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Develop your expertise in nanotechnology and become an engineering leader with one of the nation’s most innovative nanotechnology master’s programs. The UCR online Master of Science in Engineering with a specialization in Materials at the Nanoscale is an exploration of nanoscale processes and applications, including the design, synthesis and processing of nanostructured materials. Coursework covers a variety of high-level topics in nanoscience, including microelectromechanical systems and crystal structure, bonding and defects.

Program Highlights:
Designed for Completion in 13 Months

100% Online Coursework

No Residency Requirement

Three Available Start Dates

Master of Science in


Master of Engineering


While a Master of Engineering Management program may focus primarily on business, our online Master of Science in Engineering delivers a calibrated blend of advanced technical skills and management strategy. The result is a transformational education that’s building a new generation of globally conscious, innovative leaders in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Why a Master's Degree

In Nanoengineering?

Online nanotechnology master's degree programs are more than exercises in education — they are investments that can pay big dividends in your professional future. A master's in nanotechnology can open doors to a number of rewarding careers.

Chemists and materials scientists, for example, earn a median salary of nearly $90,000 a year and a high-end salary of nearly $135,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Materials engineers earn a median salary in excess of $85,000, with high-range pay of more than $130,000.

Medical scientists can earn as much as $150,000, while BLS projections have almost 14,000 new jobs coming to the field between 2012 and 2022. Continue reading for more details about some of the exciting job opportunities for professionals with an advanced engineering degree.


Nanotechnology graduate programs can pave the way for a number of different career paths. Here are just a few possibilities.

Materials Engineer

Pursue an exciting career creating materials and products at the atomic level. Materials engineers draw on nanoscience and engineering to design, build and test products in a variety of industries including aerospace, communications and defense. A graduate engineering program can provide you with the nanotechnology background to make your mark as a leader in materials engineering.

Medical Scientist

Use your advanced engineering education to help people live happy, healthy lives. Medical scientists conduct and interpret clinical trials and other research to promote population health around the world. A master's in engineering from UC Riverside can provide you with the nanoscience tools and leadership abilities to impact humanity through medical research.


Draw on your UCR education to thrive at the forefront of atomic and molecular science. Chemists conduct groundbreaking research in the ways substances react with one another to make advances in a number of different professional arenas. A master's in nanoscience engineering can help you make a name for yourself as a leader in the scientific community.

Who Should Choose

a Master's in Nanotechnology Engineering?

Online nanotechnology master's degree programs can prepare you to succeed in management roles and improve your earning potential. The UCR online M.S. in Engineering is designed to help you make major strides in your career by providing you with modern leadership abilities and technical skills. Our program is delivered in a convenient 100% online format, allowing you to earn your degree in as few as 13 months without interrupting your employment. In fact, your employer may cover some, if not all, of the program costs.

Whether you already specialize in nanoscale engineering or you're looking to shift your career focus, our program can help you become a cross-functional leader who can manage teams across multiple disciplines. If you have engineering experience or a bachelor's in engineering, regardless of emphasis, we invite you to learn more about the program.



Our master's in nanotechnology features coursework that is focused on engineering at the nanoscale, including:

MSE 210 Crystal Structure and Bonding
MSE 201 Thermodynamic Foundation in Materials
MSE 238 Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems
MSE 248 Nanoscale Science and Engineering

*Curriculum subject to change.

Rankings & Accreditation

  • Rankings

    The University of California, Riverside has been recognized by a number of academic publications for a variety of different programs and attributes. In 2013, Leiden Ranking named UC Riverside No. 10 in the world for natural sciences and engineering. In its most recent graduate school rankings, U.S. News & World Report counted UC Riverside among the top 33 percent of engineering schools in the nation. The publication also ranked UCR No. 12 in diversity, an honor that reflects our longstanding commitment to cultural, professional and geographical diversity.

  • Accreditation

    The University of California, Riverside is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Regional accreditation assures students that UC Riverside meets the highest standards in terms of learning opportunities and a commitment to self-improvement.

  • Military Friendly

    Victory Media selected UC Riverside as a "Military Friendly School" for 2015, acknowledging our longstanding commitment to providing educational opportunities for transitioning veterans. The list recognizes only the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to assist U.S. military service members and veterans as students.