Applicants should have adequate undergraduate course work in:
- Chemistry (two years)
- Physics (one year)
- Calculus (one year)
- Statistics (one course)
- Biochemistry (one course)
- Biology (two years, including a course in genetics and two courses among cell, molecular, or developmental biology)
Applicants with strong academic records but with deficiencies in preparation for graduate training may be admitted and must make-up their deficiencies in the first two years of residence.
The Admission Committee thoroughly reviews each application and considers a variety of factors for admission. However, general requirements for admission include:
- Last two years' Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better and
- GRE Verbal and Quantitative Scores of 300 or better combined (this requirement is optional)
- TOEFL (for International Applicants) of 213 (computer) or 550 (paper) or 80 (Internet)
Although we do not require an M.S. degree for admission to our Ph.D. program, students with an M.S. must have a 3.0 GPA.
Please upload unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores for the review process. Official documents should not be sent unless requested by the Graduate Admissions office.
The more-than 2,000 Graduate students at UCR are an essential part of the university’s research teams and are full partners in the undergraduate teaching mission of the faculty.
Founded as an Agricultural Experiment Station in 1907, Riverside has the oldest roots of the UC's southern campuses.
UCR combines the intellectual and material resources of the UC system with a uniquely intimate research environment, fostering a type of frequent and high-powered faculty-student contact unavailable at other universities.
Graduate degrees at UCR are research degrees, certifying that students are trained in the techniques of independent inquiry and have demonstrated the capacity to make unique contributions to their fields.