The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides exciting opportunities for graduate study and research at the cutting edge of modern chemical science. The department is among the best in the country. We feature high caliber faculty and state-of-the-art facilities in all areas of chemistry, including the traditional sub-disciplines (biochemistry, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, and theoretical). Interdisciplinary collaboration with scientists, nationally and internationally, as well as with other departments and organized research units on campus, is encouraged and supported.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry also offers a joint two-year program, with the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. Students spend their first year working on an MA in Chemistry and year two is spent working on a Single Subject Credential in Chemistry. *Please note this is a seperate program with different requirements and deadlines
All applicants can check their application status online. The admission decisions (Admitted, Admitted Provisionally, Admitted with Hold, Denied, and Incomplete) will be accessible to applicants on the application status web site. Due to a recent policy change, international students are no longer required to submit a pre-application or secure a faculty sponsor. Instead, they are invited to apply to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD program directly. See the Application Instructions for details.
Admitted students complete and submit the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) electronically. This form allows prospective students to officially inform the Department and the UCSB Graduate Division of their decision to accept or decline the offer of admission. If the offer of admission is accepted, the student's information will be transmitted to the Office of the Registrar. Applications will be closed for those students who inform us they will not be attending.
The UCSB Graduate Division will notify all applicants via email when a final decision has been made on the application and the application status will be updated with the decision result. If applicable, admitted students who meet eligibility requirements will receive a financial offer letter from the department via email. Because each application is carefully reviewed by a representative committee of faculty members, this process is carried out over a period of several months. Some applicants will receive an admissions decision as early as January, while others will not receive notification that a decision has been made until mid-March.
Departmental Visits For Admitted Students
Admitted domestic students will receive an email invitation to one of our visitation events, typically in late February and early March. More information and specific dates will be provided upon admittance. Attendance is dependent on space availability.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional information is available on our FAQs page.