Physical Sciences

Chemistry & Biochemistry (CH75)

The department offers an Umbrella Program for the PhD reflective of the depth and breadth of contemporary research undertaken within Chemistry and Biochemistry. The umbrella program encompasses seven different tracks from which students can choose. The tracks are overlapping in terms of course work and research advisers.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry

Biochemistry and Biophysics

Chemical Biology

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Quantitative Biology

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Department Chemistry & Biochemistry
Major Chemistry & Biochemistry
Degree Master of Science
Admissions Terms Fall, Winter, Spring
Additional Notes

Only UC San Diego undergraduate students that are continuing their research with their advisor are eligible to apply directly to the MS Thesis Research Program (available for Fall, Winter, and Spring of 2017). All other MS applicants may apply only to the MS Coursework program for Fall 2017.

Application Deadlines March 30, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

1000 word limit is recommended.

Resume/CV

Recommended

Additional Requirements

If you already have an agreement to do research under the direction of a Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor, the MS Thesis Agreement Form is highly recommended. It is an agreement between you and your research advisor. Please have your research advisor fill it out, print, sign, and then upload to your application.

Contact Info

Website http://chemistry.ucsd.edu
Email chemgradinfo@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 4010 York Hall
Phone (858) 534-9728
Fax (858) 534-7687
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Attn: Chemistry Graduate Admissions
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0303
La Jolla, CA 92093-0303

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry

Biochemistry and Biophysics

Chemical Biology

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Physical Chemistry

Quantitative Biology

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Department Chemistry & Biochemistry
Major Chemistry & Biochemistry
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

We strongly encourage Fall 2017 PhD applicants to submit their applications by our Priority Deadline of December 15, 2016, but we will accept applications until January 12, 2017.

Application Deadlines May 4, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is required.

Department accepts Chemistry, Biochemistry, or any STEM field Subject GRE. Applicants that have yet to take the Subject GRE exam can still submit an application. Our admissions committee has the ability to review the application, but will consider it as incomplete. In order to get past the Subject GRE section, applicants can enter a projected date and enter zeros in the Subject GRE score fields. Applicants missing the Subject GRE exam scores are still eligible for an admissions offer. Our admissions committee is aware that ETS will not be offering the Biochemistry Subject GRE, and will take this into account when reviewing applications.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

1000 word limit is recommended.

Resume/CV

Recommended

Contact Info

Website http://chemistry.ucsd.edu
Email chemgradinfo@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 4010 York Hall
Phone (858) 534-9728
Fax (858) 534-7687
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Attn: Chemistry Graduate Admissions
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0303
La Jolla, CA 92093-0303

Chemistry (CH76)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in collaboration with San Diego State University (SDSU), offers doctoral degrees in Applied Mechanics/Engineering Science; Audiology; Biology; Chemistry; Clinical Psychology; Language and Communicative Disorders; Mathematics and Science Education; and 3 Public Health areas: Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Behavior Sciences. Apply to your program of interest at San Diego State University. You will be instructed to apply to UCSD after initial approval for the program at SDSU.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Department Chemistry: Joint Doctoral Program
Major Chemistry
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

JDP applicants are nominated by San Diego State University Chemistry Admissions Committee in June.

Application Deadlines August 1, 2016 (Fall 2016)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Check the website for SDSU application. Not necessary for UCSD application.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Check the website for SDSU application. Not necessary for UCSD application.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://www-chem.ucsd.edu/academic/Grad/JDP/index.cfm
Email chemgradinfo@ucsd.edu
Campus Office York Hall 4010
Phone (858) 534-9728
Fax (858) 534-7687
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code: 0303
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0303

Computational Science, Mathematics and Engineering (CU75)

The Graduate Program in Computational Science, Mathematics and Engineering (CSME) at UCSD is a campus-wide interdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. program designed to train the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in the use of modern tools of computational science. The CSME M.S. and Ph.D. Programs were initiated by the UCSD Division of Physical Sciences in close collaboration with the Jacobs School of Engineering. The CSME M.S. Program is a standalone program without specific departmental affiliation and involves most of the science, mathematics, and engineering units associated with UCSD.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Computational Science

Department Computational Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Major Computational Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Degree Master of Science
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines February 6, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Please do not have more than 3 letters sent. Additional letters do not improve your standing as an applicant. Letters from academia are highly preferred.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Submit Statement of Purpose via online application; 2500 word limit.

Resume/CV

Not required

Additional Requirements

Online submission of application materials only. Do not mail hardcopies of any application materials. Upload all required materials via your online application.

