Frequently Asked Questions - Chemistry Grad FAQ

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FAQ's for prospective Chemistry Graduate Students:

Are there minimum scores required for the GRE?

Due to the uncertainty of testing centers being available for the GRE due to COVID-19, we will not require General or Subject test scores during the Fall 2023 admissions cycle. Our department conducts holistic reviews, and carefully considers the context of each applicant's past achievements and academic record. The admission committee will make no assumptions if GRE scores are not included with an application.

How Many Applicants Are Offered Admission Each Year?

The numbers vary, but the department usually receives about 800 applications each year. The number of applicants offered admission depends on the admission allotments determined annually by the Graduate Division. Each year the department receives far more qualified applicants than can be admitted.

Can The Toefl Requirement Be Waived?

Yes, the TOEFL requirement can be waived if you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a U.S. university at the time of application. Please see https://grad.berkeley.edu/admissions/requirements/ for more information about TOEFL/IELTS.

What Financial Aid Is Available To Graduate Students?

All students admitted to our graduate program receive a stipend for the duration of study in the form of teaching and research assistantships as long as they are in residence and demonstrate good progress toward the degree. Most funds for this support derive from research contracts and grants.

Does The Department Offer A Master Of Science (Ms) Degree?

The department only admits students for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students normally complete the Ph.D. program in four to six years.

My Application Is Not Completed By The Application Deadline, Will I Still Be Eligible For Fellowships?

Your application must be complete, including letters of recommendation, transcripts and test scores, by the application deadline to be eligible.

How Important Is Undergraduate Research In Evaluating An Application?

Undergraduate research is a decisive factor in admission. It reflects the applicant's depth of interest in chemistry, potential for commitment to a doctoral program, and potential scientific creativity.

Can I Be Admitted To Start In The Spring Semester?

No, we admit our students to begin their studies in the fall semester only.

What GPA is required for admission?

The minimum grade point average required for admission is 3.0.

How Many International Students Are Admitted Each Year?

Due to funding considerations only a few of the most outstanding international students can be admitted each year. However, we are firmly committed to the continued admission of exceptionally qualified international students