Admission decisions are determined by review of applicants' transcripts, personal statement, letters of recommendation, undergraduate research, and strength of chemistry/biochemistry undergraduate background (including general, analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry courses; mathematics through calculus; and college level physics). Although applications are accepted throughout the year, most offers are made for admission in the fall semester.  Please note, we do not accept students directly into MS tracks.  Applications are accepted for our Ph.D. programs only.

The following criteria should be used as a guide to help you as you apply to our Ph.D. programs. 

  • Undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or above.
  • The General GRE exam is required for all applicants. Applicants with GRE scores above 155 in both quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning and an undergraduate GPA above 3.0 will receive priority consideration.
  • All international students must show English proficiency by taking the IELTS or the iBT form of the TOEFL and providing a score report. Please note: only the iBT form of the TOEFL is now accepted.  A TOEFL total score of 90 is required with a minimum speaking score of 26 to qualify for admission to our programs and for a teaching assistantship. A total minimum score of 7.0 is required on the IELTS exam and a speaking component score of 8.0 to qualify for a teaching assistantship.
  • Your personal statement should include your short term academic goals and long term professional goals and why our Department is a good fit for you.  Accordingly, include in your statement, the names of 3 professors you would like to research with and why.
  • Review of applications begin in early January and continues until our class is full. Priority is given to early applicants.
  • Applicants will be notified about acceptance and financial awards no later than April 1st. Complete applications should be in our office by January 15th. Applications received after January 15th are still eligible for acceptance if space is available.
  • Creativity Awards and Presidential Scholarships are available for highly qualified candidates. No special application is necessary for one of these awards; they are made at the discretion of the Graduate Program Committee and The Graduate School.
  • Contact Graduate Program Director, contact Doreen Brown prior to submitting your application. The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department will pay the application fee for you if you meet minimum requirements.
  • Graduate Online Application