Contact Info

Website http://csme.ucsd.edu
Email csmeadmissions@math.ucsd.edu
Campus Office AP&M 7409
Phone (858) 534-2642
Fax (858) 534-1176
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Center for Computational Mathematics
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0112
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0112

Applied Mathematics (MA75)

At UC San Diego, we provide courses of study that introduce students to the fundamentals of mathematics and allow them to master the most important parts of the subject both pure and applied. By offering four graduate programs, and with a faculty encompassing a variety of fields, the department seeks to accommodate varied student interests in mathematics, encouraging an interdisciplinary focus that fosters program diversity.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Applied Mathematics

Department Mathematics
Major Applied Mathematics
Degree Master of Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines February 6, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is required.

Please note that October 29, 2016 will be the last date to take the GRE Math Subject test before the application deadline.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Letters from academia are highly preferred. Please do not have more than three (3) letters sent. Additional letters do not improve your standing as an applicant.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Submit Statement of Purpose via online application; 2500 word limit.

Resume/CV

Not required

Additional Requirements

A list of all mathematics courses with corresponding textbooks in PDF format must be uploaded in the online application.

Online submission of application materials only. Do not mail hard copies of any application materials to the Department of Mathematics.

Contact Info

Website http://math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate
Email mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu
Campus Office AP&M 7409
Phone (858) 534-2642
Fax (858) 534-1176
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Mathematics Department - APM 7409
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0112
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112

Mathematics (MA76)

At UC San Diego, we provide courses of study that introduce students to the fundamentals of mathematics and allow them to master the most important parts of the subject both pure and applied. By offering four graduate programs, and with a faculty encompassing a variety of fields, the department seeks to accommodate varied student interests in mathematics, encouraging an interdisciplinary focus that fosters program diversity.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Analysis, Applied Math, Combinatorics, Computational Science, Geometry, Math Physics, Number Theory, Other, Partial Differential Equations, Probability, Representation Theory, Statistics, Topology, Undecided

Department Mathematics
Major Mathematics
Degree Master of Arts
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines April 20, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is required.

Please note that October 29, 2016 will be the last date to take the GRE Math Subject test before the application deadline.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Letters from academia are highly preferred. Please do not have more than three (3) letters sent. Additional letters do not improve your standing as an applicant.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Submit Statement of Purpose via online application; 2500 word limit.

Resume/CV

Not required

Additional Requirements

A list of all mathematics courses with corresponding textbooks in PDF format must be uploaded in the online application.

Online submission of application materials only. Do not mail hard copies of any application materials to the Department of Mathematics.

Contact Info

Website http://math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate
Email mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu
Campus Office AP&M 7409
Phone (858) 534-2642
Fax (858) 534-1176
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Mathematics Department - APM 7409
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0112
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Analysis, Applied Math, Combinatorics, Computational Science, Geometry, Math Physics, Number Theory, Other, Partial Differential Equations, Probability, Representation Theory, Statistics, Topology, Undecided

Department Mathematics
Major Mathematics
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines May 31, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is required.

Please note that October 29, 2016 will be the last date to take the GRE Math Subject test before the application deadline.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Letters from academia are highly preferred. Please do not have more than three (3) letters sent. Additional letters do not improve your standing as an applicant.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Submit Statement of Purpose via online application; 2500 word limit.

Resume/CV

Not required

Additional Requirements

A list of all mathematics courses with corresponding textbooks in PDF format must be uploaded in the online application.

Online submission of application materials only. Do not mail hard copies of any application materials to the Department of Mathematics.

Contact Info

Website http://math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate
Email mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu
Campus Office AP&M 7409
Phone (858) 534-2642
Fax (858) 534-1176
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Mathematics Department - APM 7409
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0112
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112

Statistics (MA77)

At UC San Diego, we provide courses of study that introduce students to the fundamentals of mathematics and allow them to master the most important parts of the subject both pure and applied. By offering four graduate programs, and with a faculty encompassing a variety of fields, the department seeks to accommodate varied student interests in mathematics, encouraging an interdisciplinary focus that fosters program diversity.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Statistics

Department Mathematics
Major Statistics
Degree Master of Science
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines February 6, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is recommended.

The requirement for the GRE Math Subject test may be waived if you will have completed an undergraduate degree in Mathematics (Pure or Applied) by the time you start UC San Diego. However, if your undergraduate degree is NOT in either Pure or Applied Mathematics, you MUST submit a GRE Math Subject test score.

Please note that October 29, 2016 will be the last date to take the GRE Math Subject test before the application deadline.
English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Letters from academia are highly preferred. Please do not have more than three (3) letters sent. Additional letters do not improve your standing as an applicant.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Submit Statement of Purpose via online application; 2500 word limit.

