M.Sc. On Campus

Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering

12 months
13401 USD/year
13401 USD/year
5850 USD/year
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The Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering program at University of California, Merced offers a multidisciplinary research and training program for master-level and doctoral students who want to be at the forefront of the modern revolutions in materials science technology.


Program outline

The Materials and Biomaterials Science and Engineering program at University of California, Merced applies the tools of nanotechnology to model, create and characterize transformative nano materials with exciting new properties through the implementation of nano-scale and/or bio-inspired devices for applications in human health, green energy, artificial intelligence and environmental sensing. MBSE students will be exposed to, and benefit from, a thoroughly multidisciplinary training that synergistically incorporates elements from engineering, physics, chemistry and biology.

Our students also enjoy a wide choice of experiences from a rich toolset that includes:

  • Molecular and cell biology, biophysics; advanced spectroscopy and imaging; protein engineering; microfluidics;
  • Materials synthesis and manipulation, electrochemical, electronic and optical characterization, structural analysis and imaging, cutting edge nano-manufacturing; 
  • Computational modeling and simulation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Soft Matter Physics
  • Structure of Materials
  • Materials Properties
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Tissue Engineering Design
  • Computational Materials Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California.
  • Have a satisfactory scholastic average, usually a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) is required.
  • Provide TOEFL or IELTS test scores (international students only).
  • Upload a scanned copy of all college level academic work including community college, summer session and study abroad, onto your application.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A statement of purpose is required to help determine whether your academic objectives can reasonably be satisfied in the graduate program to which you seek admission.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13401 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13401 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13401 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13401 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    5850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5850 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Merced

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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