24 months
17696 USD/year
17696 USD/year
7628 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Bioengineering degree from University of California, Riverside is part of the BIG (Bioengineering Interdepartmental Graduate) Program and 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. 

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The Bioengineering degree from University of California, Riverside  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). Students 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. For more information on the requirements of either plan, please refer to the BIG student handbook.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Engineering Analysis of Physiological Systems
  • Cellular and Molecule Engineering
  • Optical Methods in Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering
  • Integration of Computational and Experimental Biology
  • Biotransport Phenomena
  • Transport with Reactions in Biological Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    17696 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8848 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    7628 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3814 USD per semester during 24 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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