Application Instructions

Application Deadline: December 1st

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and International students are invited to apply to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD Program. Your electronic application will be composed of the UCSB Graduate Division on-line application, statement of purpose, personal history and diversity statement (PH&DS), resume/CV, official transcripts, electronic copies of transcripts, 3 letters of recommendation, and official TOEFL scores (international applicants only). 

NOTEYour completed application must be received by the deadline in order to be eligible for any type of financial support (including, but not limited to, fellowships, stipends, summer funding opportunities, and employment as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Student Researcher).  Applications will not be accepted after December 1st.

The application process is highly competitive; it is critical that applicants meet all of the eligibility requirements outlined below.  Admitted international applicants will have high written and spoken English language competency, significant research experience, and strong letters of recommendation.  They also must pass an oral English language exam administered by the UC Santa Barbara English for Multilingual Students program in order to become eligible for employment as a Teaching Assistant.  In preparation for this exam, admitted international students may be asked to arrive 2-3 weeks prior to the start of New Grad Academic Training


  • Degree: Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, with a major appropriate to the proposed graduate program.
  • G.P.A.: Grade point average or equivalent of 3.0 or above.
  • TOEFL Scores (international applicants only): International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Required minimum TOEFL scores for admission are 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 213 Computer-Based Test (CBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).
  • Deadline to Apply: For consideration for fellowships and other forms of financial support, complete applications (including all items listed below) must be received by December 1st.

Application Checklist: All of the following must be submitted by December 1st.

  • Online Application with Application Fee: Complete the Graduate Division online application and pay the application fee.
  • Statement of Purpose: Upload your Statement of Purpose. Be sure to include your research interests and potential faculty advisors in your; multiple research areas and faculty can and should be included. 
  • Personal History and Diversity Statement (PH&DS): Upload your Personal History and Diversity Statement (PH&DS).  Include aspects of your personal background, accomplishments, or achievements that you feel are important in evaluating your application for graduate study.
  • Resume/CV: Upload your resume or CV.  Be sure to include all positions and experience that may be relevant to the Graduate Admissions Committee.  
  • Transcripts: Upload all pages of your official transcript(s) from each institution attended.  Please note, if transcripts are not in English, you must include the original language transcript and certified English translation.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted electronically through your online application.
  • TOEFL Scores (international applicants only): Request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to report official TOEFL scores to the UCSB Graduate Division.  The institution code is 4835.  A department code is not required.

Chemistry Graduate Program

For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page and/or Graduate Divisions FAQ's.