The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) offers the opportunity for graduate study in specialized areas of mechanical engineering. It is composed of 26 faculty members and roughly 90 graduate students. We offer both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs with a large variety of research activities.
Completing the Application Process
The nonrefundable application fee must be paid online by credit card (VISA or MasterCard) prior to submission of your application. Please note that regardless of circumstances or application outcome, this fee is not refundable.
$120.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents
$140.00 for international/non-immigrant applicants
Application Fee Waiver
UCR students enrolled in the BS+MS Program can currently request an application waiver from the department office.
A limited amount of fee waivers for financial hardship are available for qualified applicants who are a U.S. citizen or current Permanent Resident. Please visit https://graduate.ucr.edu/fee-waivers for more detail. Fee waiver is not available for international students.
Transcripts of Academic Record
Requirement: GPA equivalent to 3.0 or higher.
All hard copies of official transcripts should be mailed to:
ME GSAO c/o Grad Adviser
Mechanical Engineering Dept., UCR
3401 Watkins Drive
Riverside, CA, 92507, USA
E-Transcripts can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is very important that all transcripts be sent directly to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program. If they are sent to any other office, the review of your application will be delayed. You must submit one official copy of transcripts from ALL academic institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school). There are two ways to do this:
Have official copies of your transcripts sent directly from the Registrar of the academic institution
Request official copies and send them yourself in the original sealed University envelopes. DO NOT OPEN THEM.
Records submitted for review may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you or sent elsewhere.
It is very important that all transcripts be sent directly to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program. If they are sent to any other office, the review of your application will be delayed. Applicants are required to submit an official copy of transcripts and degree certificates that are in the original language accompanied by certified English translations from each academic institution attended after secondary school. Specially prepared English versions are not acceptable in place of documents issued in the original language. If translations are not available from the institution itself, they may be prepared by government or official translators. For translations to be acceptable, they must bear the stamp or seal of the issuing institution or governmental agency and the original signature of the translator. They must be complete and exact word-for-word translations of the original documents, not interpretations. Grades must not be converted to a US scale. These records should be sent directly from the Registrars Office of the academic institutions you have attended to the Mechanical Engineering graduate program. If this service is not available, applicants may also request official signed copies and send them in the institutions' original sealed envelopes. Official records are original documents issued by the institution which bear the actual signature of the registrar in ink and the seal of the issuing institution. Notarized documents are not acceptable.
Records submitted for review may not be borrowed, photocopied, returned to you or sent elsewhere.
Graduate Record Exam
Updated 11/30/2021. For the Fall 2022 admission cycle, we are now accepting Ph.D applications without the GRE score if the applicant has not been able to take the test. Please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com, if you need additional assistance.
M.S. Application Requirement: GRE is not required to apply to the ME M.S. program.
Ph.D. Application Requirement: GRE is now waived for fall 2022.
Verification of English Proficiency
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
If your country/region’s test availability is impacted due to COVID-19, we recommend submitting your application without the TOEFL score first, and upload/send your test score when it becomes available. If test centers in your region continues to be closed through January 2021, please contact us about a potential waiver of TOEFL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not earned an advanced degree at an institution where English is the exclusive language of instruction must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This exam is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and offered in nearly every country abroad. This exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the written exam; 213 for the computer-based exam, and 80 for the internet-based exam (iBT). Dates and information for TOEFL may be obtained by consulting or by calling 1-877-863-3546. Keep in mind that it may take up to two weeks for test scores to reach us from ETS.
Be sure to list the institution code for UCR as R4839.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
If your country/region’s test availability is impacted due to COVID-19, we recommend submitting your application without the IELTS score first, and upload/send your test score when it becomes available. If test centers in your region continues to be closed through January 2021, please contact us about a potential waiver of IELTS at email@example.com.
UCR will accept scores from the Academic Modules of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. The exam must be taken within two years of the time you intend to enroll at UCR. The minimum acceptable score is an overall band score of 7 with no individual section score less than 6. Please request an official Test Report Form (TRF) of your IELTS. Remember to order the TRF from the test center where you took the test and ask the administrator to send the official TRF to:
Graduate Admissions Office
University Office Building
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521 USA
For more information about registering for this exam or to locate the office of any test center, consult the IELTS website.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required in support of your applications for admission. At least two of these letters should be requested from professors in your major subject. If you are currently enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree, a letter of recommendation is required from your program or thesis advisor in that program. Applicants are not permitted to inspect letters of recommendation in their UCR application files. If you are admitted to UCR and enroll, you may then have access to your letters of recommendation unless you previously waived the right of access on the form.
Applicants must enter their three recommenders profile and contact information directly into the electronic application. Recommenders will be notified by email and provided instructions about how to submit a letter online. All letters of recommendation must be received electronically so they are attached to the appropriate applicant file for review. Hard copy Letters of Recommendation are not accepted.
Why Choose Mechanical Engineering at UC Riverside?
Cutting-edge research activities by a young and energetic ME faculty span seven broad areas. They include energy processing, bio-applications, nano and microscale engineering, computation and design, materials properties and processing, multiphase flow and combustion, and air quality and fire engineering. 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, W.M. Keck Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bourns Inc., etc.)
ME faculty participate in a wide range of college-wide and campus-wide research centres and initiatives. Various ME faculty are associated with the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), which works closely with industry to transition to broad application technologies such as autonomous vehicles, biofuels, engines that use alternative fuels and computer models of highway air quality. ME faculty play a crucial role in the Winston Chung Energy Center, which focuses on the development of materials and devices for energy storage. Such technologies could dramatically increase the range of electric vehicles, enabling their widespread use with all its beneficial effects with respect of pollution and air quality. ME faculty also participate in the UC Riverside Stem Cell Center by developing devices for the precise manipulation of stem cells, thus offering new engineering tools to enable the development of regenerative medicine techniques.
Several forms of financial assistance are available to 90% our graduate students. Financial assistance includes fellowships, teaching assistantships (TA) or graduate student researcher (GSR) appointments, and tuition and fee grants. Offers of financial assistance may be multiyear, combining fellowship and TA and/or GSR appointments. Other forms of support are need-based and administered through the Office of Financial Aid.
National & International Recognition
UC Riverside is regularly recognized as a top institution for graduate education, both nationally and internationally. Recent examples include:
- 22nd in the World, North America, and the U.S. (2016 CWTS Leiden)
- Top quartile of all ME programs worldwide (2016 Shanghai)
- Top quartile of all ME programs in the U.S. (2010 National Academies National Research Council)
Each of these rankings are particularly noteworthy, given their reliance upon objective measurements of research productivity, quality, impact, and influence, rather than purely subjective opinion.
Diversity & Location
The U.S. News & World Report (2015) ranked UCR highly in several categories including 7th in the nation in diversity. Located in the heart of Inland Southern California, the City of Riverside is an exciting, diverse, urban center with a population of 270,000. It's the largest city in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. With its beautiful, historic downtown — anchored by the world famous Mission Inn Hotel — it is a multi-cultural hub of arts and culture.
The ME department is seeking disciplined and creative graduate students to work with faculty on innovative research in a challenging, yet collaborative environment. Graduate students can earn a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering while taking part in an interdisciplinary program that is heavily engaged with campus colleges, system-wide research centers, other leading universities and industry leaders. Students also can pursue a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering through our online master’s program.
Faculty Graduate Advisor (Enrolled Students)