The application deadline for admission consideration for Fall Quarters is January 3rd.
No, applications are accepted for Fall Quarters only.
No, graduate students are admitted into our department and not to specific research groups. Students go through an extensive research advisor selection progress during their first quarter of residence, submit their top choices after meeting with prospective advisors of interest, and are assigned to an advisor at the end of Fall Quarter.
Yes, the GRE general exam is required for students applying to all graduate programs at UCSB, including chemical engineering. Subject area exams, however, are not required for chemical engineering.
The TOEFL or IELTS exams are required for all International students whose native language is not English. The only exception is granted to those who have completed a degree program in the United States.
There is no minimum GRE test score requirement.
International students whose native language is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum test scores required for admission to Chemical Engineering are:
TOEFL: 560 (paper), 83 (Internet)
IELTS: 7 (Overall Band Score)
UCSB’s Institution code is 4835. A department code is not required. Exam scores are sent electronically from ETS to the Graduate Division. Departments no longer receive test scores directly.
All students admitted into our Ph.D. program are guaranteed financial support. This support is guaranteed for as long as they remain in good academic standing with the department and university and are making satisfactory progress towards completing their degree requirements. Financial support comes in the form of a stipend and/or a combination of teaching and researcher appointments, plus payment of fees, non-resident tuition (if applicable) and health insurance. NOTE: Non-resident tuition will be paid for US non-residents for one year. Residency for fee purposes must be established prior to the beginning of the second year of residence.
The graduate admissions committee makes decisions based on a comprehensive assessment of an applicant’s portfolio of grades, test scores, research experience, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. However, the admissions process is extremely competitive, and successful applicants typically have GPAs that are appreciably above 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
All of our graduate students must demonstrate competency in four core areas of chemical engineering through coursework in their first year of study: Applied Math, Kinetics and Reaction Engineering, Thermodynamics, and Transport Phenomena. While we have admitted students with a non-chemical engineering background in the past, such applicants must be able to pass the core requirements and typically the admissions committee seeks evidence in the application portfolio (e.g., transcript, research experience, statement) of adequate preparation for this coursework.
Because our graduate program is focused on doctoral education, we do not admit students seeking a terminal M.S. degree.