CBE Ph.D. Admission Requirements

At Berkeley, graduate work towards a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering emphasizes the excitement of original research in frontier areas of applied science. While formal courses are necessary to provide scientific fundamentals and intellectual breadth, the primary characteristic of Berkeley's graduate experience is to participate in the quest for new knowledge. Graduate students and faculty collaborate as partners in scholarship, in learning, and in intellectual discovery.

The online application is available starting in September at the Graduate Division Website.  Applications are only accepted for the fall semester.

Application Deadline

Applications for Fall 2019 are closed, applications for Fall 2020 open in September.

Application Materials

Admission is granted by the University's Graduate Division on the recommendation of the department. Applicants are required to provide the following: evidence of superior performance and research experience in the last 2 years of undergraduate studies; test scores for the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (the advanced GRE or subject test is not required); a statement of purpose; personal history statement (see FAQ's) and 3 letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with the applicant's academic, research, and professional aptitudes. International students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency. The weight of evidence from all sources determines admission. Students do not need a master's degree to apply for a doctoral degree. Most applicants will have completed a typical undergraduate program in chemical engineering. However, admission may be granted to students with undergraduate degrees in a related discipline. In this case, necessary background courses in chemical engineering are taken as part of the program for the first year.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

The general GRE is required. There is no minimum score, and the requirement cannot be waived. The institution code is 4833, and the department code is 1001.

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

All international applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency by providing test scores from either the TOEFL or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score for the TOEFL is at least a 90 on the (Internet-based test) iBT. You may also submit an IELTS score of an overall Band score of 7 on a 9-point scale.The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if you have studied at a U.S. institution of higher education for at least a year and received grades of B or better. In that case, an official transcript from that institution can be used as evidence of English language proficiency.

We welcome inquiries concerning admission to our graduate program by email at chegrad@cchem.berkeley.edu. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the department only after receiving an offer of admission.