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, 2019 (opens September 1, 2019)
 
 
Application Fees
$120: U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
$140: 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
    • The statement of purpose is an integral part of your application for graduate admission and consideration for merit-based financial support. It is used to understand your academic interests, and to evaluate your aptitude and preparation for graduate work, as well as your fit with the proposed program of study. It is also used to assess your ability to write coherent and convincing prose. 
    • Instructions: Respond to the following. Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 1-page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). You do not need to answer every question; focus on the elements that you feel are most relevant to your candidacy. 
      • What is your purpose in applying for graduate study in your specified degree program? Describe your area(s) of interest, including any subfield(s) or interdisciplinary interests. 
      • What experiences have prepared you for advanced study or research in this degree program? What relevant skills have you gained from these experiences? Have your experiences led to specific or tangible outcomes that would support your potential to contribute to this field (examples: performances, publications, presentations, awards or recognitions)?
      • What additional information about your past experience may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA? For example, you may wish to describe research, employment, teaching, service, artistic or international experiences through which you have developed skills in leadership, communication, project management, teamwork, or other areas.
      • Why is the UCLA Chemistry/Biochemistry graduate program the best place for you to pursue your academic goals? We encourage you to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors. 
      • What are your plans for your career after earning the Ph.D?
  • 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 optional 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

  • The Personal Statement is an opportunity for you to provide additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. It will also be used to consider candidates for the Cota-Robles fellowship. 
  • Instructions: Respond to one or more of the following prompts. Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (1-page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). To be considered for the Cota-Robles fellowship, be sure to describe your contributions to diversity. The University of California Diversity Statement can be found online: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/4400.html
    • Are there educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, not described in your Statement Purpose, that have shaped your academic journey? If so, how? Have any of these experiences provided unique perspective(s) that you would contribute to your program, field or profession?
    • Describe challenge(s) or barriers that you have faced in your pursuit of higher education. What motivated you to persist, and how did you overcome them? What is the evidence of your persistence, progress or success?
    • How have your life experiences and educational background informed your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education?
    • How have you been actively engaged (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs or activities focused on increasing participation by groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education?
    • How do you intend to engage in scholarly discourse, research, teaching, creative efforts, and/or community engagement during your graduate program that have the potential to advance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education?
    • How do you see yourself contributing to diversity in your profession after you earn your advanced degree at UCLA?

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
    • The statement of purpose is an integral part of your application for graduate admission and consideration for merit-based financial support. It is used to understand your academic interests, and to evaluate your aptitude and preparation for graduate work, as well as your fit with the proposed program of study. It is also used to assess your ability to write coherent and convincing prose. 
    • Instructions: Respond to the following. Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 1-page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). You do not need to answer every question; focus on the elements that you feel are most relevant to your candidacy. 
      • What is your purpose in applying for graduate study in your specified degree program? Describe your area(s) of interest, including any subfield(s) or interdisciplinary interests. 
      • What experiences have prepared you for advanced study or research in this degree program? What relevant skills have you gained from these experiences? Have your experiences led to specific or tangible outcomes that would support your potential to contribute to this field (examples: performances, publications, presentations, awards or recognitions)?
      • What additional information about your past experience may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA? For example, you may wish to describe research, employment, teaching, service, artistic or international experiences through which you have developed skills in leadership, communication, project management, teamwork, or other areas.
      • Why is the UCLA Chemistry/Biochemistry graduate program the best place for you to pursue your academic goals? We encourage you to indicate specific research interests and potential faculty mentors. 
      • What are your plans for your career after earning the Ph.D?
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  • 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 optional 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

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

  • The Personal Statement is an opportunity for you to provide additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. It will also be used to consider candidates for the Cota-Robles fellowship. 
  • Instructions: Respond to one or more of the following prompts. Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (1-page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). To be considered for the Cota-Robles fellowship, be sure to describe your contributions to diversity. The University of California Diversity Statement can be found online: https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/4400.html
    • Are there educational, personal, cultural, economic, or social experiences, not described in your Statement Purpose, that have shaped your academic journey? If so, how? Have any of these experiences provided unique perspective(s) that you would contribute to your program, field or profession?
    • Describe challenge(s) or barriers that you have faced in your pursuit of higher education. What motivated you to persist, and how did you overcome them? What is the evidence of your persistence, progress or success?
    • How have your life experiences and educational background informed your understanding of the barriers facing groups that are underrepresented in higher education?
    • How have you been actively engaged (e.g., through participation, employment, service, teaching or other activities) in programs or activities focused on increasing participation by groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education?
    • How do you intend to engage in scholarly discourse, research, teaching, creative efforts, and/or community engagement during your graduate program that have the potential to advance diversity and equal opportunity in higher education?
    • How do you see yourself contributing to diversity in your profession after you earn your advanced degree at UCLA?

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.