How to Apply

Ph.D. Program

Please note that we have two PhD programs - Chemistry Graduate Program, and Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology (BMSB) Graduate Program.

Also note that UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry department does not offer a Master's degree program. 

Application Deadlines

  • The deadline for Chemistry applications is December 1, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
  • The deadline for Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology (BMSB) applications is December 5, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
 

Application Fees

  • $105: U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • $125: All other applicants
 
Fee waivers are available for applicants who participated in an eligible program or demonstrate financial need. There are no exceptions. To see if you are eligible, visit the Fee Waiver section in https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/research-requirements/
 
 

Application 

Complete the UCLA Graduate Application (https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/admission-application-for-graduate-admission/). You will create an application account and you may complete the application throughout multiple sessions by logging back in. Complete all required sections. 
University regulations do not permit an applicant to apply to more than one major. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry does not participate in concurrent or articulated degree programs. 
 
 

Cohort Data

Click on this link for information about Chemistry Ph.D 2014-2018 incoming student profiles, including: gender, citizenship, and ethnicity/race. 
 
Click on this link for information about BMSB Ph.D 2014-2018 incoming student profiles, including: gender, citizenship, and ethnicity/race.
 
 

 

 How to Apply - US Domestic Students

REQUIRED MATERIALS: 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The general GRE test is required for all applicants. 
Self-report your score and upload an unofficial copy.
If you self-report your test scores on the application, we will accept your official GRE score after the application deadline.
The subject GRE test is not required for domestic applicants (i.e. US Citizens and Permanent Residents) but applicants may report their subject exam if they choose to do so. 
If you take more than one GRE exam, you may input your best scores for each section into the application and upload all unofficial copies.
Request that all official GRE scores be sent to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 
GRE Codes
GRE UCLA code: R4837
Chemistry department: 0301
Biochemistry department: 0202
 
 

Transcripts & GPA

Report your undergraduate GPA in the correct fields. The minimum cumulative GPA for graduate applicants is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (“B” average). You will have the option to report your major GPA.  
Upload one copy of a transcript for each institution you attended for your undergraduate degree and if applicable, graduate degree. 
UCLA does not require your official transcript unless you are accepted into the program. If you are accepted, we will request that you send official transcripts. Uploaded unofficial copies are sufficient for the application. 
 
 

Statement of Purpose

State your purpose for applying to the Chemistry or BMSB doctoral programs. Describe your scholarly and research area(s) of interest, experiences that contributed to your preparation in the field, and your plans for your future occupation or profession. Briefly describe experiences that have prepared you for advanced study or research, and provide any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. You are encouraged to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors.
We do not have a maximum or minimum length requirement, though the recommended length is 1-2 pages double-spaced with 1” margins. 
 

Personal History Statement

A personal history statement is required when applying for certain fellowships, such as the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. The statement has a 8000 character-limit. 
For information on what information to include, visit: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/funding-for-entering-student...
 

Research Statement

Describe your research experience and interests in the Research Experience section. 
In the Faculty of Interest section, report the top 3 faculty members you are interested in working with. 
For the Chemistry program, the application will prompt you to pick your top 3 specialization choices. 
 

3 Letters of Recommendation are required

Input the name and email address of each recommender. UCLA will send an automated email with instructions to your recommender. Your recommender will have the opportunity to complete the evaluation online and upload their letter (pdf format). The letters must come directly from your recommender and cannot be mailed by the student. Recommendation letters must be uploaded by the deadline.
Your recommenders will be able to submit their letters of recommendation once your application is submitted. 
 

English-language exam 

Domestic students who received their degree from a university outside the United States or in a country where English is not the primary spoken language nor the medium of instruction must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Visit this website for more information: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/english-requirements/
Minimum TOEFL & IEFLS requirements:
  • TOEFL: Your overall TOEFL score must be an 87 or higher. The department requires a minimum speaking score of 24. 
  • IELTS: Your overall IELTS band score must be 7.0 or higher. The department requires a minimum speaking score of 7.0.
  • TOEFL codes
  • Institution code: 4837
  • Chemistry: 62
  • Biochemistry (BMSB): 34
 

Documents to be uploaded by applicant:

statement of purpose, resume or CV, unofficial transcript(s), unofficial GRE scores, Diversity statement (if applicable), publications (if applicable), fee US Domestic Studentswaiver program or financial verification (if applicable), unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)

A writing sample is not required for our department. If the system continues to prompt you to upload a writing sample, you may upload a document that states “not required”. 
 
