How to Apply to the Chemistry PhD Program:
You will need to submit an application through UCI Graduate Division. The Department of Chemistry recommends applicants to take the Chemistry Subject GRE test or subject GRE in an appropriate interdisciplinary area, such as Physics or Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology.
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1 and admissions will be made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply by December 1 for the best chance of admission. The final deadline for applications is March 15.
International Students/Permanent Residents:
Because Chemistry PhD students are funded as teaching assistants during their first year, all international students, permanent residents, and non-native speakers of English must provide valid TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the following criteria:
- TOEFL iBT
- An overall score of 80 or higher is required for admission.
- A speaking section score of 26 or higher is required for TA eligbility.
- An overall score of 7 or higher, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module, is required for admission.
- A speaking module score of 8 or higher is required for TA eligiblity.
The TOEFL or IELTS can only be waived if an applicant meets one of the following criteria:
- U.S. citizenship
- Completed a four-year high school degree in the U.S.
- Citizenship in a country where English is either the primary or dominant language, as approved by UCI Graduate Council. See list of approved countries here.
Applicants who do not meet these testing thresholds, or do not meet one of the three criteria above, are typically not admitted. However, if you do not meet this English requirement, and you are a highly qualified student who would fill a need in our research team, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Chemistry faculty whose research interests you and apply to the program.
For more information on this requirement, please refer to the English Proficiency for Teaching Assistantships page on the UCI Graduate Division’s website.
Applying to the Graduate Program in Physics:
- Official transcripts – ONE COPY – from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (Foreign students’ transcripts must be in their home language, as well as translated into English).
- Official General GRE scores – taken within five years of date of entry
- Three letters of recommendation.
Recommendation letters are usually submitted electronically, although it is possible to submit hardcopies by postal mail if necessary. For more information and instructions regarding electronic and postal letter submission, please visit:
Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) program. Qualifying international 1st year Ph.D. students will receive a “SEVIS Stipend” in the amount of $100. To qualify, students must have paid the SEVIS* fee, and must be enrolled at UCI for Fall quarter of their entering year – the SEVIS stipend only applies to international students. For more information, visit: