How to Apply for the M.S.

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Application information for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry Program

The deadline to submit an application for Fall 2017 enrollment was December 1, 2016. Applications received after this date through May 1, 2017 will be reviewed only on a space available basis. Please contact our Graduate Affairs Officer prior to applying at this stage. The online application is currently closed and will reopen in Fall 2017.

General Deadline: December 1, 2016
"Space Available" Deadline: May 1, 2017

If you have questions regarding the application or applying for our program, please refer to the information below and our "Frequently Asked Questions" page. You may also contact our Graduate Affairs Officer.

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry, please note this is a separate degree program.

Required Documentation

  • Transcripts: UC Davis requires academic records for 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, please visit here.
    • If you are a current or former UC Davis student, you do not need to order UC Davis transcripts with the exception of any UC Davis Extension coursework.
  • Official GRE General Test scores (the Subject Test is not required)
    • Institution Code: 4834
  • Official TOEFL scores (international students who are not exempted)
    • Institution Code: 4834
    • Department Code: 62
  • Two Personal Essays: These are opportunities to highlight your undergraduate research experience and demonstrate your maturity and motivation for graduate study. For more details on the essays, visit here.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: You will be asked to list the names and email addresses of the three individuals you have chosen to recommend you for admission, and they will receive instructions for uploading a letter.

Your application will not be reviewed until all items above have been received.

Educational Prerequisites

  • A B.S. or B.A. in Chemistry.
  • Minimum 3.0/4.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA, with a greater emphasis on your performance in your major courses.
  • No minimum requirement for GRE scores.
  • Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 100 or equivalent (international students only who are not exempted).

In addition to the requirements stated above, applicants are expected to have the equivalent of the following UC Davis courses (please refer to the General Catalog for course descriptions):

Preparatory Subject Matter

  • CHE 2A/B/C: General Chemistry (15 units with lab)
  • BIS 2A/B or C: Biological Sciences (9 units with lab)
  • PHY 7A/B/C: General Physics (12 units with lab)
  • MAT 16A/B/C: Calculus (9 units)
  • STA 13: Statistics (4 units)

Depth Subject Matter

  • CHE 128A/B/C: Organic Chemistry (9 units)
  • CHE 129 A/B/C: Organic Chemistry Lab (6 units)
    • If two or more sequences are offered, the more rigorous option is highly recommended.
  • CHE 107A/B: Physical Chemistry (6 units)
  • BIS 102: Biochemistry (3 units)

Undergraduate coursework in organic synthesis (CHE 131) and participation in undergraduate research in chemistry are not required for admission but are certainly desirable and will strengthen your application to the program.

Additional Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry are strongly encouraged to communicate with potential research advisers prior to admission to the program. It is essential that you contact faculty whose laboratories are conducting research in areas relevant to Pharmaceutical Chemistry that you also wish to pursue, in order to introduce yourself and inquire about their willingness to accept a new student in this degree program.

The process of communicating with potential research advisers should begin in the Fall (if not earlier), prior to the relevant application deadline. You should take the initiative to inquire about future research directions of laboratories, exchange research ideas with potential advisers and make every effort to identify viable opportunities. While formal acceptance into a research group cannot occur prior to admission, contacts should be far enough developed such that at least tentative identification of a research adviser can be made as soon after the time of admission as possible.

English Requirement for International Students

International students from countries where English is not the native language are required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. Scores are valid for up to two years after the testing date. You are exempted only if you are a native English speaker or have completed two full years at a university where English is the primary language of instruction at the time in which you apply.