Chemistry & Biochemistry

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 Division of Physical Sciences
Specializations

Analytical Chemistry
Biochemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical 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). All other MS applicants may apply only to the Fall MS Coursework program.

Application Deadlines October 14, 2020 (Winter 2021)
January 13, 2021 (Spring 2021)
January 13, 2021 (Fall 2021)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
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.

We require three letters of recommendation. Letter writers that are able to provide context and clarity with respect to your ability and potential to excel in a graduate program are the most helpful in evaluating your application (e.g. a research advisor or a professor from a course that knows you well). UC San Diego students applying for the MS program need to submit at least one letter from a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Statement of Purpose

Required

We recommend your Statement of Purpose should be structured as a 4 paragraph format document with the following prompts:

(1) Please describe your personal and professional motivations for pursuing research in the field of chemistry and biochemistry choosing to pursue graduate studies.

(2) If applicable, please describe your previous research experience(s) in detail, and how they have that contributed to your choices and motivations to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry research studies.This section may be longer than 1 paragraph; we recommend that you write 1 paragraph per major research project/experience. Please specify the faculty at UCSD in whose research that you have an interest in, explaining your choice for each.conducting graduate research studies with as well as why?

(3) Please describe any obstacles that you have overcome to achieve your academic and personal achievements, as well as any contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion you have made.

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 https://chem-web.ucsd.edu/graduate-program/admissions/index.html
Email chemgradinfo@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 4010 York Hall
Phone (858) 534-9728
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 Division of Physical Sciences
Specializations

Analytical and Atmospheric Chemistry
Biochemistry and Biophysics
Chemical Biology
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Theoretical and Computational Chemistry

Department Chemistry & Biochemistry
Major Chemistry & Biochemistry
Degree Doctor of Philosophy
Admissions Terms Fall
Application Deadlines December 2, 2020 (Fall 2021)
 

Basic Requirement

Admissions Tests
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)

Applicants that have recently 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 in which English is a dominant language, are exempt from language testing requirements.

Demonstrated proficiency in the English language (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE) is required for all other international applicants whose native language is not English. Requirements for demonstrating proficiency are listed below.

International applicants must include an official report of their TOEFL iBT or TSE scores from ETS. The university-wide minimum TOEFL score for graduate admission is 550 for the paper based test (PBT), and 85 for the internet based test (iBT). The minimum for the IELTS Academic Training exam is a score of 7 and a score of 65 for the PTE Academic.

At minimum, international applicants must also have a TOEFL iBT Speaking subscore of 23, an IELTS Speaking subscore of 7, or a PTE Speaking subscores of 65.
Letters of Recommendation

Minimum of 3 recommendations required.

Statement of Purpose

Required

We recommend your Statement of Purpose should be structured as a 4 paragraph format document with the following prompts:

(1) Please describe your personal and professional motivations for pursuing research in the field of chemistry and biochemistry choosing to pursue graduate studies.

(2) Please describe your previous research experience(s) in detail, and how they have that contributed to your choices and motivations to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry research studies.This section may be longer than 1 paragraph; we recommend that you write 1 paragraph per major research project/experience.

(3) Please specify the faculty at UCSD in whose research that you have an interest in, explaining your choice for each.conducting graduate research studies with as well as why?

(4) Please describe any obstacles that you have overcome to achieve your academic and personal achievements, as well as any contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion you have made.

Resume/CV

Recommended

Contact Info

Website https://chem-web.ucsd.edu/graduate-program/admissions/index.html
Email chemgradinfo@ucsd.edu
Campus Office 4010 York Hall
Phone (858) 534-9728
Mailing Address
University of California, San Diego
Attn: Chemistry Graduate Admissions
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0303
La Jolla, CA 92093-0303

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