Chile-University of California Partnership

UC Merced

The University of California at Merced is excited to welcome individuals participating in the Chile-California Program on Human Capital Development. UC Merced opened its doors in September 2005, becoming the 10th campus in the renowned University of California system. As a new campus, UC Merced continues the University of California’s tradition of providing students a world-class education, accessibility and public service while adding a special blend of personalized attention and interdisciplinary research.

Already in our fifth year of existence, UC Merced professors and researchers have acquired nearly $75 million in grants, one of the highest per-capita in the country. With a graduate student population of 230 students and growing, its no wonder UC Merced is attracting the best and brightest students from all over the world. In addition, UC Merced has already distinguished itself as one of the most diverse universities with close to 50% of our student population from underrepresented groups.

Please take some time to explore graduate life at UC Merced. We would love to have you join our growing campus community.

Graduate Academic Programs (Master and Ph.D.)

Merced offers nine interdisciplinary graduate programs centered around research institutes. Before you apply to any graduate program, it is important that you do your preliminary research. Reading the faculty's Web pages, articles, and/or books will provide you with a window into their research to see if it matches your future interests. In many cases, you can contact the department to see if current graduates students are available to answer questions about their experience in the department. For more information, please visit the Graduate Division at

Please select from below to learn more about our graduate programs:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Environmental Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Quantitative and Systems Biology
  • Social and Cognitive Sciences
  • World Cultures
  • Research Institutes and Centers

    The distinguishing feature of UC Merced’s graduate programs is their interdisciplinary nature, which provides a breadth of knowledge that helps put studies into a wider context. To learn more about UC Merced’s research institutes and centers, please select from below:

  • Sierra Nevada Research Institute
  • Health Sciences Research Institute
  • UC Merced Energy Research Institute
  • Center for Computational Biology
  • Center for Excellence in Health Disparities
  • Roy Family Genome Center
  • UC Merced Stem Cell Research Consortium
  • Applying to and Preparing for UC Merced

    The Graduate Division's How to Apply web page provides directions about applying to UC Merced for graduate school. Chilean students should also consult UC Merced’s International Students and Scholars website for information specific to student Visas, TOEFL testing, and living in Merced.

    Virtual Tour of the UC Merced Campus

    Students who are unable to come to UC Merced for a campus visit, can take a virtual tour of our beautiful campus.

    Graduate Division Help Desk

    If you have questions about the admissions process or need further advice and assistance, please contact UC Merced’s Graduate Division at (209) 228-4723 or