University of California, Irvine

School of Physical Sciences

Chemistry - PhD


UC Irvine Graduate Division

University of California

Irvine, CA 92697

United States


(949) 824-5544


(949) 824-7993

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Chemistry

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The UCI Department of Chemistry provides a first-class environment for graduate research and education leading to the PhD. We have 44 faculty members, 215 graduate students, 50 postdoctoral fellows, and provide internationally-recognized programs in a friendly, informal setting; our annual research funding exceeds $10 million dollars. All UCI students in good standing are fully supported throughout their Ph. D. studies. Think of it this way: a graduate degree in chemistry is one of the few times in life that you'll be paid to improve yourself!

Research is central to the Ph.D. program, and students choose a mentor and begin their doctoral research during the first year.  Strong overlaps exist among the traditional research subdisciplines of chemistry organic, inorganic, biological, physical, and analytical and cutting edge research is occurring at the interface between chemistry and engineering, environmental, and biological sciences. Interactions between Department of Chemistry faculty, collaborations with researchers throughout the UCI campus, as well as strong extramural ties to corporate and government laboratories, provide students with opportunities to interact with scientists from a broad range of backgrounds and interests.

During the first year, students also take classes in their academic area of interest. The department's extensive seminar program, in which UCI scientists and distinguished visitors from other universities present their latest research results, allows students to continue their education throughout their graduate career. Students also gain teaching experience as laboratory instructors and discussion leaders as part of their training. Financial support is provided to all graduate students in the form of teaching assistantships or research fellowships.

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UC Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and all graduate programs receive rigorous external reviews mandated by the University of California every five years.

International Student Requirements:

1. International Students and students who do not speak English as their native language must submit scores for TOEFL iBT with an overall minimum score of 80. As an option, you may submit scores from the IELTS exam (overall score = 7 .AND. with a score = 6 on each individual IELTS module). 2. Applicants who qualify to serve as Teaching Assistants (TA) may be more competitive for admission. To be eligible to serve as a TA, a TOEFLibt score = 26 on the Speaking component, OR, an IELTS score = 8 on their Speaking module, OR, a score = 50 on the TSE (Test of Spoken English). Official Test Scores must be transmitted to UC Irvine. TOEFL/TOEFLibt scores will be transmitted to UC Irvine when you specify the following on your exam: Institutional Code = 4859, Departmental Code = 47 ** TOEFL/TOEFLibt or IELTS test scores must be = two years old as of the first day of classes. Older scores are NOT acceptable.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Tuition assistance is available through student loans

Locale: Midsize City

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