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 achievements/contributions essay, 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 (opens in September) and pay the application fee; $120 for domestic and $140 for international.
  • Statement of Purpose: From the Graduate Division web site, follow the detailed instructions on how to submit your Statement of Purpose. Be sure to indicate your research interests and potential faculty advisors in your Statement of Purpose. Multiple research areas and faculty can and should be included. 
  • Personal Achievements/Contributions Statement: From the Graduate Division web site, follow the detailed instructions on how to submit your Personal Achievements/Contributions statement.
  • Resume/CV: From the Graduate Division web site, follow the detailed instructions on how to submit your current, detailed resume or CV.  Be sure to include all positions and experience that may be relevant to the Graduate Admissions Committee.  
  • Transcripts: From the Graduate Division web site, follow the detailed instructions on how to submit your official transcript from each institution attended (including the grading scale, which may be on the backside of the transcript).  The uploaded transcript must be a copy of an official transcript, produced by the university with all appropriate seals/stamps.  Remove your Social Security Number by crossing/blacking out numbers before uploading (if applicable).  Final/Official transcripts (sent directly from the institution) will be required for all applicants who are admitted and have indicated their intent to enroll at UC Santa Barbara by submitting a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). International applicants, please include your degree certificate within the same file if you have received your degree.  The uploaded document must include both the original language transcript and certified English translation.
  • Letters of Recommendation: From the Graduate Division web site, follow the detailed instructions on how to submit your letters of recommendation online.  If you are unable to submit your letters of recommendation online, you may print three copies of the Letter of Recommendation Coversheet.  Give the Coversheets to your recommenders and request that they be sent with your letters of recommendation to the address listed below. Three letters of recommendation are required. 
  • 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.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Attn: Graduate Student Affairs
Building 232
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510

Graduate Program

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