 

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Once you have checked that your application is complete and all information is correct, you should pay the application fee or submit a fee waiver. 
   Fee waiver eligibility:     https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/research-requirements/
 

Please note that paying the application fee does not mean you submitted the application. After you pay, the system will prompt you to submit your application.

 

 

How to Apply - International Students

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The general GRE test is required for all applicants. 
The subject GRE test is required for Chemistry international applicants, but not BMSB applicants.
Chemistry international applicants should register for the Chemistry subject GRE exam early as it may be offered only 1-2 times annually in some countries. 
Self-report your GRE scores and upload an unofficial copy to the application.
If you self-report your test scores on the application, we will accept your official GRE score after the application deadline.
If you take more than one GRE exam, you may input your best scores for each section into the application and upload all unofficial copies.
Request that all official GRE scores be sent to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 
GRE Codes
GRE UCLA code: R4837
Chemistry department: 0301
Biochemistry department: 0202
 

English-language exam: TOEFL or IELTS

International applicants who received their undergraduate degree outside the United States or in another country where English is not the primary spoken language of daily life and not the medium of instruction must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam 
Minimum TOEFL & IEFLS requirements:
TOEFL: Your overall TOEFL score must be an 87 or higher. The department requires a minimum speaking score of 24. 
IELTS: Your overall IELTS band score must be 7.0 or higher. The department requires a minimum speaking score of 7.0.
Visit this website for more information: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/english-requirements/
TOEFL codes
Institution code: 4837
Chemistry: 62
Biochemistry (BMSB): 34
 

Transcripts

Upload one copy of a transcript for each institution you attended for your undergraduate degree and if applicable, graduate degree. 
Submit two copies of your official transcripts to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. One copy in English and one copy in the language of instruction are required.
Once you graduate, request that two copies of your diploma and certificate be mailed to our department. One copy in English and one copy in the language of instruction are required.
 

Statement of Purpose

State your purpose for applying to the Chemistry or BMSB doctoral programs. Describe your scholarly and research area(s) of interest, experiences that contributed to your preparation in the field, and your plans for your future occupation or profession. Briefly describe experiences that have prepared you for advanced study or research, and provide any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. You are encouraged to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors.
We do not have a maximum or minimum length requirement, though the recommended length is 1-2 pages double-spaced with 1” margins. 
 

Personal History Statement

A personal history statement is required when applying for certain fellowships, such as the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. The statement has a 8000 character-limit. 
For information on what information to include, visit: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/funding-for-entering-student...
 

Research Statement

Describe your research experience and interests in the Research Experience section. 
In the Faculty of Interest section, report the top 3 faculty members you are interested in working with. 
For the Chemistry program, the application will prompt you to pick your top 3 specialization choices. 
 

3 Letters of Recommendation are required

Input the name and email address of each recommender. UCLA will send an automated email with instructions to your recommender. Your recommender will have the opportunity to complete the evaluation online and upload their letter (pdf format). The letters must come directly from your recommender and cannot be mailed by the student. Recommendation letters must be uploaded by the deadline.
Your recommenders will be able to submit their letters of recommendation once your application is submitted. 
 
Documents to be uploaded by applicant: statement of purpose, resume or CV, unofficial transcript(s), unofficial general and subject GRE scores, Diversity statement (if applicable), publications (if applicable), fee waiver program or financial verification (if applicable), unofficial TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)
 
A writing sample is not required for our department. If the system continues to prompt you to upload a writing sample, you may upload a document that states “not required”. 
 
 

SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Once you have checked that your application is complete and all information is correct, you should pay the application fee or submit a fee waiver. 
Only students in certain programs or who meet the financial requirements are eligible for a fee waiver, no exceptions.
Fee Waiver Eligibility:  Please visit this website for more information on fee waiver eligibility:   https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/research-requirements/
 
Please note that paying the application fee does not mean you submitted the application. After you pay, the system will prompt you to submit your application. 
 

 

 

Graduate Office Address:

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Graduate Offic

University of California, Los Angeles
4009 Young Hall, BOX 95159
607 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569
 

 

If you experience technical difficulties with your application, please contact technical support: onlineapphelp@grad.ucla.edu or call (310) 206-3411

For application questions not addressed on this website, visit our FAQ site (link) or contact chemgrad@chem.ucla.edu

For general UCLA Graduate Division requirements and common application questions, please visit UCLA’s Graduate Division website: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/