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Grad Studies: A Lifetime of Discovery

UC Merced is where you will take the next steps into your future, whether your interests lie in the sciences, engineering, social sciences or humanities.

Postdoc Support - Resources & Info

Financing Your Graduate Education

 97% of our Ph.D. students receive full financial support each semester in the form of Teaching Assistantships (TA), Graduate Student Research (GSR) assistantships, and/or fellowships.  Plus, the large majority of our Ph.D. students receive support used for research, educational, and living costs during the summer.

GROW 2017 (Graduate Orientation Week)

Diversity, Inclusivity, Innovation and Creativity

The University of California, Merced is dedicated to cutting edge research and innovation to develop the best new ideas for the benefit of society.  

Graduate Division Videos

Applied Mathematics

Biological Engineering & Small-Scale Technologies (BEST)

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Cognitive and Information Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Environmental Systems

Interdisciplinary Humanities

Mechanical Engineering

Quantitative and Systems Biology


Political Science

Psychological Sciences

“Research is founded on being able to figure out problems - our groups are so close that we all talk and know about each other’s projects, which really helps to inject interesting ideas and methods into our work.”
- Bridget Martinez
Quantitative & Systems Biology
“Our sociology graduate program is so diverse - it makes such a difference in the overall experience of being a student here.”
- Wendy Puquirre
“I chose UC Merced because I liked the idea of being part of a smaller group where the faculty knew who I was and were excited to work with me.”
- Neama Alamri
Interdisciplinary Humanities
“Many other options for graduate school seem to come prepackaged with a defined future, or to create only a specific type of graduate. UC Merced has encouraged me to forge my own path and has provided an opportunity to expand and contrast my interests at my own pace.”
- David Vinson
Cognitive & Informations Sciences
“The fact that this is a smaller school was very attractive to me. You can get to know everyone in your graduate cohort, and it’s a great environment for research.”
- Edwin Shen
Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies
“There’s so much academic freedom here; it’s a tremendously unique opportunity.”
- David Ando


Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

Dr. Song's primary research interest is adolescent and young adult decision-making as it pertains to risk behaviors.

Thomas G. Hansford
Associate Professor and chair of the Political Science Graduate Group

Associate Professor and chair of the Applied Mathematics Graduate Group

Professor and chair of the Physics Graduate Group

Associate Professor

Dr. Martini is the chair of the Mechanical Engineering graduate group. Her research focus is application of atomic-scale models and micro-scale friction measurements to understand fundamental mechanisms underlying tribological phenomena.

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of Environmental Systems


Dr. Brown is the Chair of Public Health and the Director of the  Health Sciences Research Institute at UC Merced. His research interests include Public Health Systems and Services Research (PHSSR), cancer prevention and control, discrete choice experiments, and behavioral economics. 


Dr. O'Day is the chair of the Environmental Systems graduate group. She studies the chemistry, reaction, and transport of inorganic contaminants and species, primarily metal and metalloid elements, in surface and subsurface systems.

Professor, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair, and Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group Chair

Associate Professor

Dr. Mostern is the chair of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group and the director of the Center for the Humanities and the Spatial Analysis and Research Center at UC Merced. 

Zulema Valdez
Associate Professor and chair of the Sociology graduate group

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ardell is the chair of the Quantitative & Systems Biology graduate program. His research focuses on computational biology and evolution of gene expression mechanisms. 

Associate Professor

Dr. McCloskey is the founder and first chair of the Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) graduate program and serves as the university liaison for the UC Systemwide Bioengineering Multicampus Research Unit.

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343
University of California, Merced
The first new American research university in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service.
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5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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