University of California graduate admissions


As the first American research university of the 21st century, UC Merced's graduate community is built upon the foundational pillars of diversity and interdisciplinarity.

UC Merced graduate programs prepare the next generation of experts whose scholarship and research will contribute innovative, creative solutions to regional, national, and global concerns. Innovative academic programs, close working relationships between students and faculty, and a commitment to research excellence facilitate exploration of sustainable energy, antibiotic resistance, genomics, nanotechnology, language acquisition, robotics, social movements and more.

At UC Merced, the diversity in backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of faculty, students and staff contributes to the vitality and richness of the campus and the wider San Joaquin Valley. The campus is deeply committed to sustainability and environmental stewardship, with innovative facilities and operations, and unprecedented conservation of surrounding wilderness areas.

The city of Merced offers a low cost of living and high quality of life, with plenty to do on campus and in the downtown area, with its emerging arts and cultural centers. The campus is next door to Lake Yosemite and the city is surrounded by streams, parks and an extensive bike path system. It’s also close enough for day trips to San Francisco, Sacramento and Yosemite National Park.

UC Merced is home to the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar), the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, the Health Sciences Research Institute and other signature research institutes, providing opportunities for students to work with internationally acclaimed researchers and access to powerful research facilities. In addition, the Center for the Humanities offers stellar lectures by prominent public intellectuals and cultural events.

Faculty members have attracted more than $188 million in research funding. Most recently, two new graduate training grants from NASA and NIH totaled over $6 million and will foster future student research. UC Merced has completed an ambitious campus expansion that will further position the university for academic and research distinction and continued student success. The award-winning $1.3 billion project increases access to higher education for thousands of students, while doubling the available space on campus.

Graduate Programs

Explore the many graduate (master’s and Ph.D.) degrees UC Merced offers and learn how you can become part of our growing campus community. Review UC Merced's general degree information and guidelines and to request more information about any program, please fill out the Inquiry Form.

Contact information

UC Merced Graduate Division
Graduate studies contact:
(209) 228-4723