The Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (CCE) offers degree programs in:
The Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and engineering, including women.
All Graduate applications are handled through the Office of Graduate Studies, and all application materials should be sent to them. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online, however, you may request a paper application through the Graduate Office.
Completed applications are due to the Graduate Office no later than December 1st. Late applications may be considered but may be at a disadvantage in the allocation of assistance or the priority for admission.
Please note that a Master's degree in chemistry or chemical engineering is not ordinarily offered, except under special circumstances, and with prior approval of the Graduate Study Committee.
We strongly discourage applications from Caltech undergraduates, except for extenuating circumstances.
Admitted graduate students are supported through a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships and fellowships. Applicants are encouraged to pursue outside fellowships including those offered by US governmental organizations as well as those offered through international governments and private organizations.
For information regarding visit weekends, please see the description for each specific graduate program on the Graduate Student Visits page.
Caltech requires the verbal, quantitative, and analytical components of the Graduate Records Examination (GREs). Chemistry also requires applicants take either the Chemistry, Physics, or Biochemistry Subject Exam as part of the application.
There are no minimum score requirements for GREs.
Test scores are only one aspect of the application package.
Students coming from non-English speaking countries are required to take an English proficiency exam. However, students who have studied in the U.S. for 2 or more years, or who obtained a degree from a school whose primary instruction is in English are exempt from this requirement.
More information on the TOEFL, TSE, TWE, and IELTS tests are available at the Office of Graduate Studies Checklist.
The Admissions Committees will take several components of the application into consideration including letters of recommendation, grades in college particularly those in chemistry, biochemistry, and related subjects, any research experience including resulting publications or presentations, GRE scores, and the statement of purpose.
All documents related to the application must be submitted to the Graduate office on or before the December 1st deadline (Chemical Engineering program application must be submitted before the December 1st).
If you have questions about your application, please call the Graduate Office at (626) 395-6346 or send email to email@example.com.
Details of the Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics PhD Programs can be found in the Caltech course catalog.