Prospective Graduate Students

About the Ph.D. Program

The UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry Ph.D. program is designed towards developing within each student the ability to do creative scientific research. Our Doctoral program includes concentrations in Physical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry, and Chemical Biology.

The single most important facet of the curriculum for an individual is their own research project. In keeping with the goal of fostering an atmosphere of scholarly, independent study, formal course requirements are minimal and vary among disciplines; advisor's tailor course requirements to best prepare the student for the chosen research field.

Students admitted to our graduate program who are in residence and demonstrate good progress toward their degree, receive coverage of university fees, including health, dental and vision, and a stipend for the duration of study in the form of teaching and research assistantship. Most funds for this support derive from research contracts and grants.

Masters Degree in Molecular Science and Software Engineering

Additionally, the Department also offers a Professional Masters Degree in Molecular Science and Software Engineering. Standing at the intersection of science, management, and software engineering, the Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) provides critical thinkers with the practical skills needed to develop sophisticated computational models to solve large-scale challenges.