UC Riverside

Colleges, Divisions and Schools

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UC Riverside offers departments, colleges and degrees as dynamic and diverse as its student populace. Students and faculty work together to form a supportive learning environment that helps make a difference in the world through education and research.

UCR’s academic departments are organized into colleges, divisions and schools. Read on to learn more about each.


There are three colleges at UCR, each encompassing wide-ranging subjects of study. These colleges are:

  • Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE)
    With a goal of producing engineers with the knowledge to serve rapidly changing technology and conducting cutting-edge research, the college stands as a catalyst for industrial growth in Inland Southern California, the state and the world.
  • College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences (CHASS)
    With a total of 20 different departments, the vast array of human experiences stands as the focus for CHASS. This unique combination of the arts, humanities, and social sciences creates an environment that fosters both creativity and learning.
  • College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)
    Thirteen different departments within three divisions covering the whole of physical, biological, mathematical and agricultural sciences make up this college. The university’s roots as a Citrus Experiment Station can be found within the college’s atmosphere of intimacy and excellence, diversity and distinction, and prestige and preeminence.


UC Riverside has four stand-alone graduate/professional school programs.

  • School of Business
    The school is made up of the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and the Undergraduate Business Program. AGSM is home to a full-time/part-time MBA program, an Executive MBA (EMBA) program, and a Ph.D. in business administration. The undergraduate program is the largest in the UC system and educates students in the art of science and management. Emphasis is placed upon students learning to work and compete in real-world business situations.
  • Graduate School of Education (GSOE)
    A professional school responsible for linking research, instruction, and service in the field of education. GSOE faculty and students work with a number of programs designed to help educators at all levels take on today's toughest education challenges. Areas of emphasis include working more effectively with students with cognitive disorders, including autism.
  • School of Medicine
    Opened in 2013, this new medical school is educating the next generation of physicians for the medically underserved Inland Southern California region, including the Thomas Haider Program at the UCR School of Medicine, which provides a unique pathway into medical school for UCR students. In addition to the M.D. degree, the school offers a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences designed to train independent researchers able to bridge the gap between basic science research and clinical medicine. Pre-med student pipeline programs designed to prepare students for careers in the health professions are also directed by the school.
  • School of Public Policy
    For virtually every challenge facing growing communities worldwide, UCR is pioneering bold and practical solutions. Working in partnership with communities, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in our own backyard and around the world, our School of Public Policy faculty and students bring fresh thinking to the complex challenges of poverty, crime, healthcare, education, pollution, water and energy security, immigration, sustainability, climate change and more.


Each of the university’s divisions is an independent, yet subordinate, administrative unit.

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