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Graduate Admissions


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

  • Application Fee

    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.

    $135.00 for U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents
    $155.00 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 for more detail. Fee waiver is not available for international students. 



  • Transcripts of Academic Record

    Requirement: GPA equivalent to 3.0 or higher.

    Unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended after secondary school (high school) must be uploaded directly on the online Graduate Application.  International applicants are required to submit unofficial copies of transcripts and degree certificates in the original language and in English. 


    Domestic Applicant

    It is very important that all transcripts be uploaded directly to the online Graduate Application. If they are sent to any other office, the review of your application will be delayed. You must submit one unofficial copy of transcripts from ALL academic institutions you have attended since high school (secondary school). Please do not mail in physical copies of transcripts. 

    International Applicants

    It is very important that all transcripts be uploaded directly to the online Graduate Application. If they are sent to any other office, the review of your application will be delayed. Applicants are required to submit one unofficial 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.  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. Please do not mail in physical copies of transcripts. 

  • Graduate Record Exam

    M.S. Application Requirement: GRE is not required to apply to the ME M.S. program.

    Ph.D. Application Requirement: GRE is not required to apply to the ME Ph.D. program.



  • Verification of English Proficiency

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

    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)

    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
    Graduate Division
    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?

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.

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Joaquin Barraza
Graduate Student Affairs Officer III
(951) 827-2115


Denise Lua
Graduate Student Affairs Assistant
(951) 827-5578


Kaitlyn Etzweiler 
Graduate Student Affairs Assistant
(951) 827-5572

Faculty Graduate Advisor (Enrolled Students)

Chen Li
Associate Professor
(951) 827-5842

Faculty Graduate Advisor (Applicants)

Bhargav Rallabandi 
Assistant Professor

Department Chair

Guanshui Xu

Our Alumni