Application Information

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati.  The Fall '25 application will open on August 1, 2024 and close on March 1, 2025.

Please check the timeline below and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) link before emailing/calling. Many of your questions can be answered here.

Students applying for the PhD program will be automaticaly considered for teaching assistantships. Also, we do not extend offers of conditional admissions to our graduate programs.  

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete an online application and pay the University required fee of $65 (domestic) and $70 (international). Your application cannot be evaluated until the University required fee has been paid.
  2. Three letters of recommendation
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Personal statement of research interests (including area of proposed study such as organic, physical, etc.) and reason for wanting to attend the University of Cincinnati.
  5. Standardized Tests of English Proficiency: TOEFL score (international students only) iBT min 80 (with speaking >17) OR IELTS 6.5+ overall band OR Pearson Test of English (PTE) 54, Duolingo English Test with a score of
    at least 110.  More information on English Proficiency Requirements:  Please have your TOEFL scores (if required) sent directly to the University of Cincinnati from ETS. The ETS code for the University of Cincinnati is 1833.  The Graduate School downloads IELTS scores that have been transmitted to their e-download account.  Self reported scores will not complete your application nor will scores that are below the minimum qualifying scores.  For proper matching of your test score(s) to your application, please use the same email address for both your test registration and your admissions application. 
  6. Official transcripts of all colleges/universities attended (only required if accepting an offer of admission.  Unofficial transcripts are used for evaluation purposes only).  Unofficial copies of all transcripts can now be uploaded during the application process.  If admitted to our program, official transcripts of all colleges/universities will need to be sent before joining the program
  7. GRE Scores are no longer required.

Deadline for Receipt of Materials
The Department of Chemistry begins reviewing completed applications in early January. The Fall application will close on March 1 annually. There are no Spring or Summer admissions.

Application Fee Waivers:  While we generally will not offer fee waivers, we will consider exceptions for qualified domestic applicants for whom the fee presents financial difficulty.


Graduate Admissions Timeline

January 15 – Application deadline
Applications must be received by this date to receive full consideration. Late applications can be considered, but will be considered only after all on-time applications are evaluated in case of remaining available slots.

If you are accepted to our program, you will receive an official offer letter from the department with all info on how to finalize your acceptance. Note that additional offers can be sent beyond this timeframe; however, this is rarely the case as most offers are sent by February.  Rejection letters are automatically sent out by the application system.

February/March - Graduate Recruitment Weekend (GRW).  
If you are accepted to our program, you will receive an invitation to visit the department soon after you receive the Chemistry Department acceptance letter. Students are strongly encouraged to visit during GRW, arriving Thursday, departing Sunday. The purpose of this weekend is to acquaint you with our program, including our faculty, graduate students and research facilities.  The department will pay for reasonable travel costs for this visit (for example: domestic travel & weekend stay).  International students can attend if they are in the US.  GRW is typically a weekend in late February/early March.

April 15 - Deadline for students to accept or decline offers of admission.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chemistry Graduate Admissions Coordinator by email at