Resume/CV

Not required

Additional Requirements

A list of all mathematics courses with corresponding textbooks in PDF format must be uploaded in the online application.

Online submission of application materials only. Do not mail hard copies of any application materials to the Department of Mathematics.

Contact Info

Website http://math.ucsd.edu/programs/graduate
Email mathgradadmissions@math.ucsd.edu
Campus Office AP&M 7409
Phone (858) 534-2642
Fax (858) 534-1176
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Mathematics Department - APM 7409
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0112
La Jolla, CA 92093-0112

Mathematics and Science Education (ME75)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in collaboration with San Diego State University (SDSU), offers doctoral degrees in Applied Mechanics/Engineering Science; Audiology; Biology; Chemistry; Clinical Psychology; Language and Communicative Disorders; Mathematics and Science Education; and 3 Public Health areas: Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Behavior Sciences. Apply to your program of interest at San Diego State University. You will be instructed to apply to UCSD after initial approval for the program at SDSU.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Department Mathematics and Science Education: Joint Doctoral Program
Major Mathematics and Science Education
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Apply first to SDSU--Admissions for Fall 2017 are now closed.

(Note: please carefully read the admission requirements at the MSED site before applying: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/crmse/msed/pr_admissions.html. Students who do not have a Master's degree in one of the listed mathematics or science disciplines will not be considered for admission.)

Application Deadlines May 17, 2017 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

3 for SDSU application. None needed for UCSD application.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Check the website for SDSU application. Not necessary for UCSD application.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://sci.sdsu.edu/CRMSE/msed
Email sseethaler@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 3060 Urey Hall Annex
Phone (858) 534-4656
Fax (858) 534-5224
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Department of Mathematics JDP
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0352
La Jolla, CA, 92093-0352

Biophysics (PY75)

Our Physics Department has considerable strengths in many experimental and theoretical areas of current physics research, and our campus and general environment are particularly attractive. Our research effort is quite diverse, including condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, plasma physics, astrophysics, biophysics, and nonlinear dynamics. In all these areas, we maintain a healthy balance of experiment and theory.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Experimental; Theoretical

Department Physics
Major Biophysics
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 15, 2016 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

The minimum Spoken English score required for TOEFL is 23.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Accept online letters of recommendation only

Statement of Purpose

Required

Accept online Statement of Purpose only. Limit to two pages.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://physics.ucsd.edu
Email apply@physics.ucsd.edu
Campus Office Mayer Hall Room 2571
Phone (858) 534-3293
Fax (858) 534-0262
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Graduate Department of Physics
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0319
La Jolla, CA 92093-0319

Physics (PY76)

Our Physics Department has considerable strengths in many experimental and theoretical areas of current physics research, and our campus and general environment are particularly attractive. Our research effort is quite diverse, including condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, plasma physics, astrophysics, biophysics and nonlinear dynamics. In all these areas, we maintain a healthy balance of experiment and theory.

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

BS/MS in Materials Physics offered to UCSD Undergraduates only.

Department Physics
Major Physics
Degree B.S./M.S. (current UCSD students only)
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 15, 2016 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Accept online letters of recommendation ONLY.

Statement of Purpose

Required

Accept online Statement of Purpose only. Limit to two pages.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://physics.ucsd.edu
Email apply@physics.ucsd.edu
Campus Office Mayer Hall Room 2571
Phone (858) 534-3293
Fax (858) 534-0262
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Graduate Department of Physics
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0319
La Jolla, CA 92093-0319

Program Info

Area of Study Physical Sciences
Specializations

Astrophysics/Astronomy; Atomic/Molecular; Biophysics; Computational Science; Condensed Matter/Material Science; High Energy Physics; Mathematical Physics; Nonlinear Dynamics; Physics; Plasma/Fusion; Quantitative Biology; Statistical/Thermal Physics

Department Physics
Major Physics
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Additional Notes

Additional information is available for Quantitative Biology specialization

Application Deadlines December 1, 2016 (Fall 2017)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests

GRE General Test is required.

GRE Subject Test is required.

English Proficiency Exams

(international applicants only)

A test of English language proficiency is required for international applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution in which English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is a dominant language.

The following test(s) are accepted by this department:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
PTE (Pearson Test of English)

The minimum Spoken English score required for TOEFL is 23.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Accept online letters of recommendation ONLY

Statement of Purpose

Required

Accept online Statement of Purpose only. Limit to two pages.

Resume/CV

Not required

Contact Info

Website http://physics.ucsd.edu
Email apply@physics.ucsd.edu
Campus Office Mayer Hall Room 2571
Phone (858) 534-3293
Fax (858) 534-0262
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Graduate Department of Physics
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0319
La Jolla, CA 92093-0319