approved each quarter by the research advisor (when determined) and the MSE graduate advisor. The degree will be awarded when all these requirements are met and the thesis has been submitted successfully.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are initially reviewed and rated based on their overall undergraduate and, where appropriate, post-baccalaureate GPAs. However, the evaluation process is intended to be flexible, and departments take a variety of other factors into consideration, including test scores, GPA in the major subject, letters of recommendation, and the reputation of the degree-granting program or institution.
  • If admission is offered with work still in progress, official transcripts reflecting the satisfactory completion of this work and the awarding of the degree (where appropriate) must be submitted as soon as possible. An offer of admission is valid for a specific quarter only; admission may not be deferred to a later quarter. Accepted students who wish to be admitted for a subsequent quarter must reapply and, if additional course work has been completed, submit updated transcripts.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7628 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3814 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Riverside

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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