Graduate Admissions

Admission to the Chemical Engineering and NanoEngineering graduate programs are in accordance with the general requirements of the Division of Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs, which requires at least a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in some branch of engineering, sciences, or mathematics; an overall GPA of 3.0; and three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the academic or professional competence and to the depth of the applicant's interest in pursuing graduate study.

For Fall 2023 admissions, submission of GRE scores is optional. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The university-wide minimum TOEFL score required for consideration for graduate admission is 64 for the Paper-delivered Test, and 85 for the internet based test (iBT). The university-wide minimum IELTS Academic Training exam score required for consideration for graduate admission is Band Score 7. Students who score below the required TOEFL or IELTS scores are strongly encouraged to enroll in an English as a second language program before beginning graduate work. UC San Diego Extension offers an excellent English language program during the summers as well as the academic year. More information on English Language Proficiency.

Applicants are judged competitively, and based on the candidate's background, qualifications, and goals. Chemical Engineering applicants should have an applicable chemical engineering background. For more information, please visit the graduate application for admission website or the list of admission frequently asked questions and answers.

Official transcripts and hard copy materials do not need to be sent to Graduate Admissions until an admission offer is made (please do not send documents to the department).

PhD Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 11:59pm PST.

MS Application Deadline: Updated - Wednesday January 3, 2024 at 11:59pm PST.