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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Chemistry

USA

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What will I learn?

The Ph.D. program at UCR is designed to provide students with the academic background, research experience, and professional development to make them successful and independent scientists. Emphasis is placed on creating a base of chemical knowledge that can serve as the foundation for fostering high-level critical and creative problem-solving skills. Areas of research specialization represented within the Graduate Program include Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. UCR Chemistry also specializes in developing cross-cutting, interdisciplinary research opportunities in Bioanalytical and Environmental Chemistry, Material Science, and Biophysics. Pushing beyond science and academia, graduate education in our department also focuses on professional development, including training in ethics, safety, teaching, and how to succeed in industry. All of this is provided within an inclusive, diverse, and family-friendly atmosphere.

All Ph.D. students in good standing are fully supported during their studies. The Ph.D. program at UCR is designed to provide students with the academic background, research experience, and professional development to make them successful and independent scientists. Emphasis is placed on creating a base of chemical knowledge that can serve as the foundation for fostering high-level critical and creative problem-solving skills.

Classes and Teaching

Beginning graduate students arrive in mid-September for TA training and to take orientation exams in the areas of Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical chemistry. Based on previous coursework, performance on the placement exams, and discussion during individual meetings, the Graduate Advisor will determine a schedule of classes that will best meet each student’s needs. Students typically take 5-6 graduate classes (1-2 classes per quarter) to fulfill course requirements during their first year. Each research area (Analytical, Inorganic, Organic and Physical) also has a seminar course which all graduate students take every year (Chem. 251, 252, 253, and 254). After their first year, every student presents a 20-30 minute seminar once per year to students and professors in their area. This class is designed to provide students with valuable seminar presentation experience, as well as updating their peers on the progress of their research.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (15 quarters)

Tuition fees
US$32,287.86 per year
Application deadline

Expected June 2023

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Geology Building, Room 2258,

900 University Avenue,

RIVERSIDE,

California,

92521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be admitted to graduate status, the basic requirement is a bachelor's degree in Physics or its equivalent from an accredited institution. This degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent both in the distribution of academic subject matter and scholarship achievement comparable to that offered at the University of California. Qualified applicants are expected to have a junior/senior GPA of 3.25 or higher.

For international students

A bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution. The degree must represent the completion of a program equivalent in subject matter and scholarship to that offered by the University of California.

A minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or B-equivalent (if GPA is not on a 4.0 scale). We recommend that you check with the graduate program as they may have a higher standard for their GPA requirements. If your GPA is below this, follow up with the graduate program you are interested. Applications are reviewed in their entirety and the program can look at your other components and advise you on potential admission.

English Language Requirement: TOEFL - The minimum acceptable scores are: 550 for the revised TOEFL paper-delivered test and 80 for the TOEFL iBT; IELTS - The minimum acceptable overall score is 7 with no score less than 6 on any individual component.

Application deadline: Fall - June 1st.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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