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About the GPP in Engineering

The UC Riverside Bourns College of Engineering Graduate Preparation Program (GPP-E) is a uniquely tailored program aimed at providing students an immersive experience at a top ranked U.S. research university. The program allows students who have completed their third year of study to complete their fourth and final year at UC Riverside’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (3+1) with an available extension upon admittance to obtain a master’s or doctorate degree.

The Engineering Experience

  • Curricula with technical depth and diversity
  • World-class research faculty with a commitment to teaching
  • Small class sizes, creating a personalized learning environment
  • Focus on leadership skills
  • Preparation for the next career step
  • International-friendly community


Receive a transcript from one of the best public university systems in the U.S., the University of California (UC)

  • Get recommendation letters from renowned professors
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from your home university and prepare for your master's degree in Engineering at a top U.S. institution.
  • Immerse yourself in cultural and educational experiences in the U.S.
  • 93% of GPP-E students entered top 100 graduate schools
  • 53% who entered graduate school stayed at UCR to study (M.S., M.S. plus research, or Ph.D.)
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One-Year senior class (36 units):
-Senior Design
-Engineering Coursework
-Undergraduate Research
-In-Lab Opportunities
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Any of the following options:
1) GPP-E + 1 + 1
Master’s Degree with Comprehensive Examinations
2) GPP-E + 1 + 2
Master’s Degree with Thesis Defense
3) GPP-E + 1 + 5
Ph.D. degree

Programs of Study:

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-    Bioengineering
-    Chemical Engineering
-    Computer Engineering
-    Computer Science
-    Computer Science with Business Applications
-    Electrical Engineering
-    Environmental Engineering
-    Materials Science and Engineering
-    Mechanical Engineering

Senior Design Project

During the final year of study, students work together in groups of four or five to complete a yearlong, faculty mentored senior design project, mimicking a real-world research setting. Students select the topic of their choice to conduct research and present their findings to a faculty panel, with highly ranked project teams going on to compete against senior design projects across the State of California.


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Transferring Skills to the Research Lab

GPP-E students have extensive opportunities to become embedded in faculty research efforts. By working side-by-side with our experienced faculty members and their graduate teams, GPP-E students get a sneak peek into the life of a graduate student at an American university. Top performing students who show a dedicated effort may also have an opportunity to receive a recommendation letter from their faculty advisors for use in their graduate application packets.

  • Faculty mentored in-lab research experience
  • Empowers students in hands-on learning
  • Provides effective career preparation & promotes interests in graduate education
  • Develops critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, self-confidence, and intellectual independence
  • Promotes an innovation-oriented culture
  • Collaborates with others and work effectively as part of a team
  • Applies concepts learned in coursework to “real life” situations
  • Publish on peer reviewed journal as undergraduate students

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