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.  

Students are also invited to apply to the Chemical and Materials Physics (ChaMP) program.


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:

International Students and students who do not speak English as their native language, will need to review the UCI Graduate Division Information for International Applicants. Most international students will need to submit scores for one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Testing) An overall score of 80 on the TOEFL iBT is required for admission. 
  • IELTS (Academic Modules of the International English Testing System) An overall score of 7, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module, is required for admission. 

Please note, Chemistry PhD students are funded as a Teaching Assistant in their first year and applicants with a TOEFL iBT speaking score of 25 and below or an IELTS speaking score of a 7.5 or below 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. 


If you have any questions please visit our Frequently Asked Questions, or you may send your inquiry to or call 800-829-8UCI.