To learn more about the Graduate Application Process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
Applicants MUST apply online. The application deadline is January 15th.
Admission to the graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution and a proven record of good performance on the part of the applicant. Most of our graduate students have bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering or materials science, metallurgical or ceramic engineering, chemistry, or physics.
Your Application to Graduate Studies must be completed online; go to the Graduate Admissions page to access the information.
The application fee is US$105.00 for domestic applicants, or US$125.00 for international applicants. We do not review any application until the application fee has been received. The application fee can be paid by credit card or e-check at the time the online application is submitted. The fee is non-refundable.
The statement of purpose should define your background, and the interests and experiences that qualify you for graduate study. It must explicitly state your areas of interest for graduate study and detail how the program at UC Davis will help you attain your educational and research goals.
The Personal History Statement provides an opportunity for applicants to tell the Admissions Committee something about their unique backgrounds and personal histories. It may include information about other pursuits and interests of the applicant. It may give some details about any disadvantages the applicant had to overcome.
The GRE General Test is composed of three sections:
We are looking for GRE scores of 150/160/4.5 respectively or higher (these are recommended scores, not minimum requirements). Scores must not be more than five (5) years old. GRE Scores must be reported electronically to UC Davis. Be sure to indicate the UC Davis Institution Code (4834) when ordering scores from ETS.
The Department Code for Materials Science & Engineering is 1403.
We strongly recommend that you plan to take your GRE examination no later than October.
Applicants whose native language or language of instruction is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS. Completion of a four year undergraduate degree in the U.S. will suffice for a departmental waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS score. Current or recent graduate study in the United States does not grant a waiver of this departmental admissions requirement.
The minimum score required for admission to the Department is 600 on the paper test, or 100 on the internet-based test for TOEFL (iBT). We require at least 7 on a 9-point scale for IELTS. Scores must not be more than two (2) years old.
There is no conditional admission.
The TOEFL Institution Code for UC Davis is 4834; a departmental code is not required.
We strongly recommend that you schedule your TOEFL or IELTS examinations no later than November so that the Testing Agency can report your scores to us by our deadline of January 15th.
We require three letters that must be submitted online by your recommenders. Please remind your recommenders that we do not accept hard-copy letters and that they must be submitted electronically through the online application process. You will be required to list your recommendation providers and provided their contact information in the online application.
The fellowship application has been incorporated into the online application process.
UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. For more details visit https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/submit-transcripts.
All domestic applicants MUST file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application is essential in order to quality for many types of financial assistance including any departmental or campus fellowships. The application can be filled out online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Information about student loans can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office at http://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/graduate/index.html.
There is guaranteed Departmental funding available to Ph.D students. The Department does not guarantee financial support for M.S. students. If you are admitted into the Ph.D. program you will receive financial support for up to four years, so long as you are making satisfactory progress towards the Ph.D.
The annual stipend (which is paid as a combination of either Graduate Student Researcher, Teaching Assistant, Work-Study or Fellowship funds) for first year students is currently approximately $27,500 and all fees and tuition (if applicable) are paid. Typically, all Ph.D. students in our department receive financial support for a normal four-year course of study. Funding is available through fellowships and/or Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) positions. Each Ph.D. student also must serve as a teaching assistant for three quarters.
Once a completed online application and all supporting online materials (GRE scores, letters of recommendation, scanned transcripts, TOEFL or IELTS (when required), and application fee) have been received, the application will be submitted to the Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Graduate Admissions Committee (CHMS GAC). Based on a review of the entire application, a recommendation is made to accept or decline an applicant’s request for admission. That recommendation is forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies for verification of admission requirements.
Applicants may check the status and for completeness of their applications online.
The applicant will be notified by electronic mail by the Office of Graduate Studies that a decision has been made and instructed to return to the online application web site to see the decision. This will come in the form of an “electronic letter.” You will be informed by email by the Dean of Graduate Studies whether your application for graduate study was approved or denied or if you have been “Wait Listed.”
Generally, most applicants will be notified by the end of March of the Office of Graduate Studies’ decision, and all decisions will be completed no later than May 1st.