How to Apply

General Application Information

Students entering the BMSB  program have earned a Bachelor's degree or equivalent. They have typically satisfied the following prerequisites: one year organic chemistry, one course in physical chemistry or biophysical chemistry, one year of biochemistry, some coursework in the life sciences, and some biochemistry laboratory experience.  The department does not offer a Master's degree program. 
 
 
CLICK TO ACCESS ONLINE APPLICATION PORTAL    Application Deadline: December 5, 2018 (opens September 1, 2018)
 
 
Application Fees
$105: U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
$125: All other applicants
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US DOMESTIC STUDENTS

Step 1:  Complete the UCLA Graduate Application (https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/admission-application-for-graduate-admission/).

You will create an application account and you may complete the application throughout multiple sessions by logging back in. Complete all required sections. 

Step 2:  Upload and input the following to the UCLA application:
  • Statement of Purpose
    • State your purpose for applying to the BMSB doctoral program. Describe your scholarly and research area(s) of interest, experiences that contributed to your preparation in the field, and your plans for your future occupation or profession. Briefly describe experiences that have prepared you for advanced study or research, and provide any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. You are encouraged to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors.
      We do not have a maximum or minimum length requirement, though the recommended length is 1-2 pages double-spaced with 1” margins
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • ​Input the name and email address of each recommender. UCLA will send an automated email with instructions to your recommender. Your recommender will have the opportunity to complete the evaluation online and upload their letter (pdf format). The letters must come directly from your recommender and cannot be mailed by the student. Recommendation letters must be uploaded by the deadline. Your recommenders will be able to submit their letters of recommendation once your application is submitted. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The general GRE test is required for all applicants. Self-report your score and upload an unofficial copy. If you self-report your test scores on the application, we will accept your official GRE score after the application deadline.

  • Official General GRE Score
    • GRE Codes:
    • UCLA - R4837
    • Biochemistry- 0202
  •  Biochemistry Subject GRE is not required, but will be considered.

Transcripts & GPA

  • Report your undergraduate GPA in the correct fields. The minimum cumulative GPA for graduate applicants is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (“B” average). You will have the option to report your major GPA.  Upload one copy of a transcript for each institution you attended for your undergraduate degree and if applicable, graduate degree. UCLA does not require your official transcript unless you are accepted into the program. If you are accepted, we will request that you send official transcripts. Uploaded unofficial copies are sufficient for the application. 

English-language Exam

  • Domestic students who received their degree from a university outside the United States or in a country where English is not the primary spoken language nor the medium of instruction must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Visit this website for more information: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/english-requirements/

Personal History Statement

  • A personal history statement is required when applying for certain fellowships, such as the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. The statement has a 8000 character-limit.

For more information, please visit: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/funding-for-entering-student...

Step 3:  Submitting your UCLA application:

Once you have checked that your application is complete and all information is correct, you should pay the application fee or submit a fee waiver. 

   Fee waiver eligibility: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/research-requirements/
Please note that paying the application fee does not mean you submitted the application. After you pay, the system will prompt you to submit your application.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Step 1:  Complete the UCLA Graduate Application (https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/admission-application-for-graduate-admission/).

  • The Application Fee is $125 for international applicants.

Step 2:  Upload and input the following to the UCLA application:

  • Statement of Purpose
    • State your purpose for applying to the BMSB doctoral program. Describe your scholarly and research area(s) of interest, experiences that contributed to your preparation in the field, and your plans for your future occupation or profession. Briefly describe experiences that have prepared you for advanced study or research, and provide any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. You are encouraged to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors.
      We do not have a maximum or minimum length requirement, though the recommended length is 1-2 pages double-spaced with 1” margins
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • ​Input the name and email address of each recommender. UCLA will send an automated email with instructions to your recommender. Your recommender will have the opportunity to complete the evaluation online and upload their letter (pdf format). The letters must come directly from your recommender and cannot be mailed by the student. Recommendation letters must be uploaded by the deadline. Your recommenders will be able to submit their letters of recommendation once your application is submitted. 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The general GRE test is required for all applicants. Self-report your score and upload an unofficial copy. If you self-report your test scores on the application, we will accept your official GRE score after the application deadline.

  • Official General GRE Score
    • GRE Codes:
    • UCLA - R4837
    • Biochemistry- 0202
  •  Biochemistry Subject GRE is not required, but will be considered.

Transcripts & GPA

  • Upload one copy of a transcript for each institution you attended for your undergraduate degree and if applicable, graduate degree. Submit two copies of your official transcripts to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. One copy in English and one copy in the language of instruction are required.Once you graduate, request that two copies of your diploma and certificate be mailed to our department. One copy in English and one copy in the language of instruction are required.

English-language Exam: TOEFL or IELTS

International applicants who received their undergraduate degree outside the United States or in another country where English is not the primary spoken language of daily life and not the medium of instruction must take the TOEFL or IELTS exam 

  • TOEFL: Your overall TOEFL score must be an 87 or higher. The department requires a minimum speaking score of 24. 
  • IELTS: Your overall IELTS band score must be 7.0 or higher. The department requires a minimum speaking score of 7.0.
Visit this website for more information: https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/english-requirements/
TOEFL codes
  • Institution code: 4837
  • Biochemistry (BMSB): 34

 

Personal History Statement

  • A personal history statement is required when applying for certain fellowships, such as the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. The statement has a 8000 character-limit.

For more information, please visit: https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/financial-aid/funding-for-entering-student...

Step 3:  Submitting your UCLA application:

Once you have checked that your application is complete and all information is correct, you should pay the application fee or submit a fee waiver. 

   Fee waiver eligibility:  https://grad.ucla.edu/admissions/research-requirements/
Please note that paying the application fee does not mean you submitted the application. After you pay, the system will prompt you to submit your application.