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Chemistry and Biochemistry

Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences
Building 232
Telephone (805) 893-5675
Undergraduate e-mail:
Graduate e-mail:

Department Chair: Mattanjah S. de Vries

Graduate Program


The M.S., M.A., or Ph.D. degrees may be obtained in any one of the special fields of biological, inorganic, organic, materials, physical, or theoretical chemistry. In addition to fulfilling the departmental admission requirements, applicants must also meet the university requirements for admission described in the “Graduate Education” section of the UCSB online catalog.

Applications are accepted for fall quarter only and for the Ph.D. program only (though it is possible to earn the M.A. or M.S. while in pursuit of the Ph.D.). Please see the department graduate web page for details. Applications must be received by the posted deadline for priority review and to be eligible for financial support.

Master of Arts – Chemistry (Requirements - PDF)

Master of Science – Chemistry (Requirements - PDF)

Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry (Requirements - PDF)

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry also offers a joint two-year program, with the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. Students spend their first year working on an MA in Chemistry and year two is spent working on a Single Subject Credential in Chemistry. For more information about program requirements and deadlines, see Chemistry/TEP Joint Graduate Degree Program.

Master of Arts – Chemistry with a Chemical Education Emphasis (Requirements - PDF)

Optional Interdisciplinary Emphases

Students pursuing a doctoral degree in Chemistry may petition to add the following Optional Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Emphases:  Bioengineering.

Requirement sheets for each emphasis may be found on this page.