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Beginnings Sculpture on the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey quad at sunrise

“I have a twice-weekly lunch with my advisor, and I see her every day in her office. Everyone is very excited about their research. It’s a younger group and it shows in their enthusiasm, not only in their own research, but also in getting other people involved in it.”
Jason Davis, Applied Mathematics

Located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, UC Merced is the 10th and newest University of California campus. As a graduate student at UC Merced, you will enjoy the benefits of a major research university with the bonus of personal attention from your faculty advisor.

Our graduate programs offer an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide an innovative and hands-on learning experience. Students have access to UC Merced's distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Working alongside leading scholars, students can participate in groundbreaking research that crosses and links a wide array of disciplines. Also, UC Merced has created partnerships with signature research entities, such as the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, World Cultures Institute, and the National Park Services. These partnerships offer intellectual, revolutionary and cutting-edge opportunities. At UC Merced, your research makes a difference.

UC Merced has a vibrant and close-knit graduate student community. Our student population is diverse and includes students from all over the world. As part of the student body, your experiences and achievements will contribute to the traditions and cultures of the campus as well as the community.

Learn more about our graduate programs here.