Admission Requirements and Online Application

Fall 2020 Application Information

We appreciate your interest in pursuing doctoral studies in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Below, please find information regarding application deadlines and requirements.

Questions concerning the admission process can be directed to the Graduate Student Affairs Officer at or 510-642-5884.

Application Requirements

The 2020 application for graduate admission to the Department of Chemistry is electronic (paper applications cannot be accepted). The application is available from the Graduate Division Admissions website beginning in early September. The application deadline is December 2, 2019. The deadline for supplemental information (transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores, letters of recommendation, research summary) is also December 2, 2019.

It is not required to contact faculty for application purposes, however, if you are interested in particular faculty, please list them on your application.

GRE (Graduate Record Exam)

The GRE General test is required. There is no minimum score, and the requirement cannot be waived. The Chemistry Subject GRE is optional, but highly recommended. (Please be advised that the Subject test is only offered a few times per year. Exams taken after November may not arrive in time to be considered.) The institution code is 4833, and no department code is necessary. For information about taking the GRE, call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit the ETS website at Current test scores are preferred, however, we will accept official scores from tests taken within the last five years.


Upload PDF files of all college level transcripts, with the application for initial departmental review. These must include your name and the name of the institution. Official paper transcripts of all college-level work will be required if you are admitted and intend to register for Fall 2020.

Letters of Recommendation

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. These should be from faculty you have worked with closely or supervisors from industry-related work experience. Your recommenders will be contacted via email to submit their letters on-line. (See online application for details.)

International applicants

Please note the following additional admissions requirements All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The minimum score is 90 for the Internet-based test (iBT). Tests taken before June 1, 2018 will not be accepted by the University. The institution code is 4833.