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What will I learn?

Biophysics is a major area of study and research in the life sciences, attracting diverse students and faculty with a wide variety of research interests within a cohesive environment. The field of Biophysics has been well represented at UC Riverside and continues to grow. UCR offers a Ph.D. in Biophysics as well as an M.S. degree. Read on to find out more about what the Biophysics program has to offer.

The interdepartmental graduate program in Biophysics has participating faculty from the departments of Biochemistry; Bioengineering; Biomedical Sciences; Botany and Plant Sciences; Chemistry; Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; Mathematics; and Physics and Astronomy.

The goal of the program is to promote teaching, training and research in the field of Biophysics. Areas of specialization include biological electron transfer, computational/ mathematical modeling of biological systems, structural biology, neurobiophysics, imaging and protein engineering. Biophysicists are needed by institutions of higher learning, and by federal, state and private research organizations.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (6 quarters)

Tuition fees
US$32,287.86 per year
Application deadline

Expected March, June 2023

Start date

Expected March, June, September 2023


College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Geology Building, Room 2258,

900 University Avenue,



92521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered by the University of California. A minimum 3.20 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate or graduate coursework. Admission may be justified if you have a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19, if you have a high GRE score and/or strong academic letters of recommendation. If your GPA is below 3.0, you are ineligible.

For international students

Students must have a B.A. or B.S. degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry, Physics or in a related field from an accredited institution and an academic record that satisfies the minimum admission standards established by the UCR Graduate Division.

English Language Requirement: TOEFL - The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT; IELTS - The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component.

Application deadline: Summer - March 1st; Fall - June 1st; Winter - September 1st; Spring - December 1st.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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