Bourns College of Engineering University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA
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January 5
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Bourns College of Engineering:

The research and graduate programs at the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) provide students interested in pursuing graduate degrees with numerous research opportunities in cutting edge technology areas within a challenging yet collaborative academic environment. Engineering students at UCR enjoy the benefits of a smaller campus, which include a more personal research and educational approach with specialized attention and guidance. In addition, our students can take advantage of the innovative research, first-rate professors, and worldwide networking that comes from being part of the prestigious UC System.

The National Research Council's (NRC) data-based assessment of U.S. research doctorate programs demonstrated the excellence of the Bourns College of Engineering's faculty and the rapid rise in the quality of its programs. Among the 27 UCR doctorate programs that were evaluated, eight of them were ranked in the NRC's top quartile, and four of those were in engineering.

The graduate degree programs offered through the Bourns College of Engineering are designed to deepen student understanding of fundamental principles and applications in their chosen field of study. The Ph.D. programs are heavily integrated with the College's research activities and are intended for well-qualified individuals who wish to pursue careers in academic or industrial research. The College offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Bioengineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering as well as an online M.S. in Engineering.


The Department of Bioengineering is housed in the Bourns College of Engineering. Established in 2006 by Distinguished Professor and National Academy of Engineering member Jerome S. Schultz, the relatively growing program is unique in its state-of-the-art research focus, student preparation and educational environment. First, recognizing that bioengineering and biomedical engineering are highly interdisciplinary fields, the internationally recognized core faculty is comprised of an eclectic mix of bioengineering-focused experts from multiple disciplines including physics, biological sciences, chemistry, materials science and engineering. Together we provide enriched, in-depth training for the students as well as forge the foundation for outstanding, collaborative, state-of-the-art research in specific focus areas. We have concentrated efforts in five critically-important areas in bioengineering/biomedical engineering: Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine; Biomedical Imaging; Computational Bioengineering; Medical Devices and Molecular and Cellular Engineering.

Chemical and Environmental Engineering:

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside offers leading-edge research and education in fields that will change the future of health, energy, public safety, and the quality of our air, water, and land. The main research areas include, Biotechnology; Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology; Air Quality Systems Engineering; Water Quality Systems Engineering; Sustainable Energy; Molecular Theory and Modeling.

The department and two closely affiliated research centers (the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering) are leading the way on overcoming some of the most challenging scientific and technological problems of our time. For example, CEE faculty and students are leaders in the development of innovative methods to control air pollution and emissions from transportation and industrial sources. They are developing technologies to assure abundant supplies of safe drinking water. They are applying nanoscience principles to the creation of new sensors that can detect toxic substances in air or water rapidly, accurately, and inexpensively. They are advancing toward the development of clean and renewable fuels and energy that can provide for society's needs sustainably and economically.

Computer Science and Engineering:

The department offers the B.S. degree in Computer Science (ABET accredited) and Business Informatics, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, and they participate in the Computer Engineering Program (ABET accredited). They also offer Five-Year Joint B.S.+M.S. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. The Department has very strong research programs in architecture, compilers, embedded systems, algorithms, bioinformatics, databases, data mining, computer networks, distributed processing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, security, high performance computing, software engineering, and graphics. CSE offers excellent career opportunities for alumni; new, state of the art facilities; superior student recognition; a strong sense of community and pride; worldwide networking through UC connections, graduate research, conferences and more; enthusiastic CSE staff and advisers that are able to assist students through their academic careers.

Materials Science and Engineering:

The Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) graduate program at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) offers the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees (ABET accredited). The program is comprised of a large and diverse faculty from various disciplines in both Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). Both BCOE and CNAS host a number of faculty members who carry out experimental, theoretical, and computational research in materials science and engineering. The program structure emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field and encourages interdepartmental collaboration resulting in dynamic and original research. In addition to receiving a world-class education in the classroom, students enrolled in the MSE program benefit from distinctive research facilities, both existing and currently under development, at UCR. These facilities include the materials synthesis, processing, characterization and property measurement resources available in the departments of Bioengineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics as well as those in the MSE program itself which is housed in the newly opened Materials Science and Engineering Building. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the Central Facility for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis (CFAMM) offer additional instrumentation, which is available for use by all students. Modern materials science and engineering allows those with both engineering and non-engineering backgrounds to join together in bringing technological innovations to fruition by applying the principles of engineering and the chemical and physical sciences.

Mechanical Engineering:

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at UCR offers the opportunity for graduate study in specialized areas of Mechanical Engineering. Research within the department spans seven broad areas. They include Energy processing; Bio-applications; Nano and microscale engineering; Computation and design; Materials properties and processing; Multiphase flow, heat transfer and combustion; Air quality and fire engineering. Interdisciplinary research by many faculty and their groups is also carried out across inter-departmental programs and centers, such as Materials and Science and Engineering (MS&E), Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and the Winston Chung Energy Center. Faculty directed research is sponsored by federal agencies (NSF, NIH, DOE, ARO, AFOSR, USDAFS, ONR, etc.), state agencies (Cal Trans, CIEE, UCTC, etc.), and industrial sponsors (Raytheon, Aeptec, Lockheed, Bourns Inc., 3M, etc.).Highlights of the ME graduate program include active, modern and inter/multidisciplinary research programs rapidly growing in size and prestige, combined with the diversity, personal advising and close contact with all faculty.

More Information

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Location & Contact

Bourns College of Engineering
University of California, Riverside

900 University Avenue WCH 446
Riverside, CA 92521
United States

Dr. Chinya V. Ravishankar

Associate Dean Graduate Studies

Phone: 951-827-5318

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Computer Science Master of Science and PhD
    • Materials Science and Engineering Master of Science and PhD
    • Bioengineering Master of Science and PhD
    • Mechanical Engineering Master of Science and PhD
    • Materials Science and Engineering Master of Science and PhD
    • Electrical Engineering Master of Science and PhD


25% of applicants are admitted.

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2403
    • Accepted 609
    • Acceptance Rate 25
    • Enrolled 248

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$17,000
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) for one year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submit
    • Application deadlines for financial awards
    • Types of financial support availablePhD students are usually fully-funded, Application fees for domestic students are covered

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